Crucial times for Shoppers

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Re: Crucial times for Shoppers

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storewanderer wrote: November 15th, 2020, 12:46 pm That is how they handled Farm Fresh too. Some of those are still open under independents. The results were not good. I think some already shut down and reviews online were awful and photos of store conditions under the independents were a nosedive from previous photos when they were corporate stores.

McKay's is curious as they were not previously a UNFI supplied store. I wonder if they are using UNFI to supply these two Shoppers Stores? They do not reference these two Shoppers Stores on their website. There seems to be a Facebook page for the Waldorf Store which is still getting postings from the UNFI Shoppers... and referencing to that website, ads, etc. But the UNFI Shoppers website no longer lists the Waldorf Store as one of its locations.

It is not clear if McKay's reopened the California, MD (Lexington Park) store yet.
Wow. Two of the Lee-owned stores (Norge and Virginia Beach) have closed within the past year. I'm just hoping this does not happen to anyone that gets ahold of the Shoppers name, and that the remaining Farm Freshes have a chance to see gains as well.

Interesting note about such Shoppers store Facebook pages, they are all subscribed to the main UNFI Shoppers page. From what I've observed, I have not seen any posts published by McKay's; I have also seen pages of recently closed stores still running as usual.

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Re: Crucial times for Shoppers

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BatteryMill wrote: November 19th, 2020, 4:39 pm
Wow. Two of the Lee-owned stores (Norge and Virginia Beach) have closed within the past year. I'm just hoping this does not happen to anyone that gets ahold of the Shoppers name, and that the remaining Farm Freshes have a chance to see gains as well.

Interesting note about such Shoppers store Facebook pages, they are all subscribed to the main UNFI Shoppers page. From what I've observed, I have not seen any posts published by McKay's; I have also seen pages of recently closed stores still running as usual.
I think Farm Fresh is down to 2 stores according to the farmfreshva.com website unless that is one operator's site and other operators have different websites. The Newport News Farm Fresh appears to be more of an Asian-focused store now. The other one looks like in recent photos that it is not really being run like a usual chain conventional store, lightly stocked.

The Shoppers Facebook pages must be on auto-pilot. I wonder what happens if you go into the McKay's Shoppers and try to get those promotions being discussed on the Shoppers Facebook.

Maybe UNFI lets the stores keep the name Farm Fresh or Shoppers in an effort to make it easier for the new operators to take the stores over. Signs aren't cheap. And if you are shutting down the chain anyway I guess the name is considered to no longer be worth maintaining an image for. Too bad.

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Re: Crucial times for Shoppers

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storewanderer wrote: November 19th, 2020, 6:28 pm
I think Farm Fresh is down to 2 stores according to the farmfreshva.com website unless that is one operator's site and other operators have different websites. The Newport News Farm Fresh appears to be more of an Asian-focused store now. The other one looks like in recent photos that it is not really being run like a usual chain conventional store, lightly stocked.

The Shoppers Facebook pages must be on auto-pilot. I wonder what happens if you go into the McKay's Shoppers and try to get those promotions being discussed on the Shoppers Facebook.

Maybe UNFI lets the stores keep the name Farm Fresh or Shoppers in an effort to make it easier for the new operators to take the stores over. Signs aren't cheap. And if you are shutting down the chain anyway I guess the name is considered to no longer be worth maintaining an image for. Too bad.
I do know the remaining Richmond store is/was the only store of one operator, with Lee owning the rest out east (three stores I believe).

Well, the main page is still active, it's mostly the store pages being automatically generated and not something Shoppers/Facebook staff take care of. Also to note, the Twitter feed has not been updated since December of last year, though the support team does occasionally reply to customers.

Indeed, I've heard stories about signage costs - Wegmans adding apostrophes to fix their grammatical error, for instance, would float them $500k across the chain. There have been sporadic reports over the past few years which made customers believe that Shoppers is shutting down wholesale, when the chain has persisted past these timeframes. Some may believe the chain's done for, but I hope the remaining stores will do well as always.

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Re: Crucial times for Shoppers

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BatteryMill wrote: November 21st, 2020, 12:30 pm There have been sporadic reports over the past few years which made customers believe that Shoppers is shutting down wholesale, when the chain has persisted past these timeframes. Some may believe the chain's done for, but I hope the remaining stores will do well as always.
It has been interesting Shoppers has kept going for as long as it has. The one I went into last year was clean, well stocked, had newer self checkout equipment, had already upgraded to EMV Contactless for tap card/phone transactions, and really showed no signs of a chain that was on the way to being closed. The store had decent traffic as well. Then again, the Shop N Save I went into in St. Louis 4 or 5 years ago didn't show signs of a chain on the way to being closed either... these stores looked MUCH better than the Albertsons Stores that Supervalu ran- in every way: cleanliness, store condition, pricing, staffing levels.

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