You read it here first: Sunshine Foods owner Dan Roemen will replace Mr. Movies with bigger booze sales. We're not bringing new products into Madison. We're not restoring or expanding entertainment options for families and young people. We're selling more booze... across the street from the biggest liquor store in town.
It's not even like we're getting a new independent liquor store, which might at least restore the six jobs we're losing from Mr. Movies and add one more independent entrepreneur to Madison's cadre of business leaders. Sunshine Foods is wholly absorbing the Mr. Movies business space and expanding the entire of aisle of hooch it already sells. At best this expansion will require Roemen to add... what, one or two employees?
And for what? All so Mr. Family Values Dan Roemen can make more money on a product to which too many Madison residents—and apparently the Madison economy—are addicted.
I'm judging debate this weekend in Brookings. Better bring the Hy-Vee bags.
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