How sad to see Fig Garden Village giving Uncle Harry’s the boot after all these years. When I moved here in 1998, Uncle Harry’s quickly became my home away from home, with its pleasant, casual atmosphere and peaceful outdoor areas.
Of course, the landlord Rouse Properties can try to boost its income by jettisoning Uncle Harry’s for a stationer but I wonder whether the new owners know how other paper stores, like Not Just Paper, have languished at the Village, first downsizing and then closing entirely.
And getting to the beating heart of the matter, does Rouse realize that Uncle Harry’s has been, for almost two decades, a gathering spot for seniors living in the neighborhood of Shaw and Maroa avenues? Now where will they go to meet and relax? And what about all the young families on weekends?
Isn’t it worth keeping a loyal tenant that serves such a vital neighborhood function, even at the cost of a few bucks? I hope it’s not too late to reconsider this unfortunate decision.
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Eric Amador, Fresno