GREENSBORO, N.C. — It looks more like a farmers market stand than a grocery store.
Outside the Bessemer Curb Market, there are barrels of apples, oranges and huge tomatoes. Yellow squash, corn, collards, turnip and mustard greens greet you just inside the door. And just a short walk down one of the aisles awaits butcher Fred Kimber, ready to cut you a nice slice of hog jowl.
Meat and produce are this market’s specialty. But owner Harold Powell isn’t selling it like he used to. He said competition from the nearby Wal-Mart, as well as an aging building that limits what he can sell and a generation less interested in cooking are all hurting his store, which has been open for more than 60 years.
“Honestly, it’s sort of day-by-day,” the 68-year-old Powell said last week. “If things don’t change, we may have to close our doors.”
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