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 on: Today at 01:22:58 PM 
Started by Brammy - Last post by retailisking
TRU is expected to go into adminstration (bankruptcy) in the UK any day now
https://www.thesun.co.uk/money/5655731/toys-r-us-administration-job-loss-uk/

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 on: Today at 12:46:24 PM 
Started by Brammy - Last post by Brammy
In 2 1/2 weeks it will be 16 months since I was fired from my last job for making an inappropriate comment about one of my supervisors.

Wednesday morning I had an interview at one of the big home-improvement chains. I thought it went pretty well. I interviewed with both an Assistant Manager and the Store Manager. I was told to expect a call from a 3rd manager.

Wednesday afternoon I went grocery shopping at my old store. I told my friend Brandon about my interview. He had worked for that home improvement store previously. After I told him I interviewed with 2 managers and I was waiting for call from a 3rd he told me it seems that I'm a shoo-in to get hired. He told me that it's a 3 interview process.

Then I had to get something at the Customer Service Desk. My former supervisor and former best friend Duck was working the desk. As Duck was getting what I needed he asked me how I was doing. I told him about my interview at the home improvement chain. He said "Sounds like they want to hire you. My friend from high school just got hired at a different location and their interview was the same. They start orientation next Thursday the 1st."

When I turn around to leave the desk I see the big boss Vanessa Atkins (Not her real name) standing behind me. I think nothing of it.

When get home from the grocery store it's about 5PM. There's a voicemail from the home improvement store that was left around 4:30. The message was from the 3rd manager telling me I wasn't getting the job..

Around 10:30PM I'm in the office at my house working on the laptop. I see a vehicle pull into my driveway. I look out and see it's Duck driving his GMC Terrain. I go out side and meet him as he's getting out of the SUV. We both get into the SUV.

Me: What's up Duck?
Duck: Bad news, Brammy. You're not getting the job at the home improvement store.
Me: I know. I got a voice mail when I came home from grocery shopping. How did you know I'm not getting hired there?
Duck: Around 4:30 at the end of my shift I was counting the lotto drawer and Vanessa called them and told them not to hire you.
Me (angry): What a G-D DAMN vindictive bitch! It's none of her mother f---ing business!
Duck: I know, bro. I know.
Me: That's why every place I apply I list you as my last supervisor.
Duck: I know. I wish I coud've done somethng to stop her.
Me: It's been almost 16 f---ing months! Shouldn't the statue of limitations on my mistake be over with?
Duck: Yes it should be. It's not right. You're a good guy who had a lapse in judgement it happens. I told you. If it was up to me you wouldn't have gotten fired.
Me: I know. I appreciate what you did fr me that night
Duck: I know. See at the store again soon?
Me (angry): It'll be a f---ing cold snowy day in July before I step foot in that place again!

Duck and I fist bump and we part ways.

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 on: Today at 12:20:34 PM 
Started by MikeinBuffalo - Last post by retailisking
This is the first I heard of Gardner, a puzzling pickup if any, closing. They must have been very low-key if they didn't even tell any local papers as such even though they had no chance there between a relatively new Price Chopper, a redone Hannaford, plus Market Basket and Walmart down the road in Athol.
Gardner's closure was covered in The Gardner News (which is behind a paywall) and Wappingers Falls was covered in the Poughkeepsie Journal. Both closures were announced in November. The union says that Stoppies took back all the laid-off Gardner workers, which suggests to me that the "sale" to Tops was a bit of a sham.
https://www.poughkeepsiejournal.com/story/news/local/2017/11/14/tops-close-wappinger-grocery-store-84-employees-impacted/858772001/

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 on: Today at 10:20:36 AM 
Started by MikeinBuffalo - Last post by Scrabbleship
As much as they had issues, the ex-Hannaford/Stop & Shop locations relatively isolated from their core seem to be the straw that broke the camel's back. I wonder if they'll be the first shed and if so who would take them.
Tops has already closed two of the six stores it acquired from Ahold Delhaize - the ex-Stoppies in Wappingers Falls, NY and Gardner, MA. Not sure how the others are doing.

This is the first I heard of Gardner, a puzzling pickup if any, closing. They must have been very low-key if they didn't even tell any local papers as such even though they had no chance there between a relatively new Price Chopper, a redone Hannaford, plus Market Basket and Walmart down the road in Athol.

Of the remaining four, nobody screams out as a suitor to grab all of them. Acme and Price Chopper have their own issues and while ShopRite would work in Rhinebeck (no competition), New Paltz (old store across the street from Tops), and maybe Mahopac, it would not work in Lagrangeville where they went into the old A&P at NY 82/Taconic Parkway.

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 on: Today at 09:58:20 AM 
Started by MikeinBuffalo - Last post by retailisking
As much as they had issues, the ex-Hannaford/Stop & Shop locations relatively isolated from their core seem to be the straw that broke the camel's back. I wonder if they'll be the first shed and if so who would take them.
Tops has already closed two of the six stores it acquired from Ahold Delhaize - the ex-Stoppies in Wappingers Falls, NY and Gardner, MA. Not sure how the others are doing.

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 on: Today at 08:13:48 AM 
Started by MikeinBuffalo - Last post by Scrabbleship
They really don't compete with anyone in the Capital Region - the stores they have (all former GU stores) fit into that "small towns" category, as GU pretty much sold or closed any store where competition existed in the town.  Probably the closest to such would be Coxsackie, as Catskill isn't that far south (with a PC and Walmart) but the rest tend to be out there (Hoosick Falls, Greenville, Tannersville and then you have to go up to Corinth and north for other Tops stores - really not much in the Capital Region directly).

