According to today's Post Food section, Giant's "Someplace Special" in Maclean closed last Thursday.
I remember being invited to the opening 24 years ago (I was a cooking teacher then, or at least I taught what passed for cooking then) - stood beside Giant founder Israel Cohen staring at what the crowd had left of a lobster the size of Godzilla.
I didn't see much of a reason to go out of my way to go there, thereafter - figured that I wasn't much of a cook if I couldn't make something great out of what I could find closer to home - and, for some odd reason, the Giant across the street from "Someplace Special" in Maclean also featured upscale food (Now THERE'S an idea! Let's be our own competition!) Still, it was the first of the upscale supermarkets (I count the Sutton Place of that day as a small "gourmet" store) and it's sad to see it go.