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by babs
April 6th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Panera Bread Sold to JAB
Replies: 15
Views: 4424

Re: Panera Bread Sold to JAB

I haven't noticed any real change in Einstein Bagels since the purchase by this group. The local location is a franchise and execution has been real mixed over the years. The coupons (which appear corporate issued) and promotional strategies seem the same as before the purchase. It is still expensi...
by babs
March 31st, 2017, 7:54 am
Forum: California USA
Topic: Ralphs Discontinuing Traditional Printed Ads
Replies: 44
Views: 11995

Re: Ralphs Discontinuing Traditional Printed Ads

Here's a few more observations over the last few days: Ad disappears from the app and website at 9 PM Tuesday night. This is nothing new but how am I supposed to access an ad between 9 & Midnight on Tuesday? I've been in a few Ralphs where I can either not get a signal at all or it's 3G and slow as...
by babs
March 27th, 2017, 8:54 am
Forum: California USA
Topic: Ralphs Discontinuing Traditional Printed Ads
Replies: 44
Views: 11995

Re: Ralphs Discontinuing Traditional Printed Ads

No doubt that this will cost some sales, but it will also remove a huge expense. In the Northwest, the Fred Meyer ad in the Sunday paper sometimes has more pages than the entire Monday newspaper. I can't imagine how much it costs to send that out, but it's worth losing a few sales. This could also ...
by babs
March 26th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: California USA
Topic: Ralphs Discontinuing Traditional Printed Ads
Replies: 44
Views: 11995

Re: Ralphs Discontinuing Traditional Printed Ads

The era of the weekly printed ad may be ending quicker than you think. It's a huge expense for a retailer. Back in the 90s, I worked for a chain in the west where I directly worked on the ad. It cost us $1 million a week to produce, print and insert the circulars. Obviously it's only gone up from th...
by babs
March 23rd, 2017, 2:49 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Target debuts new store designs to launch in October
Replies: 35
Views: 9491

Re: Target debuts new store designs to launch in October

The second door could be a good idea if the point is to highlight grocery. Target actually has a pretty complete grocery selection outside of meat, service deli and bakery. Part of the issue is that it's an afterthought, hiding out in the back of the stores. If you put it up front with a really attr...
by babs
March 17th, 2017, 3:19 pm
Forum: Online Retailers
Topic: Future of Retail - Amazon Monopoly?
Replies: 18
Views: 10790

Re: Future of Retail - Amazon Monopoly?

Let's put some of this into perspective. In 2016, Amazon did $136 billion in sales. $12 billion of that came from their cloud revenue business, so $124 billion in total revenue. Walmart did about $300 billion in the US, $478 billion for the entire world. Kroger did over $100 billion. So Amazon is st...
by babs
March 15th, 2017, 12:53 pm
Forum: Northwest, Rockies, & Alaska USA
Topic: New Fred Meyer planned in Centralia, WA
Replies: 14
Views: 4795

Re: New Fred Meyer planned in Centralia, WA

Fred Meyer doesn't build many new stores for several reasons. One, Kroger figures there are better opportunities elsewhere. Keep in mind that Kroger Marketplaces are essentially Fred Meyer stores without much apparel. Two, due to the large size of the stores and all the land use laws in the NW, siti...
by babs
March 15th, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: Shopping Centers
Topic: Emptying malls in Portland, OR
Replies: 19
Views: 18593

Re: Emptying malls in Portland, OR

The next mall that is becoming questionable is Mall 205. While they did make a very good effort to get new tenants in there after the closures of Montgomery Ward and Emporium, and the Target and Home Depot seem to do ok, the inside stores seem to not be doing as well. Quite a few empty spaces in th...
by babs
February 24th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Lucy Activewear Shutting Down
Replies: 0
Views: 1594

Lucy Activewear Shutting Down

Another chain bites the dust:
http://www.kgw.com/money/business/lucy- ... /414438045

And I thought the yoga pants market was hot.
by babs
January 24th, 2017, 9:39 pm
Forum: Drugstore Chains
Topic: Walgreens Close To Buying Rite Aid
Replies: 333
Views: 73990

Re: Walgreens Close To Buying Rite Aid

Logically, CVS could use a good number of stores being divested. It would strengthen their position in the east like NYC, Pacific Northwest, and Utah/Colorado/Idaho where they are trying to expand organically. I suspect CVS does not want to help Walgreens get bigger than they are, so they do not wa...