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by Brian Lutz
Today, 12:55 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Stores blocking Samsung Pay
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Stores blocking Samsung Pay

Unlike most mobile device based payment systems (Apple Pay and Android Pay) Samsung Pay has functionality that allows it to work with magnetic stripe readers, allowing it to be used in places that don't support NFC payments. I've been using it for some time now, but recently it seems like more and m...
by Brian Lutz
September 16th, 2020, 10:49 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Dave & Buster's Revenue Is Down
Replies: 1
Views: 164

Re: Dave & Buster's Revenue Is Down

There is a new D&B location that was scheduled to open in May in Bellevue, and another one planned (still under construction) in Lynnwood. In Washington, Governor Inslee has decreed that arcades and other indoor amusement centers will not be allowed to open until Phase 4 (although eventually an exce...
by Brian Lutz
September 13th, 2020, 8:12 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Burger King's Restaurant Of Tomorrow
Replies: 27
Views: 1001

Re: Burger King's Restaurant Of Tomorrow

I know of at least one recent Chick-Fil-A location near here (Lynnwood) with an indoor playground, although I also know of others that don't have one (although that may be more a matter of space constraints than anything.) The one in Marysville (which opened during the Covid lockdown and which has n...
by Brian Lutz
September 11th, 2020, 11:32 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Burger King's Restaurant Of Tomorrow
Replies: 27
Views: 1001

Re: Burger King's Restaurant Of Tomorrow

It seems like most new build or recently remodeled McDonald's restaurants now have the double ordering kiosks in the drive thru lanes. Where space permits most of these have separate lanes, but locations with less space might also have two kiosks in one lane (although in these cases it's rare to see...
by Brian Lutz
September 8th, 2020, 9:05 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: IKEA Gets Rid Of Self-Checkouts
Replies: 12
Views: 8087

Re: IKEA Gets Rid Of Self-Checkouts

Digging up a really old thread here, but it looks like self checkouts are coming back at IKEA. This past weekend, I saw that new self checkouts have been installed in the Seattle (Renton) IKEA store. This was my first visit to the store since the Covid shutdowns so I don't know exactly when this hap...
by Brian Lutz
September 8th, 2020, 8:55 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Pep Boys - out of the parts biz?
Replies: 6
Views: 307

Re: Pep Boys - out of the parts biz?

Around here, it seems like NAPA has the lion's share of the commercial parts business, and their stores seem to reflect this (the stores are clearly geared more toward shops and professionals than hobbyists.) O'Reilly (formerly Schuck's) and AutoZone seem to do most of the retail business around her...
by Brian Lutz
August 19th, 2020, 1:42 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Johnny Rockets Returns To Retro Diner Roots As It Joins FAT Brands
Replies: 19
Views: 972

Re: Johnny Rockets Returns To Retro Diner Roots As It Joins FAT Brands

Ruby's seemed to do a pretty good job with the decor, but I wasn't all that impressed with the food at the one that used to be in Redmond WA. I've only eaten at Johnny Rockets a few times and the food seemed better, but in either case I'd probably go with Red Robin over either one. If I want diner f...
by Brian Lutz
August 18th, 2020, 9:03 am
Forum: Shopping Centers
Topic: Indoor Vs. Outdoor Malls & Restaurants
Replies: 33
Views: 3021

Re: Indoor Vs. Outdoor Malls & Restaurants

This past weekend I was at the Shops at South Town (formerly Southtowne Mall) in Sandy UT, and the mall seemed to be operating more or less normally, and seemed to be doing plenty of business. Almost everyone was wearing masks and distancing as appropriate, and a number of the smaller stores (places...
by Brian Lutz
August 11th, 2020, 8:49 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets
Replies: 370
Views: 23117

Re: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets

I've also seen a few stores selling hand sanitizers made by US distilleries; Not a big fan of these because they make your hands smell like whiskey.
by Brian Lutz
August 10th, 2020, 8:54 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: McDonald's CEO fired over inappropriate relationship
Replies: 3
Views: 909

Re: McDonald's CEO fired over inappropriate relationship

https://komonews.com/news/nation-world/ ... 08-10-2020

Now McDonald's is suing Easterbrook, claiming that there were at least three other inappropriate relationships that he covered up, trying to force him to pay back some of the separation money.