For almost 30 years we've lunched regularly at Fortune Pavillion Chinese restaurant on RT 34 in Derby, CT. It originally was next to Caldor, which is now a Walmart. Was last there for lunch on December 30 with Wife and MIL. Restaurant was one of the last Old-School Cantonese restaurants in southern CT. Waiters in cutaway gold or black coats and bow-ties and classical Cantonese Chinese-American cuisine at very reasonable prices.
Wife and I stopped today for lunch to find Tony (the owner) carting out dishes and glasses and a paper sign on the door: "CLOSED"
Tony told us that after 29 years he'd lost his lease. Walmart has put pressure on the shopping center owners to force him out so they could expand into that additional 3000 square feet.
So, now we'll have what no one needs, a larger Walmart, and a hard working family will loose their livelihood and classic cuisine will no longer be available. Wife is a realtor and will assist Tony in finding a new location. I decided to drive a few miles to Target to get my cat food and cleaning supplies, I'll not be spending any dollars in the Derby Walmart.
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