A sad thing happened today. Leeâ€™s Ice Cream and Deli closed. It was not that they were not successful. It was not that they did not add to the community. They just did not make ENOUGH money. Ben and Jerryâ€™s wanted to move into our complex. But they would not open the shop unless they were the exclusive Ice Cream provider for 2 miles. So the Reston Town Center just refused to renew Leeâ€™s lease.
This was a mom and pop shop. The ownerâ€™s adult children worked in the store. The familyâ€™s whole net worth was tied to this shop. But because they were not popular enough, they were dumped.
It is sad to me that in the pursuit of wealth, honest hard working people can be trampled by corporations. Even worse to me is that our country has equated money with free speech and now corporations have more sway with our leaders than individual citizen do.
I love Ben and Jerryâ€™s Ice Cream, but I wonâ€™t be eating it here. The cost to my community is too high.