The distance between Hoosick Falls and Bennington, VT is the same as that as between Coxsackie and Catskill. And in Coxsackie's case, the Ravena Shop 'n Save is closer by several miles.

As much as they had issues, the ex-Hannaford/Stop & Shop locations relatively isolated from their core seem to be the straw that broke the camel's back. I wonder if they'll be the first shed and if so who would take them.

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 on: Today at 03:11:07 AM 
Started by Caldor1999 - Last post by ShopKoFan
Number of Subway restaurant locations opening each year worldwide
1965: 1
1974: 16
1981: 200
1982: 300
1985: 500
1987: 1,000
1988: 2,000
1990: 5,000
2018: 45,000

International locations
1965: United States (as Pete's Super Submarines)
1968: United States (as Subway)
1984: Bahrain
1986: Canada
1987: Bahamas
1990: Mexico
1992: Japan, Saudi Arabia
1995: China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Honduras, Ireland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Switzerland, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan
1996: Colombia, Denmark, Guatemala, Kuwait, Martinique, Nicaragua, Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay, Venezuela
2001: India
 

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 on: Yesterday at 03:10:20 PM 
Started by Brammy - Last post by danfifepsu
Which ones do you speculate will close if there is another wave? For me Swansea Mass, CONCORD NH, Clarence NEW YORK thats near the EAstern Hills Mall, Moline IL, 1 of the 2 in Grand Rapids MI, CHesapaoke VA, Lynchburg VA.
some that were taken off this latest ones list I feel may end up closing this next wave. like Glens Falls.

How Many Babies r us' and what went wrong w Babies R Us?

I have noticed a lot of the old-school ones and or long-running locations from the 1980s aren't on the chopping block (Clay, NY, Boardman, OH, St Clairsville, Montgomery, AL, Horseheads, NY) -- probably because they do well enough and in sales and location. Seems like this closure wave is targeted the aggressive expansion of Babies R Us stores for now. Until we see the list of more stores. I wonder that the reason the above stores have remained old for so long is because they just make it enough just not enough to remodel.

Not a betting man but I would say something has got to give with Montgomery, AL -- there's no Babies R Us stores anywhere nearby but that TRU is so old I can see it closing or remodeling into a combo store. It's in pretty rough shape almost as if they were thinking about closing it years ago.

Then again, Bangor, ME is on the list and there are no other stores nearby.

In my state (CT), we are losing some I am surprised by, especially Newington and Manchester.

Could also be the property/leases are too high or would be too high to re-up to keep operating?

Without the sales figures, no one really knows exactly beyond this obvious, speculative answer.

I love Montgomery's look

of Bangor's on the list., I went in that store on MONDAY and its A DUMP!!! it has a crap selection, is a small store, does not have what many Toys r us have, has not even changed the aisles around since it opened, didnt have the big STar WArs aisle, didnt have the MOVIE HQ aisle, and was dirty and smelly inside! Even corporate did an evaluation at the store and they spent 4 hours saying this is bad.


ALSO I SAID THAT OF CLAREnce as the mall is dying and Amherst's is near it.

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 on: Yesterday at 02:55:17 PM 
Started by Brammy - Last post by XISMZERO
Which ones do you speculate will close if there is another wave? For me Swansea Mass, CONCORD NH, Clarence NEW YORK thats near the EAstern Hills Mall, Moline IL, 1 of the 2 in Grand Rapids MI, CHesapaoke VA, Lynchburg VA.
some that were taken off this latest ones list I feel may end up closing this next wave. like Glens Falls.

How Many Babies r us' and what went wrong w Babies R Us?

I have noticed a lot of the old-school ones and or long-running locations from the 1980s aren't on the chopping block (Clay, NY, Boardman, OH, St Clairsville, Montgomery, AL, Horseheads, NY) -- probably because they do well enough and in sales and location. Seems like this closure wave is targeted the aggressive expansion of Babies R Us stores for now. Until we see the list of more stores. I wonder that the reason the above stores have remained old for so long is because they just make it enough just not enough to remodel.

Not a betting man but I would say something has got to give with Montgomery, AL -- there's no Babies R Us stores anywhere nearby but that TRU is so old I can see it closing or remodeling into a combo store. It's in pretty rough shape almost as if they were thinking about closing it years ago.

Then again, Bangor, ME is on the list and there are no other stores nearby.

In my state (CT), we are losing some I am surprised by, especially Newington and Manchester.

Could also be the property/leases are too high or would be too high to re-up to keep operating?

Without the sales figures, no one really knows exactly beyond this obvious, speculative answer.

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 on: Yesterday at 02:17:17 PM 
Started by Brammy - Last post by MikeinBuffalo



Which ones do you speculate will close if there is another wave? For me Swansea Mass, CONCORD NH, Clarence NEW YORK thats near the EAstern Hills Mall, Moline IL, 1 of the 2 in Grand Rapids MI, CHesapaoke VA, Lynchburg VA.
some that were taken off this latest ones list I feel may end up closing this next wave. like Glens Falls.

How Many Babies r us' and what went wrong w Babies R Us?

This would suck. Grew up shopping there! It's usually fairly busy. Why do you think this location would close? Age?

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