Hardly surprising, word is that Porcelli’s Food Mart in Old Greenwich is going out, to be replaced by a chain grocery. Meh – the store’s days have long been numbered and ever since Shop Rite opened, the drop – off of customers has been quite visible – you see more patrons with hand baskets, picking up a few forgotten items than full-cart, full-week shoppers. Shop Rite, Stop & Shop, Fairways, even Whole Foods, all offer more variety and with the glaring exception of Whole Foods and Fairway, better prices.
Nothing against the Poricelli’s, owners of Food Mart. They’ve been very decent owners, generous to the community, and they ran a good shop. But the day of the small independent grocer has passed.
The rumored new tenant is something called Kings Food Markets. Sounds like another Whole Foods, which doesn’t exactly stimulate my taste buds or my wallet, but then, I don’t think CVS improved the neighborhood either. Life goes on.