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by mjhale
February 19th, 2017, 1:08 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: German chain Lidl sets eyes on Virginia, Carolinas
Replies: 32
Views: 12537

Re: German chain Lidl sets eyes on Virginia, Carolinas

I'm in Northern Virginia. All but one of the Aldi stores near me are in strip centers where Aldi took over space from a closed retailer. There is one Aldi store on the east side of Manassas that is in a new build shopping strip where Aldi is in a standalone building. The Aldi stores around me seem t...
by mjhale
February 12th, 2017, 3:53 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Walmart and 24 hour stores
Replies: 29
Views: 9587

Re: Walmart and 24 hour stores

Wal Mart had a store in Reno that eliminated 24 hour operations last year then brought it back again not long after. It is a store in a very central location, actually on an Indian Tribe's land (so sales tax goes to the Tribe), but the store clearly has some issues. Many issues. Theft, crime, other...
by mjhale
January 30th, 2017, 2:32 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Albertsons/Safeway Merger - Two Years Old
Replies: 15
Views: 4184

Re: Albertsons/Safeway Merger - Two Years Old

I'm in the DC area and here's my view since the merger: +Stores are cleaner. +New lighting has made a huge difference to brighten up the stores. The Lifestyle format as built was too dark. +Overall stock levels are much better. +Sale ads seem to be more aggressive especially for commonly purchased i...
by mjhale
January 25th, 2017, 4:57 pm
Forum: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Walgreens Close To Buying Rite Aid
Replies: 333
Views: 64960

Re: Walgreens Close To Buying Rite Aid

I've never understood the reasoning behind these drug stores flooding areas with locations. To me the drug store chains seem like glorified convenience stores with prices to match. Personally I haven't been in a drug store until recently when my prescription coverage went to CVS/Caremark. To get the...
by mjhale
January 22nd, 2017, 6:47 am
Forum: Midwest & Plains USA
Topic: What now, SuperValu?
Replies: 40
Views: 15945

Re: What now, SuperValu?

Stafford is certainly closer to Safeway's trade area than Publix's, and frankly, I wouldn't be too sure of Publix in the DC suburbs until the Richmond market is a success and they start opening stores north. Publix is rumored to be coming a retail development near the Southpointe/Cosner's Corner ar...
by mjhale
January 21st, 2017, 9:09 am
Forum: Midwest & Plains USA
Topic: What now, SuperValu?
Replies: 40
Views: 15945

Re: What now, SuperValu?

Shoppers is a quasi-warehouse format around DC (more of a conventional up in Baltimore though) but their locations skew in middle to lower middle class areas. These are not really the types of locations I would expect Safeway to target. Maybe someone like a Shop Rite or one of the other independent...
by mjhale
January 17th, 2017, 5:03 pm
Forum: Midwest & Plains USA
Topic: What now, SuperValu?
Replies: 40
Views: 15945

Re: What now, SuperValu?

Save-A-Lot faces competition from rival limited assortment/discount grocers Aldi and Lidl. Could Publix acquire both Farm Fresh (42 stores) and Shoppers (52 stores)? Acquiring both chains gets Publix into the Hampton Roads, Virginia, region and Maryland. SuperValu would remove itself from the Atlan...
by mjhale
January 16th, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Publix expanding to Virginia
Replies: 71
Views: 25199

Re: Publix expanding to Virginia

If I recall correctly, one of those "other" Martin's stores includes one built a few years ago, so I have to assume the stores are making money and won't be closed down, changed to the Food Lion, or just letting their leases run out. Maybe the stores weren't divested firstly because they weren't in...
by mjhale
January 16th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: Mid-Atlantic USA
Topic: Publix expanding to Virginia
Replies: 71
Views: 25199

Re: Publix expanding to Virginia

I'm very curious to see what will happen to the Richmond Martins stores that were not sold to Publix. In the articles I saw about the divestitures Ahold said that they would continue to operate the stores pending a sale to other operators. Thus far I haven't seen any word of who these stores would ...
by mjhale
January 16th, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Target to close 11 stores before year end
Replies: 99
Views: 25891

Re: Target to close 11 stores before year end

Agreed. Target also seems to no longer be focused on their core large stores. Their planned store development list (below) shows that every planned new store is between 17,000 square feet and 50,000 square feet (except for one store in Spring, Texas). They're essentially opening up trendy, slightly...