Will we ever get a supermarket in Hancock County?
I’m beginning to wonder. And I’m not alone. As we all know, it’s been almost three years since Katrina and still no supermarket has opened, or reopened, in these parts.
Yes, we have Choice Supermarket in Diamondhead and it was a wondrous thing to behold in the days after the storm. We didn’t even mind standing in the long lines because we got to see people we hadn’t seen since Katrina.
Yes, we do have small stores and markets that sell food, and yes, we have the Waveland Wal-Mart, which was a godsend after the storm. But Wal-Mart isn’t a supermarket any more than it’s a jewelry store or a pet store. It's a Wal-Mart.
You know what I mean. Enough is enough.
Did someone declare Hancock County a supermarket-free zone and nobody told us? Not that there haven’t been rumors and hints dropped about a new store.
Waveland Mayor Tommy Longo proudly announced at a Chamber event several months ago that he’d have a big announcement in a matter of weeks.
Tommy, can you hear me? We’re still waiting.
I talked with Donald Rouse, the head of the family-owned chain rumored to be coming to Hancock County and he said that they’re looking at several locations, including Bay St. Louis and Waveland.
He wouldn’t commit to a site but promised to share any news as soon as he could.
So far, nothing.
I believe that shopping locally is critical to a community’s bottom line but how can we consumers support the local economy when we don’t have any options?