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by buckguy
Yesterday, 5:56 am
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Shortages
Replies: 12
Views: 253

Re: Shortages

Was it Whole Foods and Giant yesterday---no shortages of anything. There are some subtle things, like less than a full range of pasta in one brand and half-dozen sized cartons of eggs, but those have been true for months. I was at Costco last week and, again, no shortages. I also have not noticed si...
by buckguy
October 13th, 2021, 9:40 am
Forum: Northeast USA
Topic: Kroger entering Northeast with delivery-only model
Replies: 2
Views: 235

Re: Kroger entering Northeast with delivery-only model

This really belongs in the "Mid-Atlantic" group. Construction of this warehouse popped up in the past on that Board. The real issue will be what they have to offer. Delivery from other chains is already available in all the major population centers in the region Frederick would serve. Krog...
by buckguy
October 13th, 2021, 4:56 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: BBQ Holdings: HomeTown, Old Country Buffet
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: BBQ Holdings: HomeTown, Old Country Buffet

Sizzler is still open in Asia. They are a mainstay of Thai shopping malls. The international operation kept them a float for most of their history.
by buckguy
October 12th, 2021, 7:23 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: BBQ Holdings: HomeTown, Old Country Buffet
Replies: 11
Views: 474

Re: BBQ Holdings: HomeTown, Old Country Buffet

Sizzler would have been dead ages ago without their overseas franchises. That's what keeps a lot of brands alive.
by buckguy
October 4th, 2021, 6:40 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Open discussion: Car dealer industry
Replies: 27
Views: 1119

Re: Open discussion: Car dealer industry

Dodge was sold separately for decades. Some of those dealers also had sold Desoto in the past. For many years, the issue for Chrysler was where to sell Plymouth and how to slot the different makes. Competition among them was encouraged in the 50s and 60s and that led to the demise of Desoto and hand...
by buckguy
October 2nd, 2021, 9:20 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Open discussion: Car dealer industry
Replies: 27
Views: 1119

Re: Open discussion: Car dealer industry

I recently did a long road trip that included Vermont, upstate and Western NY and parts of northern Ohio. There were quite a few very small towns that had a Chevy or Ford dealer (never both). They often were places that might have had a Dollar General or small indie supermarket but no chain super, s...
by buckguy
October 1st, 2021, 1:25 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Safeway Sterling closing
Replies: 7
Views: 454

Re: Safeway Sterling closing

Looks like a very high maintenance facade with all the rooflines. The comments make it sound like retail is fading from this particular area. Safeway has another store closer to what looks like the retail hub of this area, a few miles away.
by buckguy
September 29th, 2021, 5:16 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Costco Limiting Purchase Quantities
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: Costco Limiting Purchase Quantities

Social media is full of pearl clutching rumors and anecdotes about shortages and if you're not the sort who responds to that, you still might feel like you should replenish anything that is getting now before the people who buy into the fear deplete the stores. The supply chain management is probabl...
by buckguy
September 28th, 2021, 5:18 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Costco Limiting Purchase Quantities
Replies: 9
Views: 586

Re: Costco Limiting Purchase Quantities

I stopped by the Costco at Pentagon City in Arlington, VA---limits of 1/customer on paper goods--Kirkland and branded, but none on water. They had many pallets of both items. That store has a big "small business" trade (more so than most Costcos I've seen here or elsewhere) so I would imag...
by buckguy
September 27th, 2021, 5:02 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Open discussion: Car dealer industry
Replies: 27
Views: 1119

Re: Open discussion: Car dealer industry

Dealers refer to their operations as "stores" and they certainly like charging "retail". The consolidation of car dealerships seems greatest in medium to large metro areas, while in smaller markets, the small family owned dealerships still dominate, although they may have bought ...