Corner stores or "Mom & Pop" stores have been the staple to many inner-city neighborhoods for well over a century. However with the rise of convenience stores and pharmacies such as Rite Aid and CVS, corner stores have been slowly disappearing from the urban landscape. Well not totally extinct, many can not compete against national corporation chains.
While there have been some corner stores that are known for having inferior products, limited products, marked up prices and even being a front for criminal activity, there is no doubt that through out time many corner stores have served as the life blood and the center piece for many inner-city neighborhoods.
Corner stores were long known for being located only in cities as suburban locales often separated residential and commercial land uses making it illegal to have a residence and a business on the same property. Today, some locales have seen the error in separating land uses and are now encouraging mixed use design.
Unfortunately this shift in thinking may be too late to save corner stores as cities once knew them as many of them have closed of the years and have gone into blight.
So we ask what is your opinion of the corner store? Do you have any favorite memories? glad their closing? Share your thoughts on the comment page.