Thing about living in the Mission Village side of Serra Mesa is the lack of big stores. We have one: The CVS pharmacy store on Sandrock Road.

We were bummed when Henry's closed but happy when CVS opened in the same spot. CVS is known as a pharmacy but it does sell groceries. The service is good. I do all my little shopping there. Was there this night; saved $5 with a CVS coupon. Not bad for a man with a family.

A couple of supermarkets with fresh produce and meat have opened next to CVS in recent years but have closed rather quickly.Maybe there's not enough families to support a supermarket. Maybe they prefer to shop elsewhere. Maybe CVS has everything they need. Maybe. I know they don't carry salami.

We do all our big shopping at the Vons and Wal-Mart in Stonecrest or the Target in Kearny Mesa or the Target and Ralphs in Mission Valley.We have to drive several miles to get to these places. I feel bad for people who live here and have no cars.

We have a lot of old folks who have lived here most of their lives. It makes me wonder how they get around to shop for anything. Maybe they're more practical than I am and are fine with what the CVS and smaller stores around here have to offer.

At their age maybe a pharmacy is the best thing for them.

-Leonel Sanchez-

Yes, I'm a regular. : Image


a2zresource Oct. 8, 2010 @ 8:09 a.m.

Here in Encantostan, there are no chain stores of appreciable size. We consider Greene Cat Liquor or Howell's Liquor and Deli to be our supermarket representatives in this part of town, clustered around Imperial Avenue and well east of I-15. There are some establishments with the word "Supermarket" in their business names, but one look will tell most observant people otherwise, that it's just an aspiration. Thanks to Carolyn Smith and SEDC, one either travels to Lemon Grove or somewhere else to shop at a distance. For the public transit users, if it doesn't fit on the Orange Line trolley or the Route 4 bus, then that purchase just won't make it home.


Leonel Sanchez Oct. 8, 2010 @ 11:03 p.m.

Wow, you have to go outside the city to make big purchases


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