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Last Grocery Store in Bakkafjörður to Close

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Last Grocery Store in Bakkafjörður to Close

Road 85, to Bakkafjörður from Vopnafjörður.

Road 85 to Bakkafjörður from Vopnafjörður. Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Come December, the planning skills of the resident of Bakkafjörður, Northeast Iceland, will be tested. Running to the grocery store for milk in the coffee, for a box of ice cream to satisfy a craving, or for an extra piece of lamb for the unexpected guest will no longer be an option.

The only grocery store in the village will close by the end of the month, DV reports. The owner, Björn Guðmundur Björnsson, announced this on Facebook. “Until closing, I will carry dairy and meat products, as I have in the past, but no other groceries will be ordered.”

Björn told DV that sales are simply insufficient to justify staying open, but the store has been in operation since the beginning of 2009. There are between 70 and 80 residents in Bakkafjörður village. Björn predicts the closing of the store will have the worst impact on elderly residents in the area, who have a harder time than others getting provisions from farther away. The closest stores are in Vopnafjörður, 30 km (19 mi) to the south, and in Þórshöfn, 45 km (28 mi) to the north.

Despite closing the store, Björn will remain busy. Being the director of fish processing in the village and the grower of organic potatoes, he is in no lack of projects, only time.

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