Check out my February column, which will discuss the Minyard’s closing in detail and what it means to the neighborhood. It’s symbolic of the change in this part of town over the past couple of decades that we are getting a state-of-the art upscale supermarket. Who would have thought that possible in the early ’90s, when so many people in Dallas had written off Lakewood and East Dallas?

And, as reader Norman Alston notes in his comment to my earlier posting, this is a bittersweet moment. Minyard’s is not just a Dallas tradition, but a business that started in East Dallas. And now it’s gone. Hopefully, the Lakewood employees, many of whom have been there since it opened, can find jobs elsewhere in the chain or with Whole Foods. It’s something that I’ll make sure to ask about.

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