In my area, I hate to say that local grocery stores that supply all foods and merchandise
are about dead. Corparate grocery stores have taken over, except for one local owner.
We have many ethnic "grocery" stores, which are limited to what they offer and also
seasonal farmer markets.
We usually go to Wal-Mart or Costco for most things.
I can still remember as child going to a locally owned grocery store, owned by "worldly"
Mennonites, who had it all, including low prices. What I cherish was they had a room
where kids could go to and read comic books and other youth-focussed books while parents
shopped. It was a family grocery store, and they sold tobacco-products, but no beer.
It was a family ritual to shop back then, meaning my whole family went together. Strange thought today.
We also had a Farm-Bureau Co-op Grocery store, where you could buy grocery, but also feed and equipment
for livestock as well as clothes, nails, cosmetics, or refrigerators.
Perhaps one day, my children will be recalling going to the good old Wal-Mart.