It's probably not healthy to have an emotional attachment to a grocery store, but I do.

When I heard Schnuck's grocery store in Bettendorf announce they are closing in August 16, I had to take a moment. I've had some great memories there because for many years, it was my neighborhood market.

I lived along the river where Bettendorf meets Davenport. Schnuck's was just a quick drive up the hill. When you need a can of cream of mushroom soup, it seemed like a long haul to get to the other side of Bettendorf to go to the other grocery store chain.

There's something wonderful about the local market. I liked parking close. I liked the tiny 'shopper in training' grocery carts. My granddaughter thought it was so special to put her favorite fruit and chocolate milk in there. Heck, I even liked the music that played in Schnuck's.

A few years ago, I moved to a small town outside of the Quad Cities. The grocery store was small, but it was a life saver when I needed children's Tylenol at 9 pm or that elusive can of cream of mushroom soup. Sadly it closed too just last year. Sure, it's inconvenient not to have a store in town, but I wonder what happened to the smiling faces of workers there. Where did they go?

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Where will the Schnuck's workers go? The company said they'll try to employ the Bettendorf workers elsewhere, but the nearest store is 90 miles away. I feel the loss of good memories at the grocery store. I liked seeing the worker's smiling faces there too. I'll always have my memories, but for the people who made the store feel so welcoming, I wonder what they'll do.

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