So, we're feeling sorry for ourselves that Kroger bought out Scott's, and there will be fewer stores, less choice. And, by the way, isn't it terrible that all the Mom-and-Pop grocery stores have been driven out of business and we have to put up with buying our food at the giants like Meijer and Wal-Mart? On the other hand, this could be Detroit:
The lack of major grocery stores has long been a quality-of-life problem in Detroit and one reason some families don't want to live in the city. Now, however, the situation is getting worse as the last two Farmer Jack stores in the city prepare to close by Saturday.
If no grocery stores buy the Farmer Jack locations from the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co., Detroit will be left without a single national chain supermarket, much less a Wal-Mart or Meijer superstore or a Costco-style warehouse store.
The story ends with a resident's lament: "Here we are, trying to revitalize the waterfront and make this city whole again, but people who live here can't even find something decent to eat. Where's the justice in that?" Justice is not the right word. Businesses will not locate in neighborhoods that are dangerous or otherwise not worth the effort to try to make a profit. If you make your whole city like one of those neighborhoods, lots of luck.