Markets: The Suburban Supermarket

March 28th, 2009
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I could never live in the suburbs for any number of reasons beginning with the fact that I don’t drive, an essential skill in any place outside a real city. Beyond that, the suburban aesthetic and the concept of the subdivision offend me to my quite citified core.
But, there is one thing that I find attractive about the world outside of The Big City: the supermarkets like this one we visited near Chapel Hill while visiting my aunt.
They are gigantic. And Clean. And full of so many wonderful things that I temporarily lose my sympathy for local small businesses and pine away at the many, many options on hand.
The airplane hanger-sized space is full of so much wonderful stuff that I find myself wandering through the aisles wistfully, raising my arms to full length and appreciating all the space. It’s like a different world.
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Another wonderful feature of the supermarkets outside of New York is that they stock wine, something that is still unavailable at home. Racks and racks of bottles of medium to low-priced wines are on sale in the same place you get the rest of your groceries.
The selection does not include the highest end bottles, but it has more than enough wonderful everyday bottles.
Given space and legal concerns, I don’t expect to see a place like this in NYC-proper for some time, but I can dream. . . .

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