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Secondly, a New Seasons in the neighborhood will adversely affect People's, perhaps fatally. People's suffered a dip in sales when the Nature's (now Wild Oats) moved in, and doubtless will do so with New Seasons as well. Unfortunately, the economy is in worse shape now than it was then, and People's is in a more precarious position because of its debt load from its (beautiful expansion). Shopping at New Seasons for anything you can get at People's will hurt People's. Shopping less at People's because you might want to shop all in one stop will definitely hurt People's, too. And People's is using a food-for-people-not-for-profit sustainability model, which is what we need to encourage if we're going to survive.
As for the things your children want that they can't get at People's, I would simply draw the line. If they want to eat meat, they can acquire it themselves. You can tell them that you won't support their unhealthy and unsustainable habits, and that you are doing it out of love for them and for the world. Even hormone-free meat is taking a toll on the world. Grain grown for animal feed takes land out of production for people-food, and with starvation being a reality for many people, the choice is not merely irresponsible; it is taking a direct role in the malnutrition of others. That's an easy thing to ignore, I know, but we must not ignore it. One can definitely live solely on the food sold at People's and its farmers market and live well. You can also get much lower prices on food there by volunteering and upping your discount to as much as 19% off. New Seasons will not offer that to you.
I know that many People's shoppers are loyal to the store. Many, however, might not be. Non-members, without discounts, help to support the store, but they might certainly leave or come to People's much less if there is a shiny new big store nearby. It is sad but true I'm afraid. Most people are not making their choices based on sustainability; they are making them based on greed and consumerism. I applaud you for supporting People's and not taking that route. The world is save-able with more people like you!