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by buckguy
June 10th, 2019, 7:28 am
Forum: Shopping Centers
Topic: Simon mall branding homogenization
Replies: 12
Views: 746

Re: Simon mall branding homogenization

There malls are pretty uniform and have been since the wave of renovations they did to long neglected DeBartolo properties in the early 2000s.
by buckguy
May 30th, 2019, 7:38 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: All Dressbarn stores to close
Replies: 9
Views: 566

Re: All Dressbarn stores to close

Roz & Ali will be closing, too. The company has had an executive suite shakeup and needed a way to raise their stock price. The cheaper end of the market is probably oversaturated at this point and they reach a lot of the same demographic with their other chains.
by buckguy
May 23rd, 2019, 6:47 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: MOD Pizza and the rise of Fast Casual pizza chains
Replies: 4
Views: 444

Re: MOD Pizza and the rise of Fast Casual pizza chains

"&pizza" is the DC equivalent. They have proliferated like crazy. The pizza itself isn't very good, but DC is a place where pizza has long been pretty bad--bland sauce, cheap toppings and a crust that gets rubbery if not eaten immediately. Blaze is in Pittsburgh and they seem marginally better than ...
by buckguy
May 15th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Safeway Mid-Atlantic Remodels
Replies: 5
Views: 415

Re: Safeway Mid-Atlantic Remodels

Interesting that they remodeled the Rosslyn store. I wondered if it would survive as it hadn't super busy the couple times I was there. It also has an awkward layout. I don't recall all the specifics but it was clearly merchandised in an odd way when I was there before, perhaps reflecting their loca...
by buckguy
May 15th, 2019, 1:31 pm
Forum: Midwest & Plains USA
Topic: Pete's Fresh Markets in Chicago
Replies: 5
Views: 622

Re: Pete's Fresh Markets in Chicago

Quite a few of the more viable A&Ps went to independents like Butera. I lived near one of their stores that easily could have replaced two small Jewels or a much smaller Dominick's (which was a former Kroger). The smaller Nationals, at least in Chicago proper, seemed to become Walgreen's Pete's has ...
by buckguy
May 1st, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Costco opening its first "Business Center" in the Dallas area
Replies: 4
Views: 582

Re: Costco opening its first "Business Center" in the Dallas area

Looking at the addresses of their other Business Center locations, at least some are in areas that don't seem like retail hotspots. I would imagine, though, that they are close to other businesses that supply unglamorous services and products, which would be where you expect to find something that d...
by buckguy
April 29th, 2019, 5:49 am
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Grocery stores offering dine-in options
Replies: 6
Views: 490

Re: Grocery stores offering dine-in options

there's nothing really new about this, regionally or otherwise. Kroger did this in a lot of their early Greenhouse stores. They called it Barney's Cafe and some of these Barney's had their own outside entrances. Unfortunately, they were selling stuff like Kroger's subpar fried chicken and deli produ...
by buckguy
April 25th, 2019, 1:19 pm
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Ingle's Markets: 2019
Replies: 6
Views: 835

Re: Ingle's Markets: 2019

Ingle's seems to have had a strategy of staying out of Atlanta and its inner suburbs---I think they spunoff those locations when they bought the Bruno's operations. I think the closest-in store used to be one in Tucker. If anything, they seem to have receded more to the periphery over time and I'm s...
by buckguy
April 18th, 2019, 7:22 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Godiva plans to open 2,000 cafes by 2025
Replies: 3
Views: 369

Re: Godiva plans to open 2,000 cafes by 2025

They're really banking on high end malls outside the US. They will have a limited number of places where this would work here. The model is probably small boutique-ish operations like Jacques Torres in NYC, but that would have to deliver on really unqiue products (which Torres does) to make this work.
by buckguy
April 16th, 2019, 11:15 am
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Palisades DC Safeway closing
Replies: 5
Views: 497

Re: Georgetown Safeway closing

This is the Palisades neighborhood which is relatively isolated from the rest of the city and nowhere near Georgetown. It's probably closer to existing Safeways in Bethesda than ones DC. This store probably dates from the 40s and, among other things, Safeway has wanted to prevent another grocery fro...