I just got back from the final day of M Street Grocery.
When I arrived, I found a crowd of people and TV cameras. When I walked up to find out what was happening, I was told the following:
- The M Street Grocery would not be open today.
- The reason they would not open is because the lawyers for the landlord would not allow them to open.
- The reason the M is closing is because the landlord doubled the rent for the store from $22,000 to $44,000.
- The M would be donating much of its remaining food to a local food bank.
Remember, I was told all of the above by local shoppers. I cannot confirm or deny the accuracy of any of it.
I also learned (from the same folks) that the employees of the M were notified of its closing last Thursday night, that its last day will be Friday (the next day).
Said one longtime shopper “Had I known that they were going to close, I would have been out here with protest signs the next day!”.
I think many people would have, and that was probably why the landlord has acted in the manner that he has. The M is the only supermarket on First Hill, the next closest being the QFC at Pike and Broadway.
A large number of people came to the M today. They walked, drove, and took buses to the market. Everyone was confused and disappointed.
In the end, this is why America will eventually fail. We are all being crushed under an avalanche of pure, unbridled greed, and it will only get worse until people cannot take any more.
For my part, I will do my best to organize a boycott of whatever business moves into the M space. It’s not too late to protest. The landlord may have made a serious miscalculation.
I would like to choke off the financial viability of that particular space. Boycott the new tenant. Do not spend a penny in the store. We can make the $22,000 they were getting from the M the most they ever got from a tenant. As citizens, it’s really the only retribution we have. We can hit the landlord and the lawyer back where it hurts the most … in the bank account.
I hope you will join me.
Goodbye M Street Grocery. I knew you for a month, but it was evident today that you had scores of loyal customers and admirers. They all spoke glowingly of the market, and were borderline depressed that it was leaving. Apparently, you served the community, and served it well. I wish I had the chance to know you better.
Now, I never will.