Jul 15, 2021Liked by Addison Del Mastro

I generally never use these stores. I have no reason to since the nearby Harris Teeter, Giant, etc. fulfill our grocery needs. But of all the businesses to take the place of the Toys R Us, the Food Star seems like the perfect -- if unusual -- choice. It's certainly preferable to a dollar store style chain, which seem to be the easiest and most common filler of vacant retail spaces of this size. And of course it's much better than the site sitting empty for years as the property becomes a blight -- a real concern for these type of retail properties. The Food Star serves a basic need for the local community. I lived near the old one on Columbia Pike in Arlington and never heard complaints about its quality or prices.

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