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by mjhale
May 12th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Sears/Kmart: Will 2020 be the end?
Replies: 81
Views: 8629

Re: Sears/Kmart: Will 2020 be the end?

Where will the last Kmart to operate be? I am going to say that Guam could be the last. For logistics purposes, I could see this one (if there is interest) potentially coming under control of Kmart Australia. In any case, this one will likely survive until the end. No other Kmart locations that are...
by mjhale
May 12th, 2020, 7:58 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Smart & Final now using single-line queuing system for all stores
Replies: 7
Views: 424

Re: Smart & Final now using single-line queuing system for all stores

I guess they can call this new and exciting because it is Coronovirus related? I've seen a similar system in use at high volume downtown Whole Foods locations and various suburban TJX stores. It works well at the stores I've been in that had it because they had plenty of registers open and the line ...
by mjhale
April 27th, 2020, 5:08 pm
Forum: Drugstore Chains
Topic: CVS Plastic Wrapping Pharmacy
Replies: 6
Views: 1163

Re: CVS Plastic Wrapping Pharmacy

I was in a DC area CVS at the end of March and they had started to do this but not to the extent that you describe. There were two metal poles about 3 feet high on either side of each pharmacy register. There was plastic wrap between the two poles around the height of where the average person's head...
by mjhale
April 22nd, 2020, 9:57 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets
Replies: 345
Views: 16778

Re: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets

I have experienced the Supermarket Sweep at Walmart near closing time. I arrived shortly before closing and a female employee who I would describe as a cheerleader was encouraging customers to run inside before the doors closed. It was a mad dash inside as people raced around with shopping carts th...
by mjhale
April 22nd, 2020, 9:45 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets
Replies: 345
Views: 16778

Re: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets

I have to wonder if some of the lower and low volume stores that aren't seeing a lot of restocking activity will sunset once the economy starts to reopen. From the descriptions here grocers are obviously focusing on their better stores in terms of sales and traffic volumes. Of course this creates an...
by mjhale
April 15th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Coronavirus and Meat Processing Plants
Replies: 8
Views: 991

Re: Coronavirus and Meat Processing Plants

Nothing snide about it. But it is potentially relevant to the topic. Keep following the money, as it is quite a long trail. Then again, we don't know who has the actual power to make the decision close the plant. If it is management at HQ, if it was threats from the state, or a decision of the US b...
by mjhale
April 10th, 2020, 5:43 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Coronavirus and Empty Restaurants
Replies: 189
Views: 10987

Re: Coronavirus and Empty Restaurants

In my area most of the McDonalds have closed their inside entirely and are doing drive through only at least during the afternoon and dinner periods. Specific locations include Reno on Kietzke Lane and Reno on Mae Anne Ave. (two different franchisees). I am not sure if that is what McDonalds Corp. ...
by mjhale
April 9th, 2020, 7:02 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Coronavirus and wearing masks in stores
Replies: 107
Views: 7479

Re: Coronavirus and masks in stores

Every time someone shops at Walmart they are supporting the system that takes away from USA domestic production. The choice that underlies this for consumers is PRICE. Low price dictates the necessity for overseas production. The companies that engage in this are all about greedy profits. They sque...
by mjhale
April 8th, 2020, 6:57 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Restaurants Selling Ingredients
Replies: 16
Views: 1288

Re: Restaurants Selling Ingredients

I was in Safeway today and noticed that they were selling the big plastic bulk bags of the soups that they would normally put in the self serve containers for you to ladle out what you want. I should have looked at the expiration date on the bags. My first thought was oh they are trying to clear thi...
by mjhale
April 8th, 2020, 6:47 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets
Replies: 345
Views: 16778

Re: Coronavirus Fears and Empty Supermarkets

Does either of these chains even have a way to do online ordering? Somehow I'd think they don't, and since stores that have been doing it for a fair time have had issues with the increased volumes, it doesn't seem like something easy to start up at a time like this. Aldi has delivery through Instac...