I just blogged about Hi-Lo closing.
I'm curious, which would you rather, Whole Food or Trader Joe's or what alternatives would you suggest?
How would this benefit our community and who would it hurt?
If we feel strongly about this, we can weigh in. Before we do, we need to carefully take into who our who really represents - and work to ensure all voices are heard.
This post was edited to after feedback from the comments at 7:38 pm.
How about Harvest moving there and improving? There are wonderful natural food stores in many places I have lived or visited; I'm not sure why we can't have such a store in Boston/JP. With more room and better management, Harvest could become such a store.
I find it interesting that a lot of the people posting here are complaining that Hi-Lo's closing has to do with gentrification or the yuppie invasion, etc. and in addition stating that Whole Foods is too expensive and that we have great local and/or organic food at City Feed. City Feed is so expensive! City Feed is not the alternative. There is a Stop&Shop in Jackson Square that is affordable, there is Harvest which is kind of in the middle and then there is City Feed which is ridiculously overpriced. I think we have a bit of everything and whatever opens there will likely motivate everyone to be more competitive and provide better products.
I am sad to see Hi-Lo go because as has been said by others, it is an institution and it is where a lot of us of latin/hispanic heritage could find ingredients that reminded us of home, but if they got an offer they couldn't refuse, it was their choice to accept it and we have to accept that choice as well. I do not like the idea of Whole Foods opening there because of a variety of reasons, many of which have been brought up by others, but as happens with any changes, I am sure we will eventually get used to whatever it is that ends up opening there (whether we make use of it or not).
P.S. If Trader Joe's were even considering opening a store there I probably would take advantage of it from time to time.
Too bad it's a done deal. I think Trader Joe's would have been a much better choice
for JP and the Hyde Square neighborhood.
This really was a ridiculous way to move into this discussion Joseph. We don't "have a voice." You've got people on here voting on these two chains, making suggestions for other ones when the reality is, there is NO CHOICE. Why not just start a topic: "How do you feel about the Whole Foods coming to JP?" Because that's the truth of the matter.
That said, I find it laughable that some people are defending Harvest (which is notoriously poor quality) and saying that we have enough options grocery-wise. If that were true, perhaps people wouldn't be traveling to Brookline just to get their weekly fruits and vegetables. Fact is, this will be a good thing for JP, maybe it will cause Harvest, Stop & Shop et al to step up and we will have viable alternatives locally - and not just the dreaded "that's all we've got."
But please, stop voting on this. It's not multiple choice.
Dudes, I don't think it matters what we think. The Gazette is reporting that the reason Hi-Lo is closing is because Whole Foods already offered them a bunch of money to be able to move in:
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