On the subject of the Great Falls west-side County market closing, it looks like opinions run strong – both here and down in Billings. There’s an awful lot of clamoring and finger-pointing – many are rushing to blame Wal-Mart and the low, low prices that other grocery markets just can’t complete against. In many cases, however, that just isn’t true. For instance, I tried County Market a few times and held my nose each time — both stores seemed rather dirty, poorly stocked, and generally just not pleasant. The people were friendly enough, but the overall experience was just yucky. It had nothing to do with price, and everything to do with service and atmosphere. That’s why Wal-Mart won’t get my business, either…while the low prices and large selection are good, the service and atmosphere just can’t pull me away from Smith’s.