Okay, so the Grand Union supermarket at the Delco shopping center on Shore Road closed its doors this past Sunday, March 25 after serving our community for nearly 20 years. For all intents and purposes Grand Union has sold out all of its stores to other supermarket chains, though at the moment a few are still operating under the GU name.
Grand Union was once a major supermarket chain having some 700 stores, ranging from Vermont and down to Florida and Puerto Rico. Then going into 2001, the chain was down to about 200 stores and operating in the red.
How will the closure of Port's Grand Union impact on their businesses in the Delco center? Several of the owners said they stand to lose about 10 to 15 percent of their business.
This conclusion was echoed by Sal D'Aguanno, the owner of LaStella, a really good family restaurant specializing in Italian cuisine. Sal comes from a family of restaurant owners ... and like other store operators in Delco, he's a hard worker and will do his share in keeping Delco alive and healthy.
There are still a lot of good things about Delco. For starters, there's an Amoco gas station near the entrance, and several other good places to eat, including the old reliable Burger King (recently refurbished), Taco Bell and Gum How, specializing in Chinese food.
Certainly, it is not good when a major business closes in Port, but that's still not the end of the world.