Stores going out of business

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    Sadie keeps dragging me to the local Michaels, that is a store that I could live without. Absolutely nothing of interest for me and it takes forever to check out.

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    I did not see the list but I'm hoping the Bridgewater Mall's Macy's isn't on it. The sales there, if you know how to play Macy's, are hard to believe.

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    The pre-COVID list from February: Macy's store closings 2020 map: Here are the first locations to close

    How will any buffet survive months of "social distancing"? Convert to cafeterias and have servers load the plates?
     
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    Sorry to see SoupPlantation go, but I gave up on the all-you-can-eat buffets many years ago. My appetite is less now than when I was younger. Thankfully, so is my weight!
     
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    Actually I think that makes a ton of sense. Convert to cafeteria style where you are handed what you asked for. You don’t get tot punch utensils etc.
     
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    I always liked the way this place dispensed food and drinks:

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    Time for a comeback maybe?
     
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    The theory makes sense, but it's a business model that can't work. These restaurants operate on a razor thin margin, now they'll have to employ 1-3 additional people per hour to serve you.
     
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    I'd like to see that. I was appalled when they went out of business. I would not be surprised to see this model used for new restaurants if the virus doesn't go away easily.

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    I like the story about the drunk who had a tray overflowing with food from the Automat but kept putting nickels in the slots. Someone asked him when he was going to sit down and eat. His reply: "I can't quit while I'm winning."

    Obviously that's a pretty old joke! I remember eating lunch at H&H Automats when I worked in Philly in the mid-50's.
     
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    I expect when things all get opened up that restaurant pricing will go up across the board. Because customer spacing will be more spread out which means fewer customers in the restaurant.

    That should give the buffets some wiggle room on pricing so they could dish out the food instead of self service. I think they have to in order to survive. Ask yourself, would you eat at a buffet with self server these days? For me the answer would be a strong no.
     
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    I'm not planning to eat in any restaurant in the near future. Takeout and delivery is working fine for us one night a week. We grocery shop early Friday morning and eat in the rest of the week. Daughter brought take-out food for Mother's Day dinner yesterday. We have enough leftovers for at least four more dinners.
     
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    I will eat out at a sit down restaurant the moment it is legal here. Fewer patrons will make it more enjoyable. Hopefully better service too.
     
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    For the restaurants' sake I hope there are a lot of people like you. I'll be 90 in two months and have to be more careful. We're not planning on flying anytime soon either.
     
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    Specialty's just announced they are gone for good. I don't know the geographical extent of their shops. They are often co-located with another shop like Peet's coffee. Here in Silicon Valley they were big lunch caterers.
     

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