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by buckguy
9 minutes ago
Forum: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Walgreens Closures Continue in San Francisco
Replies: 80
Views: 19522

Re: Walgreens Closures Continue in San Francisco

San Francisco blames Walgreens for filling opioid prescriptions and claims that Walgreens was encouraging drug abuse. Now San Francisco is talking about opening official safe injection sites so that drug users can use drugs in a safe supervised environment. Is this not encouraging drug abuse? The T...
by buckguy
August 6th, 2022, 6:47 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Gas Price-Zone Price
Replies: 41
Views: 2522

Re: Gas Price-Zone Price

Sam's Club and Costco in Reno started pricing gas about .60 below the next closest competitor a few weeks ago. Some competitors have caught up but they are still way below typical price. They are likely losing .40 on every gallon. I am not sure who started this gas price war between these two chain...
by buckguy
August 5th, 2022, 4:44 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Geico Closes All Offices in California
Replies: 12
Views: 516

Re: Geico Closes All Offices in California

They claim to have 2 million+ customers in California. Given their market share nationally (14%), they should have way more customers than that. It's likely that the operation is meeting profit targets and they haven't been growing. Their agents are contractors not employees. The last time I talked...
by buckguy
August 2nd, 2022, 6:50 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Geico Closes All Offices in California
Replies: 12
Views: 516

Re: Geico Closes All Offices in California

They claim to have 2 million+ customers in California. Given their market share nationally (14%), they should have way more customers than that. It's likely that the operation is meeting profit targets and they haven't been growing. Their agents are contractors not employees. The last time I talked ...
by buckguy
July 31st, 2022, 1:16 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Aldi Temporary Closures and Burglaries
Replies: 14
Views: 506

Re: Aldi Temporary Closures and Burglaries

The low level of staffing probably makes these stores targets, like Dollar General although I would imagine that Aldi isn't as lax or cavalier about security. The Auburn-Gresham store is on the South Side, not the West Side and is near a ton of big box retail as well as Jewel and Food4Less. That are...
by buckguy
July 31st, 2022, 9:02 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Starbucks plans EV charger pilot
Replies: 31
Views: 2062

Re: Starbucks plans EV charger pilot

I think that the point where we might see a real shift is if one of the major oil companies such as Chevron or Shell makes an investment in a large number of locations to offer EV charging. We're getting closer to that. The Sheetz in Breezewood, PA has multiple charging stations and people were usi...
by buckguy
July 30th, 2022, 12:28 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: The General Store by Walmart (Mini-retail)
Replies: 14
Views: 472

Re: The General Store by Walmart (Mini-retail)

Based on what I've been able to find these stores are basically glorified gift shops in overpriced "glamping" spots catering to city-dwelling hipsters who think they're roughing it because they have to drive their Subaru nearly 15 miles to find the nearest Starbucks. And I suspect the min...
by buckguy
July 30th, 2022, 6:04 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Fruit Stands
Replies: 3
Views: 180

Re: Fruit Stands

There are lots of different models for these---stands at actual farms, big and small and places that are more like small grocery stores, so it depends which kind you're talking about and you find different types in different places--the DC area has a lot of farmer's markets, so there are fewer of th...
by buckguy
July 30th, 2022, 5:52 am
Forum: Northeast USA
Topic: Stop & Shop closures
Replies: 5
Views: 766

Re: Stop & Shop closures

Back in the 70s or 80s, Stop & Shop had an earlier, unsuccessful launch in northern NJ. Apparently they couldn't make the pricing work there and left after a few years.
by buckguy
July 26th, 2022, 1:51 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Haircut Places, Beauty Salons, Massage Parlors Disappearing
Replies: 15
Views: 456

Re: Haircut Places, Beauty Salons, Massage Parlors Disappearing

I've noticed that a few of the chain locations have closed but the traditional barber shops have stuck around---both the truly traditional old school places and the high end places, which were taking off before COVID. One difference is the pricing which, has steadily increased well beyond the rate o...