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The Corner Store
by Vicki GRECH 
07/06/11
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The old Corner Store made a great deal of sense! Oh, how many miss it so much. The Corner Store served many very well over the years, however, not too many realise the full potential of this humble convenience.

For example, it saved us money, it helped us to realise how much we could "really" spend. It provided us with a form of exercise and an opportunity to interact with others on a social level. In doing so, we had the opportunity to learn from others during our casual conversations. These interactions I believe were an essential and integral part of our lives in helping us to keep living well.

Through the generous nature of many Corner Store Proprietors, we were also given the grace of credit until pay day. Such things as milk, bread, fruit and veggies are basic food requirements we need on a daily basis. Try going to the supermarket and see if they will give you credit! I can almost guarantee they won't. Thus those who cannot afford to pay for a few days, go without.

Amongst all these cost-saving benefits, I think the greatest would have been the fact the household did not need to own two motor vehicles. For many of us, the disappearance of the Corner Store left us relying on public transport to obtain our supplies. Obviously, the loading of small children, prams and groceries on and off this transportation system is a frustrating and difficult situation.

Added to this, is the fact that for many, the local train station or bus stop was a fair walk to our home. Over-all, using the public transport system to obtain supplies was certainly a frustrating experience. Hence, many of us purchased a second motor vehicle to run around in. It seems a rather expensive trade-off for the humble and more cost-efficient Corner Store.

There seems to be an overwhelming perhaps even subconscious desire for people to return to the beauty of simplicity; or the simple things of life. Simple things keep life simple, manageable, cost-efficient and conservative in all things. Conservation maintains and sustains overall balance in our lives just as it does in any other kingdom on earth. In todaysí world, there seems to be a syndrome, even a sickness called; "over-indulgence" and it is costing us the quality of our lives on a daily basis.

In the long run, the little extra cost we paid on items at the Corner Store I believe is insignificant when compared to the extra costs we have inherited with their closing. The cost to us personally, emotionally, physically and financially (overall growth), with the disappearance of the Corner Store I believe has been far too under-valued for far too long.

Sadly, I do not believe it is possible to "revive" the Corner Store given the nature of the fast-paced lifestyle we endure each day. It is because of this lifestyle the Corner Store could not survive to serve the Communities once more. I believe, the humble Corner Store is just one amongst many we need back in our lives, but the chances are slim for their survival.

A local Corner Store provided opportunity to be more cost-efficient overall, and satisfy our need for social interactive learning on a daily routinal basis. Furthermore, I believe people have lost far more than they realise as they strive for reasoning in our modern-day lifestyle.


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veronica cressey  01 Aug 2011
Many moons ago, Vicki,back in London, as a child I used to visit our corner store for my Mum. We always got credit! The owner was a Godsend to many struggling families. But you are correct in your article-try asking any Supermarket today for credit and they would look upon you as a nutcase!




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