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Woolworths Finally Closes Its Door As The Last Stores Close
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In this world of big box stores shopping is different than it used to be. At least it is for me.

We follow traffic that seems like we are going to a game seven of a world series. We are on roads that I know were built just to get masses of people to a place that uses the slogan ‘World’s Largest Retailer’.

And what is the great item we seek? The last treasure we went to get was a toilet plunger.

No one to help you find what you are looking for. You may do self checkout. Is there even anyone working there? I’m not sure, but they claim to be the best.

Now as I go to my memory and think of shopping in my home town Coast to Coast store, things are much different. There’s Arnold. He owns the store. As soon as he’s done making a key and then finishing that plumbing project for that other guy, it’ll be my turn.

It looks like all he has to do is finish cutting that pipe and put some threads on it. No wait, now he’s telling that other guy how to wire up a light switch.

Here comes Arnold’s wife saying she’ll help me. I can’t handle all this attention.

My question is simple. Where did all those fun stores go?

My ultimate favorite place was ‘Woolworths’ in Watertown, SD. Woolworths were everywhere. They had a lot of stuff. I bought my first stereo there. They had a fun lunch area with those glass tanks bubbling with colorful drinks.

What about ‘Ben Franklin’, ‘Montgomery Wards’ and for heaven’s sake ‘Red Owl’ grocery stores. What else am I forgetting? Maybe you can think of some.

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