Saturday, September 1, 2012

Harden's Grocery: The End of an Era

Harden's Grocery, a neighborhood institution for more than 40 years on Industrial Avenue, is closing its doors. Sarah Wojcik of mlive reports:

Several regular shoppers stopped in to Harden's Grocery Saturday morning, including Melvin Hanson, 46, of Flint, who said he has been going to the store since he was five years old. 
Hanson said his favorite memories were coming to the store to discuss scripture with Henry and Minnie Harden, who he said were spiritual and good people. 
"I remember (Mr. Harden) as a giving man, but most of all I'd just pick with him about the honey buns," Hanson laughed. "I'd come in and he'd have the honey buns, and I'd say, where's my piece and he was like, we got plenty of them right here for 50 cents." 
Dion Jamerson, of Flint, said he moved in next door to the grocery store three years ago and often sent his children on grocery store runs. 
"I enjoyed talking to Mr. Harden when he was here – he was a man full of wisdom and knowledge and I learned a lot from him," Jamerson said. "(The store) is going to be really missed. They are some good honest people."

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