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That Little Store

Added: Friday, May 2nd 2014 at 3:48pm by damnpamn
 
 
 

There's a little IGA store in St. Albans, West Virginia.  It is a small family owned grocery store and they go out of their way to take care of me everytiime I go in there.  I have mentioned them before because they go out of their way to special order the salt free tomato juice I need.  They don't charge an arm and a leg for it either so I can afford to get as many as I want - usually 4 to 6 a month.

There are lots of bigger chain stores along the way as I drive to get there but my need for the tomato juice isn't enough to interest any of them in carrying it...or if they do it costs so much I can't afford more than a couple of them.

But that isn't all that is special about this little store.  They bend over backwards to help me with my purchases - including loading them in my truck for me.  Today the little old lady that runs the register even had someone there to unload my cart and put my stuff on the counter to get rung up.

It was most appreciated since I started having chest pain a few minutes before I decided it was time to go.  I don't make a big production out of it.  I just rest in the aisle when it happens and make my way out of the store.

I go out of my way to purchase more goods at the little store.  I want to help them stay in business.  I don't get a lot of stuff because their prices are too high but I do get what I can manage to afford.  I believe in supporting mom and pop stores anyway - not just the ones that go out of their way to help me.

They have a deli.  I avoid it because deli food is usually loaded with salt.  Last month I was walking by when the lady was putting out a freshly fried chicken breast.  It smelled and looked so good I couldn't resist it.  For $3 I got a humongous breast and bought a tiny thing of potato salad to go with it for lunch.  It was scrumptious.  It was so scrumptious that I got the same thing again today and I will probably do it next month as well.

I don't eat much fried food so this one transgression shouldn't hurt too much I hope.  Especially since that chicken breast is so big I actually ate it and the potato salad for 2 meals. {#basic-smile.gif}

Anyway I'll keep going to the little store.  Not because they have groceries - I can get them anywhere and cheaper for the most part.  What you can't get is the kind of service they offer and they are so friendly about it.  I used to assure them I was fine and didn't need the help (when it was obvious I did).  They just brush those protests off and is much better to just accept the help gracfully and say a heartfelt, "thank you."

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Those kinds of places are getting harder and harder to find, but they do exist and, like you, I give as much business as I can to them.

My folks had a small fruit stand business that grew into a small grocery store. My mom and I tried to give service to our great customers. My dad even gave the farm workers during the winter to buy groceries. In 25 years, only two did not pay him back and we are sure there was good reason. Times were different then.

I loved the sound of this small store. It sounds wonderful. 

 

 

My dad used to be a car dealer.  There were plenty of times he would let coal miners on strike take a car and pay for it when they went back to work.  He always said they were "good as gold."{#apploud.gif}

That is nice to hear. People can be trusted in situations like that.

You're great Pam! Excellent Post! 

yep a lot are going away they get old and the kids don't want to run teh business, I know my family in Arkansas always had fruit and veggie stands to help. Grannie sold her eggs.  One store I remember as a kid burned down and I think that was the last one in our family town.

there one little store up North where our neighbor has a summer home and it's neat to go in and it helps that very small town.

on teh side teh lady makes pizza on Friday and Saturday nights and boy she is hopping those nights.

It's so nice to hear of places where you are actually treated like a PERSON.  I can see why you like going there.

Outstanding. When you find a store that takes the time to know you and who still helps their customers they deserve all the support you can give them.

My old mum used to do the same, she wouldnt shop at the supermarket but went into the IGA in town, cause they would even carry the things out to the car for her, and she would always use the fruit shop instead of a supermarket as well, I use our fruit shop dont buy that from the supermarket, even tho a small shop has less buying power that a chain store, they have cheaper and fresher fruit

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