Stores going out of business

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  1. billsharpe

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    There's never been a Kmart within ten miles of me. Stopped at one in central California on a trip last spring. It was pitiful...
     
  2. jimmie57

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    Totally opposite news about stores.
    Click on the arrow on the right side of the picture for the individual pics of the stores that are ADDING stores.
    These 15 retailers are opening stores
     
  3. Cholly

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    Add another retailer opening stores: German supermarket chain Lidl, which competes with Aldi globally. Lidl's first 3 U. S. stores opened in North Carolina last year and the firm is expanding initially in the Southeast.
     
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    Local story on that - Lidl was rather sloppy on how they picked their first locations. Further expansion will be done more carefully.
     
  5. Rich

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    I haven't clicked on the link but I'll take a guess: Mostly women's clothes or stores that take careful aim at women, such as Target? Now let me open the link...Yup. Annoying.

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  6. Rich

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    Lidl should make out well if its competition is Aldi. I've only been in the one nearby and it is awful.

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  7. SamC

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    I don't think Aldi is "awful". Like Dollar General and Big Lots and such, it serves a segment. It has a limited selection of mostly store brand products of sometimes lower quality (but certainly clean and healthful).

    I really don't have to watch every penny, but I can run through Aldi and Dollar General once and a while and save some real money.
     
  8. Rich

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    I do. It's not clean. Not much of a selection of anything. The fruit and veggies looked, dare I say awful again? And across the mall there's a Walmart, which is also...awful. Yet I go into other Walmarts and find them to be pretty nice. I've been in one Aldi and it was so bad I haven't been back. YMMV.

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  9. James Long

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    If you judged all Walmarts based on that one you would consider the whole chain as bad as Aldi's. The chain recently remodeled our local Aldi's. My wife shops there. We also got a remodeled Walmart (upgrade to Supercenter) and regional chain Meijer is refreshing their stores. It is nice to see stores taking care of their property.
     
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    No Walmart anywhere near us. We sometimes stop at one in Ventura when we visit our daughter. I picked up a wireless Logitech keyboard/mouse combo a year ago for about $40. I changed the mouse battery a couple months ago but the original keyboard battery is still working after a year.
     
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    In my little neighborhood, I get the following main choices:

    Kroger. My particular Kroger was built in the late 80s. Just before Kroger changed its spec store design (sort of like trading cars the year before the all new version comes out, yours will look old in a month, the next year's will look just like the new ones for several years) and next to a K-Mart. They have not cleaned the place in years. While other Kroger outlets have been getting this remodel, mine languishes. My guess is they are waiting K-Mart out, as it has a superior lot, and they will eventually tear it down and build a modern store and then sell their current building to something like Big Lots.

    Sav-A-Lot. Poor people's store. Also does not carry beer and there is an element in my part of the country that just will not go in a place that sells alcohol. Dirty and disorganized, and really not that much of a savings over Kroger.

    Aldi. The outlet near me is new, clean, and well stocked. Many of the items are unfamiliar brands, and some are of a quality that you might not buy again after you try them, but much of the material is just fine. And you can save some real $$.

    Wal-Mart. My partiular Wal-Mart is great. Well stocked, clean, modern and not that crowded. Helpful staff. Better prices than Kroger. I have been to some other Wal-Marts that seem to serve too big an area and are just over-crowded, but mine is great.
     
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    So true Sam. Remember how bad the WalMart at Southridge was? Trash covered the parking lot and the store was a mess. Then they opened one down in Logan, and all of a sudden the Southridge was clean and well-stocked. It is amazing what a simple change of demographics can do.

    But on the Kroger side, why is ours the dump of the area? It sure can't be demographic income. Yet Ashton Place, B'ville and now Huntington (3rd Ave.) all have nicer stores. We got new signage last year, but the store is still a dump compared to the others. :(
     
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    jimmie57

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    I would blame that on the store manager.
     
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    Sounds like a dream. You should see what our store is like. You have a "helpful staff". Our store has very few employees that speak English. But, as I've said, I have been in several Walmarts that were nice. I never said they were all bad. I did find three more Aldis nearby. I'm gonna stop in each one and I'll let you know if they are any better.

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    My guess, and it is just a guess, is my "K-Mart theory". The paritcular store we are talking about serves an upper-middle class base, yet has gone to seed, while the stores serving similar bases nearby, Ashton Place, Barboursville, and even South Charleston, and several others around the region, have gotten this "reset" where they strip the store down to the bare walls and do a complete remodel.

    My guess is that they will build a new store next door when the K-Mart goes under, which cannot be long for this world.
     
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    Yeah, don't see how that K-Mart is still there. But my teenage daughter loves it. :confused:

    The Ashton Place store probably has a higher-end clientele vs. B-Ville and S. Charleston, which as you noted serve an upper-middle class base. But please explain the reset of the 3rd avenue store in Huntington. That place is a few blocks from the hood in a somewhat rundown area.

    I do hope you are right that they will do something once the K-Mart is gone. Don't know how long you have lived in the valley, but I remember when the only thing at the exit was a truck stop and a tractor dealership. Then they built the Kroger and Shoney's in Putnam Village and we were living right. Loved going for the hot fudge cake as a kid.
     
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    In less than ten years I've witnessed the following stores close in our area...COMPUSA, Circuit City, K Mart, Radio Shack, Sears and Sam's Club. Not a good trend.
     

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