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by buckguy
May 15th, 2019, 1:38 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Safeway Mid-Atlantic Remodels
Replies: 5
Views: 320

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: 303

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: 360

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: 384

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: 5
Views: 609

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: 290

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: 415

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...
by buckguy
April 3rd, 2019, 10:47 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Sears Fears: The Final Days of Sears & Kmart, 2019
Replies: 49
Views: 5456

Re: Sears Fears: The Final Days of Sears & Kmart, 2019

Sears was seen by the financial community as stagnating roughly from the 70s onward. The"softer side" campaign helped for awhile, but basically the floundered. The catalog became a money loser, but they killed it just as direct mail merchandising began its comeback, even before the web. They wasted ...
by buckguy
April 1st, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Harris Teeter ditches manned checkouts at Uptown Charlotte store.
Replies: 4
Views: 531

Re: Harris Teeter ditches manned checkouts at Uptown Charlotte store.

Harris-Teeter is kind of joke as a high end operator and I suspect Kroger in their current efforts to homogenized their operations will make this even more so. Publix, which is no Whole Foods, plays the part better.
by buckguy
March 30th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Crucial times for Shoppers
Replies: 110
Views: 28207

Re: Crucial times for Shoppers

PriceRite isn't a low income neighborhood format--the typical store is an older, usually smaller one in an inner ring suburb with a low/middle to middle income profile. The stores they have in the DC area fit that profile and the one in Woodbridge has a large immigrant base to which they have been a...