I grew up in a small rural Oklahoma town of around 2,000 people. That's if you counted the dogs and cats. In the small town where I grew up, we had a United grocery store. I never realized, one, that Texas also had United stores; and two, that they would have all of the stuff that they do.

This video of that small town store is a blast from the past.

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I've got a long history with United Supermarkets. The small towns I grew up in all had them. They weren't very big. The pharmacy looked like it was just slightly bigger than a closet. The floors were multi-colored checker patterned tile.

It would be where I got my first job. I walked in and asked to speak to the manager, who happened to be the father of a girl in my class I grew up with, and asked for a job. We went into his office, had a quick interview, and then shook hands.

I started the next week at that small rural United.

Imagine my shock when I walked into a United in Amarillo, Texas almost ten years ago for the first time. It was like stepping into a food-based shopping mall.

There's sushi! Never in my wildest dreams did I think there would be a sushi counter, yet here we are.

Small Town United A Blast From The Past

What's great about this video is how familiar I am with the store. In all reality, this person pretty much walked almost down one whole side of the store.

It's really nothing like what we have here.

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Notice the short distance from the freezer section to the opposite end marked "assorted cheeses."

There's a big contrast between this store and the stores we know and love. There's no sushi counter. No Starbucks. Just an old fashioned grocery store locked in time.

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