I was very chagrined to hear that the sweet, small, neighborhood grocery, Burger's Market, was due to close this Saturday. Since I moved from the Highlands, I haven't had the opportunity to visit Burger's as much, but I fondly recall sweeping through the little store on my way to work. I'd pick up a specialty drink of some kind, grab a boiled egg from a little basket, and a two pack of house made biscuits with country ham. Sometimes, if I was feeling flush, I'd pick up a container of fresh berries or ready to eat fruit.
According to their website, the Burger family has been here since 1888 and started their long family history of small business ownership in Louisville in 1904. I actually had no idea that the family behind this market had such a history in this city. It seems a bit sad to come to know this now, right before they close shop.
This is definitely a loss for Louisville, as these small, entrenched, family-owned businesses disappear. While Burger's reportedly isn't closing due to competition from large corporate giants like Whole Foods or Kroger, we still see less and less of these neighborhoods stores where you are always greeted by a familiar face. We can only hope someone picks up their legacy and reopens a market there.
To learn more about Burger's and their history, go here.