My biggest frustration is supplies. I am in an area with no decent places to get the stuff I need. We have no restaurant depot, no Costco, no Sam’s club. We don’t even have a Walmart. There is a BJ’s, but they don’t open until after I do, and they are the smallest BJ’s I’ve ever seen, focusing 99% on the consumer market with almost nothing for business (they’re more like a small supermarket than a wholesale club).
I have a meat supplier that delivers to me, but they only come up to my neck of the woods once a week, which means if I run out of something I’m screwed (or I have to pay ridiculous supermarket prices). Bread is a huge issue that I’ve been trying to get a vendor to deliver to me, but so far no luck. Chips I have a friend get them for me at a potato chip company about 90 minutes away from me, then I drive out and pick them up from my friend (my local BJ’s doesn’t sell the size bags I need, frigid lay won’t deliver because I’m too small, and utz was happy to deliver but the chips cost twice as much per bag as I pay Wachusett getting them from the factory direct, and Wachusett are better chips.)
Soda is also a huge issue. My local BJ’s has a very limited selection (they don’t even sell root beer or Orange soda!). The local grocery stores both charge a ridiculous $4.99 a 12-pack. The nearest Walmart (25 minutes away) doesn’t sell cases of soda, and their 12-pack price is only pennies cheaper than the supermarkets. So twice a month I make the hour-each-way drive to Keene to get cases of soda.
So… its pretty clear based on this long rant that supplies are by far my biggest frustration. And unless I can get more vendors to deliver to me (especially a bread vendor, that’s my number one need right now), there’s no hope of most of it getting better. I’m told that a Walmart supercenter will be opening soon about 35 minutes away, so that may help (I hope… I’ve never been in a Walmart supercenter before, except for once on vacation in Florida and then I was only looking for flip-flops) so I don’t know what selection they have).
So, anyway… hey, thanks for posting a topic that let’s me rant for a while!