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by Brian Lutz
July 6th, 2020, 8:42 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: New Amazon Grocery Chain
Replies: 38
Views: 4920

Re: New Amazon Grocery Chain

The location the article says the Redmond store is going into the former Sears Auto Center in Overlake (at the corner of Northup Way and 148th) which would make for a rather small grocery store (probably about the size of a Trader Joe's, maybe a bit bigger.) It's also right across the street from a ...
by Brian Lutz
June 26th, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Microsoft to close retail stores
Replies: 4
Views: 257

Microsoft to close retail stores

https://komonews.com/news/local/microso ... cal-stores

Another of Microsoft's attempts to clone something that a competitor does a much better job of (in this case, Apple stores) that ultimately fails. They seem to do that a lot.
by Brian Lutz
June 25th, 2020, 9:40 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Macy’s 2020
Replies: 104
Views: 9527

Re: Macy’s 2020

Macy';s just laid off 3,900 employees in their corporate offices:

https://komonews.com/news/nation-world/ ... takes-toll
by Brian Lutz
June 22nd, 2020, 12:32 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Department Stores and Coronavirus
Replies: 20
Views: 1613

Re: Department Stores and Coronavirus

Here the Ross, TJX and Burlington stores just reopened this weekend, and most had lines to get in. At Burlington, some people reported rather long waits, and with the store showing a capacity of 240 people I'm guessing the place was going to be packed if they were reaching that capacity limit (under...
by Brian Lutz
June 22nd, 2020, 11:56 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Coronavirus and Empty Restaurants
Replies: 189
Views: 11025

Re: Coronavirus and Empty Restaurants

Our area is about 2 1/2 weeks into phase 2 reopening now, and a lot of places have reopened, but there are a few things I've noted: - A lot of fast food chain restaurants (McDonald's and Wendy's seem most prominent) are still not allowing dine-in. The local McDonald's seems to have the lobby open fo...
by Brian Lutz
June 22nd, 2020, 8:15 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Favorite supermarket interior? (1995-present)
Replies: 24
Views: 787

Re: Favorite supermarket interior? (1995-present)

I've always liked the Kroger Fresh Fare interiors (as seen in most QFC Stores, although I believe Ralphs and Kroger Fresh Fare stores would have used it as well) from the mid 2000s. A few of the QFC stores here still have it, but most have been remodeled to a more standard Kroger interior now. The S...
by Brian Lutz
June 18th, 2020, 2:42 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Barber Shops, Salons, Massage Parlors, Reopening
Replies: 9
Views: 314

Re: Barber Shops, Salons, Massage Parlors, Reopening

There's going to be a big backlog for a while at the salons. My Dad reported that when the salons reopened in Northern Idaho it was nearly impossible to get a haircut appointment for several weeks. Just taking a look at the online check-in for Sport Clips locations nearby here, most of them show cur...
by Brian Lutz
June 18th, 2020, 10:12 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Loose Bakery
Replies: 9
Views: 282

Re: Loose Bakery

At the 7-eleven locations here, donuts are now being individually wrapped. That presumably works OK for the small volumes they sell in a convenience store, but would likely be impractical for bulk donuts in a supermarket.
by Brian Lutz
May 29th, 2020, 10:35 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets
Replies: 345
Views: 16833

Re: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets

In my observations here, toilet paper and paper towel supplies have been stable here for the past few weeks. I suspect that as the reopening continues a lot of stores are going to be overstocked for a while as people go through their stockpiles.
by Brian Lutz
May 29th, 2020, 9:56 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Casinos Reopening
Replies: 16
Views: 707

Re: Casinos Reopening

Tulalip Casino (a few miles from where I live) reopened on Tuesday, including some of the restaurants and bars inside the property (not sure if the buffet is included.) Hours and capacity are limited, masks are required for all guests and staff, and smoking doesn't seem to be completely banned, but ...