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What's the real story with Santoni's?

What's the real story with Santoni's?

Like the mayor, I'm no grocer, but I am nonetheless skeptical of owner Rob Santoni Jr.'s explanation of why he is closing his Highlandtown supermarket ("Santoni's closing Highlandtown store," Oct. 13).

To claim that the city's bottle tax is the sole reason for this decision raises a few questions: If beverage sales are such a big piece of the business, why didn't he grow volume in other areas, like real, healthy food, maybe even peas?

Why did his family sell off the other 11 grocery stores over the last 80-some years and retain only...