It was announced earlier this week that Lucky’s would be closing all of their stores in region except for one in Melbourne. While I am not a Lucky’s customer, I know plenty of people that are, and the news set off a disappointed reaction that is still making noise right now.
It leads to questions. Like “Why is a store loved by many such as Lucky’s going under, while others that are not only disliked, but bad for it’s customers, thriving in Orlando?”.
I’m talking about dollar food stores.
Yes, the chains that offer low priced products that are loaded into poorly maintained freezers and offer nothing but health problems in return.
Nutrition experts call them “food deserts”. This is because there are no produce sections or healthy alternatives there. Those would add unwanted costs to these chains that are already getting rich in struggling communities. There is no reason for them to make an investment in options that would lead to a healthy community because that doesn’t make them any money.
Instead they’re investing in lobbyists, who then talk to local leaders and convince them into slamming and cramming these stores into our neighborhoods.
“Well, good food costs more. Doesn’t it?”
That’s a fair question. It does.
What we need are local leaders demanding these low quality chains introduce just a couple of elements that are better for it’s customers. Something that isn’t microwaved and eaten out of a metallic colored plastic tray.
Of course, it doesn’t all fall one way. The nicer stores need to figure out a model that does a better job letting people know what they’re about because I sure didn’t, and I’m a middle of the road food shopper.
This also isn’t a call to eradicate dollar stores altogether. They have a purpose.
Birthday balloons and Christmas wrapping paper.
The bottom line is that if this food economy was working properly, we’d be rewarding the organizations that are doing more for their customers, and it would be the ones cutting corners and reducing costs at the expense of the community that would be going out of business.
But not this time. Let’s learn from this so that we can keep the good businesses in our community while watching the bad ones shutter and fail.