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« Reply #1020 on: September 30, 2016, 05:25:04 AM »

Renovations have been completed in Bristol, Connecticut. Grand Reopening was today. Not sure when I can get pictures seeing that I don't have a car.

I went to the newly remodeled Walmart yesterday. - A quick unplanned trip to buy a watch on my way to work at Stop & Shop on Pine Street. The outside of the building has been painted Industrial Grey and the area where the new Walmart sign is is painted blue. For industrial grey it doesn't look bad. Inside the former Portrait Studio which at one time they were trying to lease out is gone - replaced by a wall with a door. Jackson-Hewitt used to set up in their during tax time. Wonder what's gonna happen with that now. Some things have been moved around and they expanded the grocery section. There's also new signage. I didn't have time to see the entire store.
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« Reply #1021 on: October 01, 2016, 06:45:54 AM »

Renovations have been completed in Bristol, Connecticut. Grand Reopening was today. Not sure when I can get pictures seeing that I don't have a car.

I went to the newly remodeled Walmart yesterday. - A quick unplanned trip to buy a watch on my way to work at Stop & Shop on Pine Street. The outside of the building has been painted Industrial Grey and the area where the new Walmart sign is is painted blue. For industrial grey it doesn't look bad. Inside the former Portrait Studio which at one time they were trying to lease out is gone - replaced by a wall with a door. Jackson-Hewitt used to set up in their during tax time. Wonder what's gonna happen with that now. Some things have been moved around and they expanded the grocery section. There's also new signage. I didn't have time to see the entire store.

They had a portrait studio? What happened to it?
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« Reply #1022 on: October 01, 2016, 04:14:32 PM »

Renovations have been completed in Bristol, Connecticut. Grand Reopening was today. Not sure when I can get pictures seeing that I don't have a car.

I went to the newly remodeled Walmart yesterday. - A quick unplanned trip to buy a watch on my way to work at Stop & Shop on Pine Street. The outside of the building has been painted Industrial Grey and the area where the new Walmart sign is is painted blue. For industrial grey it doesn't look bad. Inside the former Portrait Studio which at one time they were trying to lease out is gone - replaced by a wall with a door. Jackson-Hewitt used to set up in their during tax time. Wonder what's gonna happen with that now. Some things have been moved around and they expanded the grocery section. There's also new signage. I didn't have time to see the entire store.

They had a portrait studio? What happened to it?

Closed 4 or 5 yrs ago.
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« Reply #1023 on: October 07, 2016, 01:50:16 AM »

They're plowing cash into online, as with their recent acquisition of Jet.com
http://www.seattletimes.com/business/wal-mart-plans-to-slow-new-store-openings-invest-in-online/
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« Reply #1024 on: October 07, 2016, 07:09:26 AM »

Makes sense.  The threat today is no longer Target or Kmart, but Amazon.
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« Reply #1025 on: October 07, 2016, 07:18:52 AM »

The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Bristol, CT cut their hours again. Last year they ceased being open 24/7 and changed their hours to 6AM-12AM. Now their hours are 6AM-10PM.
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« Reply #1026 on: October 17, 2016, 04:37:40 AM »

You often hear stories of communities against Walmart being built. Here's a group in favor of Walmart building a Supercenter in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

https://www.facebook.com/woodlawncrossing/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf
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« Reply #1027 on: October 17, 2016, 10:33:44 AM »

You often hear stories of communities against Walmart being built. Here's a group in favor of Walmart building a Supercenter in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

https://www.facebook.com/woodlawncrossing/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED&fref=nf

Makes sense they'd have to move it, since the current Walmart is in a plaza with the first re-done Market 32 in MA.
Also one of the few smaller "regular" Walmart stores left around.
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« Reply #1028 on: December 02, 2016, 05:20:34 PM »

Despite the failure of Express, Walmart hasn't entirely given up on smaller formats.
http://www.denverpost.com/2016/12/01/walmart-opening-pickup-with-fuel-thornton/
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« Reply #1029 on: January 02, 2017, 06:20:30 PM »

The Wal*Mart store in Round Lake Beach, Illinois

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2009:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jonrev/3993873481/

The store has since relocated to a "Supercenter", leaving this store vacant. The store has since been demolished for a Meijer.
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« Reply #1030 on: January 11, 2017, 01:53:46 PM »

Walmart is slashing 1000 corporate jobs from it's HQ in Bentonville, AR

https://www.thestreet.com/story/13950541/1/walmart-eliminating-1-000-jobs-blames-rising-wages.html?puc=_htmlmdb_pla12&cm_ven=EMAIL_htmlmdb&tstmem=60918040&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MDB&utm_term=Walmart+Eliminates+1%2C000+Jobs%2C+
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« Reply #1031 on: January 31, 2017, 11:32:41 PM »

Instead, it will offer free two-day shipping with a $35 minimum purchase
http://www.retaildive.com/news/wal-mart-scraps-prime-like-shippingpass-membership/435121/
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« Reply #1032 on: February 17, 2017, 04:17:08 PM »

Trying again with a small format
http://www.dallasnews.com/business/retail/2017/02/16/wal-mart-debuts-convenience-store-small-town-texas
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« Reply #1033 on: February 21, 2017, 12:47:44 PM »

Amazon blinks - but will Walmart take an e-commerce hit?
http://www.retaildive.com/news/amazon-lowers-free-two-day-shipping-minimum-for-non-prime-members/436550/
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« Reply #1034 on: February 21, 2017, 02:13:52 PM »

