When we were out yesterday, we were talking about Joplin and I realized that Vince has probably not driven through Joplin since we left here nine years ago. Almost every time I was here to see Chad and his family, which was four to six times per year, there would be at least one trip to Joplin so I’ve experienced the growth to a limited degree. Vince has kinda been plunged into the middle of a larger city than we left behind with lots and lots more traffic.
I understand that Joplin isn’t the largest of cities by any means but we’ve been living out in the woods for a very long time and we don’t see a lot of traffic, nor do we see many places to shop so Vince is a bit like a kid in a candy store while driving down the main street and seeing so many places he’d like to stop . . some day . . when COVID is over and his wife is at home!
The strangest thing yesterday was Target. I was looking for some curtains for the bathroom windows and their store shelves were so empty.
This was their curtain selection. Look at the empty hooks. The entire top row, which you can barely see, was empty except maybe one thing hanging up there. I understand the problem with getting merchandise from China but how does a store stay in business when they have overhead to pay and employees to pay and nothing to sell?
I wanted some smaller totes for a couple of shelves. This was their selection of totes. It’s like everything we look for is nowhere to be found . . unless you need a fridge or a washer or dryer from Home Depot! I’ve never seen so many fridges, washers and dryers. They all seemed outrageously expensive, though I wasn’t really looking for anything – just killing time in the appliance area while Vince was looking at something else.
Maybe it’s all the kids going back to college, needing curtains and totes but I saw more empty shelves there than I did stocked shelves.
It makes me thankful we don’t need much but it has to be hard on businesses with so little inventory.