UPDATE — They’re open!
Maybe all is not lost. I recently reported the sad news about Spalding’s sudden and unexpected closing, along with the grapevine rumor that it was permanent. Finally, the local news media got off their butts and shed some light on the story. It’s disgraceful that it took them over a month to report on an issue of such vital interest to citizens, but at least their belated report left some small glimmer of hope.
In addition to bringing hope of some small chance Spalding’s might re-open, the story also raises some other questions. Of course, there’s the obvious question of just what the world is coming to when a 79-year-old man who has been responsible for so much happiness is brutally beaten by a robber. The scumbag might as well have attacked Santa Claus.
And then you have to wonder, how could a doughnut shop possibly have been robbed? I thought those places had more police protection than Fort Knox. I’d be willing to bet that, if they do reopen, there will be a vastly increased police presence in the area. That might be disturbing to the liquor store across the street, with the sign “Do not run into store to dodge police”, but it would be a great source of comfort to many others.