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LivingInThePast

First off, I lied. Lostin is in fact NOT in Springfield's state (just the one next to it: it's bordered by Texas, Michigan, Ohio, and Colorado). The UNBAN act also included trans-fats as part of the things that couldn't be restricted (it was a very long law).

Of course, Lostin, like any city, has a fair share of culture. From the many museums in the city's prized Museum District:

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…to numerous stage productions…

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…and concerts.

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(that's the Lostin Philharmonic Orchestra)

One thing Lostin has that many cities don't is distinct ethnic and cultural neighborhoods. Some people tend to think Troseman is the thing that makes Lostin unique. After all, Troseman (and nearby South Lostin neighborhood) are noted for an eccentric blend of things, people, and culture.

In a relatively conservative city, Troseman is far more liberal than the rest of Lostin. While aesthetically pleasing, there seems to be a constant battle in Troseman, between the yuppies who reside in new townhomes and the ones who want to preserve Troseman the way it is: a unique multi-cultural area full of decorated and aged houses. Troseman could be considered the "gay neighborhood" of Lostin, but in reality, Troseman is seemingly populated with independent coffee shops and bookstores (the nightclub scene has greatly diminished, though it's still around). The main stretch of the neighborhood, Troseman Avenue, is also one of the major roads in Lostin.

South Lostin in many ways is even more eccentric than Troseman. Full of neat shops and restaurants, South Lostin brings tourists both for the beautiful and large South Lostin Park, the many restaurants, tiny subcultures, and more. Lostin South is known to be the state's destination for vintage clothing, and also has the most tattoo parlors per capita in the States (losing out to the similarly named South Austin. Huh.)

That's not even counting the many ethnic areas in the city: there's many Hispanic areas in the city, including Gateway Falls and parts of the East End.

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There's also Little Italy and the inner-city suburb of Winbyrn, which has some of the best food anywhere (not the best place to live, though), Chinatown (with a lot of knock-off shops, but an interesting and busy place), Little Tokyo (even with its own version of Akihabara, in a way). There are many smaller, less notable districts nestled within the city and its suburbs. Arbor Station, a suburb in the city, has a collection of Middle Eastern-oriented shops and restaurants: they even have yogurt soft drinks.

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Throughout the many neighborhoods of Lostin, there are many grocery stores. Of course, there's Lostin's own Perry's, who has done very well with the ethnic groups, tailoring the retail mix to it, including adding in food accustomed to it as well as general merchandise. Of course, as popular as Perry's is, it has gotten some hate for expanding to general merchandise and becoming "too large".

Walmart also has several Supercenter stores located in and around Lostin, which has sniped a significant (but not leading) margin.

Kroger remains popular, including Troseman's love-it-or-hate-it "Krappy Kroger"

H-E-B, the popular grocery store from Texas, has a handful of stores in town.

Meijer (based in Michigan) stepped in to fill the void left by Super Kmart Center (there are no longer Super Kmart Centers in town, only regular ones were left after the 2002-2003 closings)

Fiesta, the Hispanic-oriented grocery based out of Houston, even has a few stores in town. It has good prices on many things.

Even Safeway has a small presence here (it isn't much, however)

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Jacksunny - Yeah, I'll keep that in mind. >.<

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LivingInThePast

Welcome to Lostin, an interesting city located in the United States of America, bordering the state that Springfield (from The Simpsons) is in. It's very large: about the size of Houston, and that's not even counting the various "satellite cities" that are located in it.

One of the things that Lostin has that makes it distinct from other cities is its own discount store/hypermarket chain, found nowhere else but Lostin. Here's a newspaper clipping from 1989 (from the Lostin Advocate, of course) that tells how Perry's, the grocery store chain, made that jump.

Perry's, the largest independent supermarket chain in the city of Lostin, is going to get bigger. The store on Jefferson Highway just north of Interstate 44 will be expanded to 220,000 square feet, said Sam Perry, president of the family firm. More than 150,000 square feet will be added to the building by building on the former spot of the Jefferson Inn.

