(circa 2005? Revised.)
I drove to Wal-Mart for something or another. It was so cold absolutely nobody was out and about, so I was able to cruise through the empty Superstore’s aisles in no time at all. Afterward, I decided to stop by a local Winn-Dixie grocery store to see if they had any Wasabi paste.
But they did have stainless steel pots on sale. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been looking for an inexpensive 5-gallon stainless steel pot to use for home brewing. And there one was, sitting in a special display.
“$5.95?” I asked the cashier incredulously as I pointed to the large pot.
“That’s right,” she said.
“You’re kidding!” I exclaimed.
I drove home with a 20, a 16, a 12, and an 8-quart set of stainless steel pots with lids for under twenty dollars. I got the very last 5-gallon pot, which is too bad, because if they had had another one, I would have picked one up for Rich, who also brews home beer.
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(2011) — Tim says: since then the Wal-Mart Superstore has put the local Roanoke Rapids Winn-Dixie grocery store out of business. And many other local Mom and Pop businesses as well. When I experienced that happening with my own two eyes, I cut my Wal-Mart shopping to nearly zero. I’d rather support Mom and Pop and the local economy whenever possible, any day, even if I have to spend a few extra bucks.