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  1. #31
    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    It is a family name yes. Overpriced for every day items for sure. But, a good place to go for specialty produce and meats that you aren't likely to find in a standard grocery store. On those items, they're pretty well inline with a Whole Foods.
    That is very true.


  2. #32
    Quote Originally Posted by deadheadskier View Post
    It is a family name yes. Overpriced for every day items for sure. But, a good place to go for specialty produce and meats that you aren't likely to find in a standard grocery store. On those items, they're pretty well inline with a Whole Foods.
    There's one in the town where I've been living for over twenty years and remember one or two close by to where I have worked. IMO, they should be used as a case study on how to be successful with cheap items sellers such as MB, Hannaford and WalMart close by.

    1.They were one of the first to offer salad bars and hot food. That was the reason we knew about them at work. IMO, they have the most variety of prep food compare to other markets. Lunch and dinner time is when they lay out these items

    2. As mentioned, they offer better produce and better cuts of meat than most markets.

    3. They have store promotion/sales on items that at cost are about the same as WalMart, they just don't have it on all items so it forces you to look or check their weekly fliers.

    4. They make it a priority to hire local kids. Its most likely their first job so it makes for good karma and loyalty to their parents.

    5. They rotate their managers which forces them to deal with the people they have and not allow the workers to get use to an entrenched management style.

    And yes, they are located in middle class or upper middle class towns but they have adapted in growing competition. BTW, I heard Whole Foods is not doing so well.
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  3. #33
    Those are good points about how Roche was successful. I grew up in a town with a Roche Bros so I also remember seeing all of those improvements begin to take shape. It has a big presence in the towns its in due to the kid labor force. Hadn't ever thought about it that way until now.

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    Funny how the roof box thread is merging with this one.

    To get up to speed here, EMS filed for bankruptcy last year, reorganized, and is again facing bankruptcy. It is owned by the same company that owns and operates Bob's Sports.

    BG posted that Gander Mountain Sports is also on unsteady ground. He also mentioned that Cabela's may merge with BPS.
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  5. #35
    Aldi is a cool store. Really interesting business model. It's the one grocery store I don't mind going into. Mainly because you can get out of there fairly quickly. I read a competitor of theirs is coming stateside, Lidl...another German grocery chain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thetrailboss View Post
    Funny how the roof box thread is merging with this one.

    To get up to speed here, EMS filed for bankruptcy last year, reorganized, and is again facing bankruptcy. It is owned by the same company that owns and operates Bob's Sports.

    BG posted that Gander Mountain Sports is also on unsteady ground. He also mentioned that Cabela's may merge with BPS.
    That merger started last fall and fell apart in February due to regulatory issues tied to Capital One who was going to take on Cabelas' banking operations. So Capital one stepped aside and now a new southern bank stepped in saving the merger and will take the monetary assets from the banking operations and sell the credit card business to Capital One.
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  7. #37
    I'll be interested to see if the Amazon Go concept takes off. Pretty crazy to think that this well could be what most retail looks like in the not too distant future.

    https://www.wired.com/2016/12/amazon-go-grocery-store/

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack97 View Post
    There's one in the town where I've been living for over twenty years and remember one or two close by to where I have worked. IMO, they should be used as a case study on how to be successful with cheap items sellers such as MB, Hannaford and WalMart close by.

    1.They were one of the first to offer salad bars and hot food. That was the reason we knew about them at work. IMO, they have the most variety of prep food compare to other markets. Lunch and dinner time is when they lay out these items

    2. As mentioned, they offer better produce and better cuts of meat than most markets.

    3. They have store promotion/sales on items that at cost are about the same as WalMart, they just don't have it on all items so it forces you to look or check their weekly fliers.

    4. They make it a priority to hire local kids. Its most likely their first job so it makes for good karma and loyalty to their parents.

    5. They rotate their managers which forces them to deal with the people they have and not allow the workers to get use to an entrenched management style.

    And yes, they are located in middle class or upper middle class towns but they have adapted in growing competition. BTW, I heard Whole Foods is not doing so well.
    Sounds a lot like Stew Leonard's and Adam's Fairacre Farms in my area.

  9. #39
    Looked at link to amazon go checkout-less shopping and it reminded me of something my brother told me. My bro works in the vending machine business where he says there is revolution going on. His company is installing mini 7-11 type shops inside office buildings with no human oversight. Shelves in the shop are stocked with candy, snacks, soda, etc. including maybe 30% of the kinds and quantity of things in a 7-11. The shops have one or two self-checkout machines like those at many current grocery stores. You are on your honor to swipe and pay for all your stuff just like self checkout at grocery. There is a camera or two in the shop to monitor things. The companies in the office building have agreed with the vending company to assist with prosecution of anyone who is detected of stealing stuff including possibility of job termination. My bro reports stealing has been a non-factor and revenue is many times the level of a batch of vending machines in the same amount of space because people buy stuff to last for the week, rather than for the next hour. Plus, because these mini-shops are so popular with clients the vending company can negotiate paying less of a percentage of the profits to the businesses for access to set up these mini-shops instead of vending machines. Oops, I digress

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    ^^^ Self checkout was something I was thinking about in terms of how current retailers needs to adapt. I like the convenience and will shop at Home Depot and WalMart for that reason.
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