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by Romr123
July 25th, 2021, 4:48 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Macy's Neighborhood Store Watch
Replies: 34
Views: 1254

Re: Macy's Neighborhood Store Watch

RH Macy had divested Toledo and Kansas City in the 80s, putting them squarely in the "biggest cities, biggest stores" mold. Those exurban Chicago/Wisconsin stores were always weird for Marshall Fields, being built more as "since we're dominant here in Chicagoland we'd better not leave...
by Romr123
July 25th, 2021, 4:42 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Macy's Neighborhood Store Watch
Replies: 34
Views: 1254

Re: Macy's Neighborhood Store Watch

To me, it seems like the Macys at Oakland Mall would be a perfect candidate for closure. It's fairly redundant with the Macy's at Somerset right down the road. [/quote] Oakland Mall is a big 1968 store, with (guessing) 300k-ish sqft, including full furniture, home, Backstage, etc etc etc. Somerset i...
by Romr123
July 25th, 2021, 4:35 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: What exactly happened with Kroger?
Replies: 55
Views: 10179

Re: What exactly happened with Kroger?

Marsh was circling the drain for a long time---they've been gone 3 years now...
by Romr123
July 24th, 2021, 7:14 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Short staffed restaurants
Replies: 19
Views: 2061

Re: Short staffed restaurants

. Some limited service hotels like the Holiday Inn Express or Hampton Inn or Fairfield Inn or Comfort Inn type places have figured this sort of thing out. Look at their continental breakfast program. They have the night audit employee get it set up at 5 AM or 6 AM after they are through with the au...
by Romr123
July 24th, 2021, 7:04 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Subway...what a joke
Replies: 8
Views: 385

Re: Subway...what a joke

unfortunately central control is not one of their strengths...they're one step away from the 1960s "pump and dump" franchisees...they'll put them anywhere (no or very limited geographic exclusivity) and support is pretty nonexistent except for supply chain.
by Romr123
July 23rd, 2021, 6:17 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Macy's Neighborhood Store Watch
Replies: 34
Views: 1254

Re: Macy's Neighborhood Store Watch

South County (MO) is the epitome of the mid-market mall, built in roughly 1962 with Famous-Barr/JCP, expanded in roughly 1979 with Stix Baer and Fuller/Sears. Famous/Macy's was a full-line store in May's round store 2-story prototype. Dillards and Sears are gone; there's been a fair bit of housing g...
by Romr123
July 22nd, 2021, 6:28 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Subway...what a joke
Replies: 8
Views: 385

Subway...what a joke

There's been some (relatively negative) recent press on Subway's revamp...our Subways in one county around here are generally operated by Dortch Enterprises, which has >20 of them currently (had up to 40 in the past) so are pretty well-run stores. They dropped a coupon FSI recently talking about the...
by Romr123
July 21st, 2021, 5:02 am
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Harris Teeter/Kroger integration
Replies: 73
Views: 32449

Re: Harris Teeter/Kroger integration

Yeah, Roundy's seemed the western, less good version of Spartan Stores (Grand Rapids, MI)...they were located analogously in a bit of a "peninsular" area (Wisconsin) up against Canada and the Great Lakes. The chain competition was a bit weak/fragmented (Kroger and A&P for awhile until ...
by Romr123
July 17th, 2021, 8:17 pm
Forum: Northeast USA
Topic: Market Basket arrives in Rhode Island
Replies: 13
Views: 1544

Re: Market Basket arrives in Rhode Island

We were headed to Cape Cod last weekend, so often stop at the Bourne MB (last one I know of before the Cape). It's always a treat on a Saturday afternoon--the store's incredibly busy, but every da@@ checkstand is in use with a bagger clerk helping--you're in and out in a trice. Last Saturday, the ma...