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by Brian Lutz
May 17th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Dollar Tree now considered "Severe Violator" by Washington Labor and Industries, Vancouver store fined $503k
Replies: 2
Views: 149

Dollar Tree now considered "Severe Violator" by Washington Labor and Industries, Vancouver store fined $503k

https://www.lni.wa.gov/News/2019/pr190516a.asp A Dollar Tree store in Vancouver WA was fined $503,400 by the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries over "repeated willful" safety violations for items such as unsafe stacking in storage rooms, improper ladder use and obstructed emergency ...
by Brian Lutz
May 17th, 2019, 7:56 am
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: Fred Meyer attempts to curb shrink "a new way"
Replies: 7
Views: 1751

Re: Fred Meyer attempts to curb shrink "a new way"

In another followup on this, I visited the Broadway QFC in Everett again this evening, and saw that they now have large prominent signs by the store entrance reading "We ask that all customers use a hand basket or shopping cart": https://imgur.com/a/TFmuau5 Not sure exactly what this accomplishes, b...
by Brian Lutz
May 13th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Stores with locked-down fitting rooms
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: Stores with locked-down fitting rooms

One thing I've noted is that Ross stores around here also station uniformed loss prevention officers in the front of the store, even in nicer areas. As far as I can recall I haven't seen one of these at a TJMaxx/Marshall's or a Burlington store around here.
by Brian Lutz
May 9th, 2019, 1:26 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Chick-Fil-A poised to become third largest fast food chain by sales in US
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Chick-Fil-A poised to become third largest fast food chain by sales in US

WSJ article (Paywalled): https://www.wsj.com/articles/chick-fil-as-lean-menu-helps-chain-bulk-up-11557313200 Non-paywalled Inc article: https://www.inc.com/chris-matyszczyk/kfc-ruled-roost-then-chick-fil-a-did-something-devastatingly-simple-one-statistic-is-astonishing.html A couple of articles out ...
by Brian Lutz
May 7th, 2019, 2:01 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Costco opening its first "Business Center" in the Dallas area
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: Costco opening its first "Business Center" in the Dallas area

I don't know about the other Business Center locations, but I do know the one in Lynnwood WA does at least have a gas station (which makes sense because it's on Highway 99.) I'm pretty sure that was originally a regular Costco that was replaced when Costco opened another store over near Alderwood Ma...
by Brian Lutz
May 7th, 2019, 9:39 am
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: Saar's Super Saver Foods to close in Lake Stevens
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Re: Saar's Super Saver Foods to close in Lake Stevens

I know Supervalu left shelves and other fixtures in the store when they left, but I don't think Saar's used all of them. One thing they did use was the checkstands, since the store still has the old turntable checkstands from the original Albertson's.
by Brian Lutz
May 6th, 2019, 7:36 am
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: Saar's Super Saver Foods to close in Lake Stevens
Replies: 2
Views: 286

Saar's Super Saver Foods to close in Lake Stevens

The Saar's Super Saver Foods store in Lake Stevens, only opened about a year ago, is already closing down. The store locator on their website no longer lists this location, but aside from that I can not find much info. The store was originally an Albertson's that briefly became County Market (a litt...
by Brian Lutz
April 30th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Grocery stores offering dine-in options
Replies: 6
Views: 368

Re: Grocery stores offering dine-in options

Most Safeways and Fred Meyers that I've seen around here have seating in their deli areas, and Fred Meyers that lease space out to other tenants often include various other restaurants (usually mom-and-pop type places) although these are rarely connected to the actual store. One of the two QFC store...
by Brian Lutz
April 24th, 2019, 7:57 am
Forum: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Walgreens under fire for underage tobacco sales
Replies: 10
Views: 738

Re: Walgreens under fire for underage tobacco sales

Not sure about other states, but currently the legislature in Washington state is in the process of raising the age for tobacco purchases to 21 statewide.
by Brian Lutz
April 23rd, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Dollar General eyeing locations in Washington state
Replies: 4
Views: 345

Re: Dollar General eyeing locations in Washington state

I could see a niche for Dollar General in some of the smaller towns in rural Snohomish County like Sultan, Gold Bar, Granite Falls and Darrington. None of them are quite as middle-of-nowhere as some of the ones in Oregon (possibly Darrington), but Granite Falls has only one IGA store and Sultan has ...