My dinner guests are arriving shortly, and I am out of the butter needed for my mash potatoes. Where do I go to buy some? There used to be a wonderful corner store located across the road from where I lived. The store always stocked my ‘most forgotten to buy items’, such as onions, broccoli, lettuce, tomatoes, and yes, butter. They also made the best homemade Aussie hamburgers; remember those? It was a burger with all fresh ingredients, and nothing processed. Yummo.
It was your typical old-fashioned corner store; upon entering, I’d walk past the wonderful display of fresh, locally grown, fruits and vegetables. I was always greeted with a friendly, “G’day!” Some days I’d stop and smell the freshly cut roses in front of the store as I returned home from my morning power walk. On those days, I did ‘wake up and smell the roses’, and they were simply divine! But, my favourite time of year was when the Bowen mangoes were in season and available for purchase. It was delightful to smell their fresh, fragrant, sweet aroma, and then choose a few to take home for a healthy breakfast.
On the counter, I was also tempted (and often succumbed) by the variety of homemade jams and cakes sold. Whilst paying for my purchase, the owners would talk to me about the weather, and with a smile we would always agree that we lived in paradise. You accepted that the prices of food items where a little more expensive than the larger super markets, as it was a convenience store. I always left the store feeling happy and carrying something healthy.
Unfortunately, my days of having this store across the road are over, as it has been replaced by a 7/eleven franchise store. The sole objective of these stores is to sell and promote chemical laden, processed junk food, such as soft drinks, hot dogs, Slurpee drinks, and other unhealthy fast food items; they offer a few real food items at highly inflated prices. And we wonder why obesity in children and adults is reaching plague proportions in this country. Hello! We must seriously stop supporting these stores, Australia!
So where did I go to buy my butter? Luckily we still have one locally owned corner store down the road in Main Beach, which I now proudly support when in need. At least there I have the option of buying real food, unlike any 7/eleven store in Australia.
What are your thoughts about the 7/eleven chain?
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