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by ClownLoach
Yesterday, 3:38 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Target 2022
Replies: 79
Views: 6327

Re: Target 2022

I was in Portland and saw the Cascade Station store by the airport is also getting remodeled. I did like the new lighted department signs, surprising how much of a difference that makes. Also the removal of recessed lighting above checkout and replacement with hanging LED rail lights. But I also no...
by ClownLoach
Yesterday, 11:54 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Amazon Halts All New Amazon Fresh Just Walk Out Stores
Replies: 23
Views: 855

Re: Amazon Halts All New Amazon Fresh Just Walk Out Stores

This is not just a UK halt of openings. There is now a hiring freeze for all retail store operations positions at Amazon corporate. Such actions usually precede significant changes in business operations. I know from my many connections that Amazon was paying higher than top dollar to poach managers...
by ClownLoach
Yesterday, 9:26 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Costco heavily pushing Executive Memberships in store?
Replies: 17
Views: 607

Re: Costco heavily pushing Executive Memberships in store?

Did want to mention the shock effect of $7/gallon gas in California and what it is doing to Costco. I visited three Costco stores yesterday and saw the first broken store I've ever seen at Costco, along with two others desperately struggling. One store, Irvine, was literally boxed in and overflowing...
by ClownLoach
Yesterday, 9:04 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Target 2022
Replies: 79
Views: 6327

Re: Target 2022

I was in the Clackamas Target today, which is undergoing a remodel. This store is across from Clackamas Town Center and was part of Target's entry into Portland in the 1980s. I have noticed some tweaks to the format they have been updating with, such as removing recessed lighting above the register...
by ClownLoach
October 3rd, 2022, 11:11 pm
Forum: California USA
Topic: New Stater Bros. Riverside replacement store opening
Replies: 23
Views: 835

Re: New Stater Bros. Riverside replacement store opening

I thought Vons remodels were crappy. This takes the cake. Nothing was moved around. Lot of new paint, signage & they repolished the hideous concrete floors. Checkstands, self-checkout untouched. There was a Union Bank that closed over a year ago on the left side of the store next to the bakery ...
by ClownLoach
October 1st, 2022, 9:22 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Gas Price-Zone Price
Replies: 72
Views: 4043

Re: Gas Price-Zone Price

In one week some gas stations in Northern California have jumped up $1. Costco is at around $5.89. It was around $4.79 about 2 weeks ago. There are probably around 7 local gas stations lower than Costco including a Valero at $4.99. I am still surprised by the wide range. I did notice shorter lines ...
by ClownLoach
October 1st, 2022, 9:10 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Amazon Halts All New Amazon Fresh Just Walk Out Stores
Replies: 23
Views: 855

Re: Amazon Halts All New Amazon Fresh Just Walk Out Stores

Whole Foods under Amazon converted all their baggers into online order pullers (my speculation). There are NO baggers any longer in the WF stores I visit. There are SO many clerks on the sales floor pulling orders that they are obstructing shoppers from shopping. RIDICULOUS! It is an obstacle cours...
by ClownLoach
October 1st, 2022, 9:03 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Gas Price-Zone Price
Replies: 72
Views: 4043

Re: Gas Price-Zone Price

In one week some gas stations in Northern California have jumped up $1. Costco is at around $5.89. It was around $4.79 about 2 weeks ago. There are probably around 7 local gas stations lower than Costco including a Valero at $4.99. I am still surprised by the wide range. I did notice shorter lines ...
by ClownLoach
September 29th, 2022, 4:51 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Habit Burger
Replies: 7
Views: 439

Re: Habit Burger

Noticed that the official headquarters address for Habit is now 1 Glen Bell Way in Irvine... The Taco Bell headquarters. So now they're operating within the same facility. There were rumors posted on another thread that Taco Bell was downsizing the facility to move out of state, but looks like they ...
by ClownLoach
September 22nd, 2022, 12:05 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Costco heavily pushing Executive Memberships in store?
Replies: 17
Views: 607

Re: Costco heavily pushing Executive Memberships in store?

I get the impression the primary benefit of Costco "Executive" is that rebate check each year. Period. Is there really any other benefit? With Sam's Club Plus I get the feeling there are more benefits and also more of a "we will go the extra mile to take care of the customer" so...