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by wnetmacman
June 18th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Fry’s Electronics on Life Support
Replies: 20
Views: 784

Re: Fry’s Electronics on Life Support

Fry's, whose beginnings come from the same family who founded the now Kroger-owned grocery of the same name, has always been a little 'seedier' to me. Nothing's every fully in stock, or in the same place. I've been to all three of the Houston-area stores, and it just never gets better. Houston has o...
by wnetmacman
June 18th, 2019, 2:58 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Target Registers Fail Nationwide
Replies: 14
Views: 600

Re: Target Registers Fail Nationwide

Nobody's registers (or computers) are foolproof. This is a shining example, and it also shows which store managers were ready, and which weren't. NCR is the register of choice for Target. Many of these systems run on Windows 7, surprisingly, but that wasn't the cause of both outages. Specifically, S...
by wnetmacman
May 9th, 2019, 5:53 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Walmart observations
Replies: 41
Views: 3092

Re: Walmart observations

I'm not sure if my Walmart has anyone cutting fabric anymore, but I seem to recall that the new area (which appeared after Project Impact, as the Walmart was expanded right in the middle of it) only has a desk at the end-cap and I don't think it's staffed regularly. In the old, pre-Impact days with...
by wnetmacman
May 9th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Kroger closing Lake Charles, LA
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: Kroger closing Lake Charles, LA

There is a Jewel-Osco at the Harlem/Foster shopping center in Chicago that dates back to 1970. It was originally a Jewel-TurnStyle (TurnStyle was a discount department store much like today's Target) that replaced one that burned in 1969. The structure has not changed much since the TurnStyle close...
by wnetmacman
May 8th, 2019, 8:16 pm
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Kroger closing Lake Charles, LA
Replies: 6
Views: 691

Re: Kroger closing Lake Charles, LA

This store is Kroger's last Family Center that is still open in the state. It's around 50 years old. Its time has come and gone; the neighborhood around it has declined. I wish that they'd rebuild, though, since this will leave only the new Kroger on the south side and the Suplhur store in this part...
by wnetmacman
April 28th, 2019, 5:52 pm
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Grocery stores offering dine-in options
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: Grocery stores offering dine-in options

Rouses Markets tries to put a cafe in each of its stores; some stores have more seating than others. Each has slightly different options. Some stores have Bayou Boys BBQ, some have pizza. They also have sushi bars. It just depends on what clientele the store will attract.
by wnetmacman
April 25th, 2019, 8:26 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: JCPenney Stops Accepting Apple Pay
Replies: 11
Views: 776

Re: JCPenney Stops Accepting Apple Pay

This is just an excuse and this is a retailer that is out of touch and just needs to go away. Numerous other retailers are accepting Contactless that did not meet that April 13 deadline set by Visa (none of the other card networks...) to have EMV Contactless up and running. The only major grocers t...
by wnetmacman
April 22nd, 2019, 2:20 pm
Forum: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Walgreens under fire for underage tobacco sales
Replies: 10
Views: 910

Re: Walgreens under fire for underage tobacco sales

Ending cigarette sales at CVS was a profitability decision, it was a money losing category with too much shrink, it just so happened to also be a decision they could spin as positive for their image. Unless the employees were stealing them, how could there be any shrink? They had been behind the ch...
by wnetmacman
April 12th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: 1/3 of Fred's store base closing; strategic advisor hired
Replies: 3
Views: 592

1/3 of Fred's store base closing; strategic advisor hired

The title says it all. Fred's announced yesterday a plan to close 159 stores throughout its operating territory: Story from USA Today with list The vast majority of these closings appear to be stores without Pharmacies, and some recently lost to Walgreens. They are leaving Texas with this closing.
by wnetmacman
April 3rd, 2019, 9:01 pm
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Rouses going to self-distribution
Replies: 6
Views: 717

Re: Rouses going to self-distribution

Albertsons closed the New Orleans stores back in 2004, while still trying to pull out of the slump caused by ASC (though they survived the 2002 closings). The other Louisiana stores either don't overlap (at least as last check) and the few that do there is a clear "better" store. And even Albertson...