Goodbye Smith’s

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Buildings aren’t worth getting sentimental about. But it is sad to watch the old Smith’s store at Arbor Park Center disappear this past week. This was the grocery store I went to as a 5, 10, and 15 year-old growing up.
The owner of the center opened a new center down the street in 1999, cannibalizing Arbor Park. Within 5 years everybody, including Smith’s had moved away, into the new digs. That’s left this old store sitting empty for another 6 years since.
Frankly, I was surprised the building was still here when I got back from Oregon. I don’t know if the developer is planning to replace the building, or if he just wanted to reduce his property taxes. But, either way, the Smith’s is gone.