[Source: Pete Scholz, Arizona Republic] — The boom has gone bust for countless businesses during this economic downturn. The latest casualty was Willo Grocery, a fixture in the historic Willo neighborhood. “I’d come here about every two weeks to eat at the restaurant for lunch and also to buy things at the bakery,” Rena Steele said while taking a break from the auciton taking place inside the store.
On Wednesday, only dealers filled the small shop looking to pick up a sweet deal on used equipment. “I guess that’s a good thing that people are here to buy the stuff,” business owner Shelli Walker said. “It’s just terribly sad that someone’s lost there business.” Right next door, the Community Florist is a budding operation with plenty of upside. Two years ago, Walker was on the wrong side of light rail construction. “And that pretty much destroyed every bit of walk-in business we had,” she said. [Note: To read the full article, click here.]