Our grocery store is closing this weekend. The Waldbaum’s in West Hartford is closing its doors, and will re-open as a Big Y next month.
The old store with the new name will still sell milk, bread, coffee and other supplies, but it won’t have Jenny.
Jenny has worked at the Waldbaum’s for 37 years. She is the pleasant woman behind the deli counter, slicing turkey and ham, always with a smile, even when doling out scoops of what I find to be revolting herring salad. She even smiled today as she told me she had not been hired by the new owners to become part of the Big Y staff. The 66 year old widow is not alone in the “what am I going to do now” department. A cashier with 36 years at the store has chosen to retire and another with 32 years was not hired either.
I’m not sure of the reasons Jenny wasn’t needed to help maintain the contuinity of service to the store’s customers, but I sure hope it wasn’t because of that time she kindly gave my daughter a small piece of mozzarella cheese.
Best of luck to all the Waldbaum’s folks who served us so well.