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by Andrew T.
March 18th, 2019, 12:19 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Shopko to liquidate
Replies: 9
Views: 1033

Re: Shopko to liquidate

*sigh*

Well, they outlasted their old rival Prange Way by 23 years.
by Andrew T.
January 16th, 2019, 11:59 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Shopko files for bankruptcy
Replies: 13
Views: 2149

Re: Shopko files for bankruptcy

Shopko's Wisconsin home turf isn't being spared in this round of closures, that's for sure. In fact, all of the Shopko locations I used to frequent in Madison and Manitowoc are on the list. Since the company had my e-mail address on file for their loyalty program (grumble grumble), I received this h...
by Andrew T.
January 9th, 2019, 6:38 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Five Guys
Replies: 11
Views: 1841

Re: Five Guys

Back when I lived in Madison WI, there were two Five Guys locations at my disposal. One was a downtown restaurant housed in an old building on the State Street pedestrian strip, with plenty of aesthetic charm and brisk foot traffic from the university. It was good. The other restaurant was housed in...
by Andrew T.
December 8th, 2018, 12:11 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Shopko closing 39 stores
Replies: 24
Views: 4966

Re: Shopko closing 39 stores

I'm surprised that they're only closing one store on their Wisconsin home turf. I don't know how much future is left for this chain, though. Shopko Hometown was probably a mistake in the first place: These stores couldn't have done large volumes, and if Pamida and Alco couldn't keep them going, why ...
by Andrew T.
June 4th, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Sears/Kmart Death Watch 2017
Replies: 138
Views: 26143

Re: Sears/Kmart Death Watch 2017

Sears *was* an online retailer. The Spring 1993 annual catalog contained instructions for ordering merchandise by computer via the Prodigy, GEnie, and CompuServe online services. And since Sears owned a stake in Prodigy, you could buy the service itself from the catalog, too! Sears took all this, an...
by Andrew T.
February 16th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: HHGregg to liquidate, close all stores
Replies: 25
Views: 6268

Re: HHGregg looking at strategic alternatives

I hadn't even heard of HHGregg until they swooped in and scooped up the leases of some bygone Circuit City stores half a decade ago. If Circuit City couldn't stay in business with these store locations, why did HHGregg think it could in places where they lacked any sort of competitive niche, name re...
by Andrew T.
January 1st, 2017, 2:52 pm
Forum: Midwest & Plains USA
Topic: Kroger to buy Roundy's for $800 million
Replies: 112
Views: 31417

Re: Kroger to buy Roundy's for $800 million

http://www.jsonline.com/story/money/business/2016/12/28/kroger-plans-pick-n-save-upgrades-2017/95720342/ Looks Like All The Stores are getting remodeled Milwaukee is a big-enough market to keep Kroger/Roundy's busy remodeling for a while. It'll be worth keeping an eye on which stores don't get remo...
by Andrew T.
January 1st, 2017, 2:24 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Ahold-branded Cheese-It's found in Garland, TX Kroger (and other similar distribution oddities)
Replies: 10
Views: 3026

Re: Ahold-branded Cheese-It's found in Garland, TX Kroger (and other similar distribution oddities)

I once saw Giant Eagle butter at Kroger, under the same circumstances. It's no question why these things happen: Suppliers make private-label products under contract for multiple brands, and occasionally the wrong packaging will be used. As far as I know Kroger still makes its own crackers, but Krog...
by Andrew T.
December 16th, 2016, 9:43 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Wendy's Ordering Kiosks
Replies: 15
Views: 7249

Re: Wendy's Ordering Kiosks

If a kiosk makes it any easier for me to order a Quarter Pounder without cheese (and without paying for cheese), I'm for the idea.
by Andrew T.
November 19th, 2016, 4:18 pm
Forum: Midwest & Plains USA
Topic: Kroger to buy Roundy's for $800 million
Replies: 112
Views: 31417

Re: Kroger to buy Roundy's for $800 million

The walls looked finished; the store itself might not be. I'll be waiting for Kroger to make changes to the front end next: The old Roundy's registers don't even have chip readers.