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by cjd
February 21st, 2021, 10:33 am
Forum: Shopping Centers
Topic: Dead/Dying Malls in Your Area and Predictions
Replies: 64
Views: 10005

Re: Dead/Dying Malls in Your Area and Predictions

Where department stores have failed is in not using the space in their larger locations efficiently. At one time, the larger stores were where you went if you wanted something not available in the smaller stores closer to home. I am going to use JCPenney as an example. The approx. 50K square foot s...
by cjd
February 21st, 2021, 10:20 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: McDonalds and re-opening inside
Replies: 35
Views: 4704

Re: McDonalds and re-opening inside

I went to McDonald's last night about 5:30. I didn't see anyone eating inside but one person was ordering at the counter. One thing I noticed was they have moved the credit card reader to an arm that can swing in front of the window or to the side for taking credit cards. I think this is the first t...
by cjd
February 14th, 2021, 1:52 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Self-checkout and Shrink
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Self-checkout and Shrink

At Lowes, good luck finding an open register even when the self checkout is closed. You usually end up having to check out at the service desk. And with Wal Mart, there's an interesting contrast with the two local stores nearest to me. They both have self checkout but with a big difference. The old...
by cjd
February 14th, 2021, 7:36 am
Forum: Southeast USA
Topic: Older Publix stores still operating?
Replies: 3
Views: 951

Older Publix stores still operating?

I'd be interested to know what the oldest Publix operating is or the one with the oldest interior. The former Publix here was built in 1960, and as of 1998 was mostly original. It may have had some expansions and work done in the 1970s, and the decor was probably updated about 1990 or so. But it was...
by cjd
February 14th, 2021, 7:13 am
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Self-checkout and Shrink
Replies: 37
Views: 3632

Re: Self-checkout and Shrink

I have noticed lately Walmart and Home Depot (really the only two retailers in my area with SC) always have two attendants at the SC areas at any given time. (Walmart having four actually, with two for each corral of SCs). Lowes' SC is a joke, just two stations, and usually they aren't even open (I ...
by cjd
February 14th, 2021, 7:06 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins Acquired By Inspire Brands
Replies: 22
Views: 2907

Re: Dunkin'/Baskin-Robbins Acquired By Inspire Brands

I've noticed DD is now opening a third location in my town next to Home Depot. It's in one of those pop-up outparcel style "strip malls" I guess that have been popular here lately. I don't know what you'd really call them as they are just two or three small retail spaces put together. in a...
by cjd
February 14th, 2021, 6:51 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Sonic in a former Taco Bell
Replies: 15
Views: 3026

Re: Sonic in a former Taco Bell

The Sonic in Kissimmee FL seems to be arranged the same as the one here, with indoor dining, tables out front and drive thru window and drive ins off to the left side. The building looks like it could have been a former Taco Bell, but the area around it all appears to be recently developed (from loo...
by cjd
February 14th, 2021, 6:04 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Is 2021 finally the end for Sears/Kmart?
Replies: 83
Views: 10536

Re: Is 2021 finally the end for Sears/Kmart?

Wow, sounds like quite a bit has changed then even in the last 3 years. My local Kmart went out in Feb 2018. It was still stocked like a typical Kmart - tools, garden dept, toys, Kmart's usual line of clothing, hardware, household, appliances, electronics, etc. Basically the same full line you'd see...
by cjd
February 13th, 2021, 7:42 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: Belk
Replies: 21
Views: 3040

Re: Belk

Stopped by Belk again today. Things did not look much better. Still low inventory levels throughout, a lot of white wall space showing and spaced out displays. It was a Saturday afternoon and I did not even see anyone actively browsing, just a few people passing through from the mall entrance. Beall...
by cjd
February 13th, 2021, 9:47 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: Best Buy Layoffs
Replies: 10
Views: 1348

Re: Best Buy Layoffs

Oh I see, so pretty similar to Circuit City then.