The posting of the location for rent has now made obvious what many people suspected long before this:

Hildonen's IGA market wasn't selling off its stock and cutting off all credit-card sales to close for "renovations," as the Hildonen family shamefully told customers in early January. It was indeed shutting down, without so much as a thank you to the many loyal customers who supported the store for so many years.

While that's troubling, Whistlestop Mall owner Jay Smith deserves credit for not only reaching out to potential new tenants, but also asking the community at large what store or business they'd like to see in IGA's place. Indeed, the Times has a new poll on the issue in the gloucestertimes.com Opinion section, and Smith is encouraging "neighbors" and others to send their ideas and thoughts to RockportRE@aol.com or to P.O. Box 119, Rockport, MA 01966.

The manner in which IGA closed its doors on the community has left a sour taste in many Rockport residents' mouths. But Smith's approach to finding a new suitor for the site should indeed lead to a solution that will be a win-win scenario for him and the community at large.

Let's hope a new business makes the IGA space its new home — soon.

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