As Winn-Dixie prepares to close their store in Marrerro, Louisiana, Trader Joes's announces that they are opening a store in Oconee County, Georgia.
There has been much rejoicing from my friends in the Classic City. (Oconee County is the part of Athens run by exurb developers.)
This is still a head scratcher for me, though. I haven't done any actual studies, but it always appears to me that New Orleans, with a population nearing 400,000 souls and a metro of over 1 million, has less grocery stores than Athens, Georgia - a college town with 150,000 people if you don't count Sanford Stadium on game day.
One day I'm going to have to make an official count.
In another head scratching comparison between these two cities, Athens even had their own chemical spill earlier this month.