JAMES and ANNA MILLER: Part-time residents make plea for grocery store to remain open

TO THE EDITOR:

An open letter to Oleson’s Food Store:

Thank you for providing Manistee a really good grocery store. Thanks especially for a top-of-the-line meat department, bakery and deli.

Thanks for the smiles and welcome of your employees and for their getting to know me well enough to make some wisecrack about my loading up on fritters to take back to Indianapolis for each friend who has visited, experienced a fritter, and now expects me to bring some back each time I make one of my approximately monthly trips to Manistee.

You are obviously a high-quality organization. Is it really a necessity to close this store? Has your customer base actually abandoned you to the extent that you are losing money by keeping it open? Not making as much money as you once did, or as much as you’d like to make is not a sufficient reason to deprive the community of a great resource, denying employment to a capable staff, and discontinuing the example of being a responsible corporate citizen of this community. Even an insignificant profit, or breaking even, should be sufficient reason to remain open.

We bought a second home in Manistee in 2000. Oleson’s is part of what has kept Manistee attractive and convenient for us. Please reconsider. Please continue to be there.

James and Anna Miller

Indianapolis and Manistee

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