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by BillyGr
August 8th, 2020, 9:29 am
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: JC Penney Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 189
Views: 15201

Re: JC Penney Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

All, I appreciate that we all love the thought of the legacy first JC Penney store staying open for another 100 years, but the reality is that this is a store that has not fit with JC Penney's business model for decades. It's a tiny store (I've been in it), it doesn't have many of the departments t...
by BillyGr
August 8th, 2020, 9:26 am
Forum: Specialty Retail Chains
Topic: 7-Eleven wins bid to acquire Speedway
Replies: 23
Views: 1231

7-Eleven wins bid to acquire Speedway

So what I'm curious is how many of these are old sites. When 7-Eleven acquired Sunoco's retail operations ( still not integrated fully, despite 7-Eleven products sold at the stores), many of the Stripes stores (at the time of the acquisition) were nice, new stores that were less than a decade old. ...
by BillyGr
August 6th, 2020, 5:24 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Dunkin' Donuts To Close 800 U.S. Locations
Replies: 12
Views: 1025

Re: Dunkin' Donuts To Close 800 U.S. Locations

That just about sums up my opinion of them, as well. Terrible donuts. I don't know why anyone would go there if there was a Krispy Kreme nearby. Admittedly I am not a big donut eater (maybe once or twice a year) and I don't drink coffee, either, so I'm sure I'm not their target customer. That may b...
by BillyGr
August 6th, 2020, 5:03 pm
Forum: Department Store Chains
Topic: JC Penney Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
Replies: 189
Views: 15201

Re: JC Penney Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Given the location and size, the merchandise mix they had was probably more locally tailored than a typical JCPenney store. Kemmerer really doesn't have many other options. The right thing to do, if the store does end up closing, would be to turn it in to a museum. Maybe even better, find someone l...
by BillyGr
August 6th, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: Non Region-Specific
Topic: Coronavirus and Plastic Bag Bans
Replies: 131
Views: 12434

Re: Coronavirus and Plastic Bag Bans

Aside from Price Chopper/Market 32 and Tops, pretty much everybody else is business as usual around here in regards to bags. Hannaford and Wal-Mart are using thin plastic and Target is using (and NOT charging for them) paper bags with handles. I just wish there was one coherent policy and every sto...
by BillyGr
August 2nd, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: The Future of Buffets, Salad Bars, and Self Serve?
Replies: 48
Views: 4877

Re: The Future of Buffets, Salad Bars, and Self Serve?

Self service food bars and buffets were allowed to open in Utah again under updated phased guidelines, but based on all the restrictions, if I were a restaurant owner I would probably pay 1-2 people to operate and plate the servings and bring them to diners tables. Doesn't seem too hard - people en...
by BillyGr
August 2nd, 2020, 11:17 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Dunkin' Donuts To Close 800 U.S. Locations
Replies: 12
Views: 1025

Re: Dunkin' Donuts To Close 800 U.S. Locations

What is interesting about this is Dunkin is a virtually 100% franchise network. So are they kicking out 800 franchises, or are 800 franchises performing so poorly that they are going out of business? In the East, Dunkin is a very present and very popular brand. They have a reliable model to provide...
by BillyGr
August 1st, 2020, 1:53 pm
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: McDonald's Closing 100 Walmart Restaurants
Replies: 23
Views: 1515

Re: McDonald's Closing 100 Walmart Restaurants

The Walmart closest to my house originally had a McDonald's inside, and a full restaurant out front. When Walmart remodeled, the in-store McDonald's went away, but the McDonald's out front is still open, as well as a Subway that is also out front. We had one in this area where there was an existing...
by BillyGr
July 31st, 2020, 10:10 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: The Future of Buffets, Salad Bars, and Self Serve?
Replies: 48
Views: 4877

Re: The Future of Buffets, Salad Bars, and Self Serve?

The Chinese Buffet/Grill has reopened. From what I gather, you MUST sanitize, put on gloves and a mask upon entering, and wear a mask when you aren't at your table. Buffet is open but must wear a mask and gloves at it. Sounds easier to me to just stay with takeout... This is a very clean and higher...
by BillyGr
July 31st, 2020, 10:07 am
Forum: Restaurant Chains
Topic: Burger King Discontinues Slices of Apple Pie & Declares Christmas in July
Replies: 4
Views: 477

Re: Burger King Discontinues Slices of Apple Pie & Declares Christmas in July

The Edward's pies were also found at Dollar Tree for $1. Why pay more at Burger King when you can get the exact same pie at a dollar store? Likely just the convenience of getting it if you were already there having other food. Just like you buy a cup of soda for what you could pay for a whole 2L bo...