When completed, the store will be a "hypermarket", a new type of store sweeping the nation. A few years ago, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. launched Hypermart USA in Garland, Tex., a suburb of Dallas, and K mart Corp. recently opened American Fare in Stone Mountain, Ga. near Atlanta. The 230,000 store will feature one-stop shopping by selling groceries, television sets, hardware, patio furniture, jewelry, clothing, and other merchandise under one roof and one checkout area.

Sam Perry assured us that no other Perry's stores would become hypermarkets, only the store on Jefferson Highway. Here's what to expect at the new Perry's Hypermarket:

• An enclosed "minimall" that would be built in the area in front of the checkouts. The minimall would hold several shops, including a video rental store, a full-service bank, a hair salon, a pharmacy, and a travel agency. There will also be a small food court featuring Taco Bell, TCBY, and McDonald's.

• Entire reconstruction of the roof to feature a "warehouse" look and feel.

• Elimination of store brands, which most hypermarkets typically do not have.

• A full general merchandise line, including health & beauty, lawn & garden, clothing, electronics, furniture, and toys.

• Dramatic expansion of existing departments, including beer/wine and produce.

• Three entrances will be added in the final store.

"It will be unlike anything Lostin has seen before," said Perry. When asked if it would drive other stores, such as specialty stores, other grocery stores, or department stores, Perry said that the new Perry's Hypermarket will have relatively narrow assortments of goods.

The store will close on January 30th and reopen in September.

Eventually, all stores would do so, as seen in this 2001-2002 era article.

It's been almost 12 years since Perry's first expanded their supermarket off of Jefferson Highway to be one of the largest stores in the Lostin area to be a "hypermarket", featuring both general merchandise and groceries. Since then, Perry's as a whole has gone through a number of changes: refining the merchandise mix at the Jefferson Highway store to eliminate many items including high-end clothing, changing the fixtures and arrangements of them to seem more like a combination discount store-grocery store than an imposing warehouse. Future Perry's stores also downscaled the alcove shops, cutting back the grandiose food court in favor of just a McDonald's or Little Caesar's.

But after the concept proved successful, Perry's began to expand its existing stores to have general merchandise, or to build new ones with general merchandise. This month, the last grocery-only Perry's on Clayton Avenue is finally closing down. The 56,000 square foot store opened in 1980 and was unable to expand when Perry's decided to convert all of its stores into supercenters in 1994. It has also suffered competition with other grocery stores new in the area, such as the H-E-B, which opened in 1998.

"It's just a changing landscape," said Sam Perry, president of Perry's Food Inc., "today, the Lostin market is crowded. There's H-E-B, Kroger, Albertsons, and supercenters by Kmart and Wal-Mart."

Perry's has 13 stores in and around Lostin, not including the Clayton Avenue store.

It's not perfect: the stores are cluttered (but clean), some items are more expensive than other places, and its large, but most Lostinians think it's better than Walmart.

Another thing Lostin is known for is how Lostin often creates its own rules, seemingly often in contradiction to United States law. In 1999, the city passed an ordinance to ban abortion within city limits, and in 2011 the UNBAN act, which allowed toys to be sold at thrift stores without lead level checks, disregards "energy efficiency laws" to allow incandescent light bulbs to be manufactured and sold, as well as drop-side cribs. They were able to do this because of loopholes (as it turns out, there are several very crafty lawyers living in Lostin).

Often times, highways are built in rural parts of Lostin, as well.

This countryside scene...

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...was dramatically changed. You can't see the right-turn lane or stop lines for the smaller road traffic or anything, but it's there.

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Eventually, homes started to be built on the old farmland. The highway isn't busy enough yet to add main lanes (they will be toll) but it's coming...

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Another thing that came was the railroads. Many railroads entered the town in the late 1860s, including the International & Great Northern:

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...and later others, including the now-gone (and lamented) Lostin-Chicago-New York line, which was eventually absorbed into Union Pacific.

I should also show you who founded Lostin. Although not the first settler in the Lostin area, John Lostin (picture below) created much of the Lostin area today as we know it and was one of its founding fathers.

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All resemblance to Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower is coincidental.

Please come back again as we delve further into the city of Lostin and what makes it a special city.

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