How About Two Stop and Shops?
Stop and Think!
Who says Nantucket winters are boring? It may seem dull most of the time but this off-season started with a bang for everyone when the probability of CVS taking over the the Grand Union spot became public, causing a monumental community uprising rejecting the idea. The thought of anything but a grocery store in this spot was simply unthinkable. The obvious Davy vs. Goliath scenario was about to be played out in print and cyberspace like nothing seen in years.
In the end, Nantucket dodged this bullet but in my view, the most important matter is that we all learned a lesson that we can't always get everything we want and that we need to have better relationships with the "Big 3" downtown property owners.
So here we are in the middle of "rumor season" and it's been awfully quiet. I for one would have loved to see the Mignosa's Fruitcenter or Roche Brothers take over the sight but that doesn't seem to be happening. So why not Stop and Shop? They're already here and it makes a lot of sense for them to move into the prime downtown location.
In years past we may have responded with our predictable "No" to them as they would have a "monopoly" here but I think we may have learned a lesson this year about Nantucket economics. The truth is that the competition is really Nantucket itself and also people doing bulk shopping on the Cape. Doing large scale business here is a monumental challenge. Ask any restaurant owner how many weeks a year they make money. Their answer may be in days, not weeks. We don't think about that with Stop and Shop, but they have enormous challenges here during the summer to take care of 35,000 more people. Not a simple task 26 miles out to sea.
It simply makes Nantucket business sense for Stop and Shop to re-create the building to something more attractive to summer visitors, while in winter giving us a different place to go to break up the monotony. This will also help S&S spread out the business a bit so they can better manage trucks and restocking etc.
And now that we have the Shell branded gas, using your points finally gives us a little something to smile about.
I say get it done and move on to the next issue.
Nathaniel Lowell is a fifth-generation Nantucketer with strong views.
(Photo credit: Nantuckettiechic.com)