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by buckguy
March 21st, 2019, 12:06 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Crucial times for Shoppers
Replies: 99
Views: 26177

Re: Crucial times for Shoppers

by buckguy
January 11th, 2019, 7:31 am
Forum: California USA
Topic: Ralphs Apparently Dropping Van de Kamp's Bakery Brand Name
Replies: 13
Views: 1369

Re: Ralphs Apparently Dropping Van de Kamp's Bakery Brand Name

I wouldn't call Delta a premium brand. Among other things, their gate agents seem incapable for filling a plane efficiently. the one positive of their merger with Northwest is that the flight attendants no longer hide in the back of the plane and they actually notice if someone isn't wearing a seatb...
by buckguy
January 9th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Five Guys
Replies: 11
Views: 1225

Re: Five Guys

Five guys is a franchise and they don't seem to make much of an effort to insure a reasonably consistent experience. This even is true in the DC area where they began and was true here even before their big national expansion.
by buckguy
January 9th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Western Supermarkets disbanding, Publix to buy two locations
Replies: 3
Views: 686

Re: Western Supermarkets disbanding, Publix to buy two locations

It's not unusual for Publix to tear down stores and build new ones and sometimes, they are close in size to the ones they demolish--there were several A&Ps in the Atlanta area like this and the stores were not especially old (probably less than 20 years old) and often newer than stores that they kep...
by buckguy
January 9th, 2019, 2:54 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Hot foods in grocery stores
Replies: 7
Views: 622

Re: Hot foods in grocery stores

Even A&P put rotisserie chicken these into new stores by the late 60s. Before it bought Fisher Foods in Cleveland, Fazios had these in its stores in the early 60s. there were independents that had cafes even before that in Cleveland and probably elsewhere. Deli sections with cold foods easily go bac...
by buckguy
September 29th, 2018, 6:06 am
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Crucial times for Shoppers
Replies: 99
Views: 26177

Re: Crucial times for Shoppers

I can't beleive people have been debating the ultimate demise of Shoppers. No one is going to want their uneven collection of locations. A few that are large enough and well located enough may go to established chains, but the destiny for most of them is ethnic markets or other retail. Weis might be...
by buckguy
July 24th, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Walmart exiting Japan
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Re: Walmart exiting Japan

Whether the stores look like a US Walmart or not, the Achilles heal for them has always been an inability to grasp local culture---even in the US this has been a problem as they didn't want to stock urban stores with different clothing from the small markets stores even though it sold better there. ...
by buckguy
July 23rd, 2018, 5:29 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Walmart exiting Japan
Replies: 5
Views: 1376

Walmart exiting Japan

I wondered when they'd do this. They'd bought a troubled chain and, in typical Walmart fashion, had had a tin ear for the local culture and had failed to gain traction. When I saw that they closed quite a few Sam's stores, I figured this might be next. They're basically against a wall for profit gro...
by buckguy
June 30th, 2018, 7:27 am
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Publix buys Florida Safeway supermarkets
Replies: 19
Views: 3905

Re: Publix buys Florida Safeway supermarkets

This seems to be making a lot out of very little. Were these locations that filled holes for Publix or enabled them to keep out competitors? Most likely Albertson's wanted to make them attractive for sale, rather than simply closing them. Building 5-10 stores a year in a state with a huge population...
by buckguy
June 1st, 2018, 10:58 am
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Crucial times for Shoppers
Replies: 99
Views: 26177

Re: Crucial times for Shoppers

I can't imagine Publix buying Shoppers' locations. I'm a bit surpised Shoppers weren't part of SVU's divesture of its other mid-Atlantic operations. As for the donuts--they have no flavor--all yeast rise and no taste. I see Price-Rite's entry into to DC as a positive and possibly a sign that Shop-Ri...