Easy Come Easy Go; My Easy Way is Gone

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It was a bummer when I stopped at Easy Way on Cleveland this afternoon and saw the empty parking lot, the empty shelves, and the sign that said the grocery store and produce market was permanently closed and the suggestion to visit one of their other stores in Memphis.

Easy Way has been my back up grocery store for more than 20 years, with fresh fruit and vegetables year round, bushels of beans and Ripley tomatoes and peaches in the summer, nice clerks, and reasonable prices. It's on the edge of the Evergreen Historic District, and always seemed to have customers, but apparently not enough of them to keep it going.

A call to the owner wasn't returned, and the president of our neighborhood association could add no details.

What is it about Cleveland between Poplar and the abandoned Sears Crosstown Building at North Parkway that can support three auto parts stores but not one healthy grocery store? And what does it say about the prospects for an upscale grocery store in Overton Square?

If anyone has any answers or theories, please post them.

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