I just got free two-day shipping from Walmart on a vacuum cleaner.
That was NOT a small box.   Almost too good to be true.
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« Reply #1035 on: February 26, 2017, 07:07:13 PM »

I hope Walmart merges with fellow Arkansas-based retailer Dillard's in the future.
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« Reply #1036 on: February 27, 2017, 02:28:08 AM »

I hope Walmart merges with fellow Arkansas-based retailer Dillard's in the future.
Walmart is a discount retailer; Dillard's is too far out of their core competency. And besides, the last thing Walmart is interested in is more bricks-and-mortar; they are only buying online businesses these days. Sycamore Partners would be a more likely suitor, though there's (I assume) quite a bit of overlap with Belk. Another possibility is HBC, especially if the Macy's pursuit doesn't work out. There were rumors of a HBC buyout of Dillard's back in 2014. Dillard's is struggling with weak comps at the moment, though that's hardly unique in the department store space.
http://finance.yahoo.com/news/dillards-dds-misses-q4-earnings-135901608.html
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« Reply #1037 on: February 28, 2017, 09:54:45 AM »

I hope Walmart merges with fellow Arkansas-based retailer Dillard's in the future.

Sorry bro. That's the stupidest idea I've heard since I heard KMART and Sears were getting married 12 years ago. Albeit it's a stupid idea for a different reason.
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« Reply #1038 on: February 28, 2017, 02:17:20 PM »

The thought of those "Walmart People" showing up at a Dillards is quite
amusing though.
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« Reply #1039 on: April 18, 2017, 01:59:15 PM »

Walmart has canceled their plans to build a Supercenter on Spence Street in Manchester, CT. The property was once home to a KMART. The Buckland Hills Store remains open.

http://www.courant.com/community/manchester/hc-manchester-no-walmart-0419-20170418-story.html
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« Reply #1040 on: April 21, 2017, 09:55:33 AM »

http://www.retaildive.com/news/wal-mart-ignites-grocery-price-war-as-competition-intensifies/440979
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« Reply #1041 on: April 27, 2017, 08:13:43 PM »

Walmart has canceled their plans to build a Supercenter on Spence Street in Manchester, CT. The property was once home to a KMART. The Buckland Hills Store remains open.

http://www.courant.com/community/manchester/hc-manchester-no-walmart-0419-20170418-story.html
While it's smart of WalMart not to over saturate a market, their traditional store across town is the busiest WalMart in the state, even out pacing their Suoercenter counterparts.
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« Reply #1042 on: April 29, 2017, 01:38:47 PM »

The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Bristol, CT cut their hours again. Last year they ceased being open 24/7 and changed their hours to 6AM-12AM. Now their hours are 6AM-10PM.

They changed their hours back to 6AM-Midight. I think they also change some things around since I was last there in October 2016.
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« Reply #1043 on: May 10, 2017, 10:58:32 AM »

Like the former Shaw's on West Main Street the former Walmart (formerly Caldor) on Farmington Avenue in New Britain is likely to become a self-storage facility.

http://www.newbritainherald.com/NBH-General+News/282473/longvacant-walmart-may-become-selfstorage-facility
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« Reply #1044 on: May 15, 2017, 07:42:37 PM »

The Walmart Neighborhood Market in Bristol, CT cut their hours again. Last year they ceased being open 24/7 and changed their hours to 6AM-12AM. Now their hours are 6AM-10PM.

They changed their hours back to 6AM-Midight. I think they also change some things around since I was last there in October 2016.

Well s h i t. The Bristol, CT Walmart Neighborhood Market is closing on June 9th. That concept failed in Connecticut. Both locations have now closed. It was never busy. I guess people in CT couldn't grasp the concept of a Walmart that just sells groceries and a little bit of General Merchandise.

http://www.wfsb.com/story/35431279/walmart-neighborhood-market-in-bristol-to-close-its-doors
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« Reply #1045 on: May 16, 2017, 10:43:57 AM »

Well s h i t. The Bristol, CT Walmart Neighborhood Market is closing on June 9th. That concept failed in Connecticut. Both locations have now closed. It was never busy. I guess people in CT couldn't grasp the concept of a Walmart that just sells groceries and a little bit of General Merchandise.

http://www.wfsb.com/story/35431279/walmart-neighborhood-market-in-bristol-to-close-its-doors

Same for the one (and only) location in upstate NY, in Niskayuna (in a newer plaza built across from the former Mohawk Mall site, for those who know the area).

As was pointed out on local sites, all three of the supermarket chains in the greater Albany area have locations fairly close by to this store (one being in the plaza across the street on the old mall site), plus a Target with the PFresh in that plaza across the street as well may have had something to do with it never taking off.
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« Reply #1046 on: May 16, 2017, 12:08:12 PM »

I'm sure it didn't help in Bristol that Price Chopper is right next door in the neighboring (but separately owned) Bristol Commons Plaza. Price Chopper bullied their way into that former KMART (formerly Caldor and WT Grant) when Shaw's still occupied the spot where the Neighborhood Market is located. - PC threatened to sue the city of Bristol if they weren't allowed to open in the former KMART. (It should be mentioned in another nearby city they actually have an ordinance that prohibits 2 grocery stores from locating next one another).

Until June 9th Along the stretch of Route 6 that goes from Price Chopper to The Farmington Town-line there is Price Chopper, Walmart Neigborhood Market, Stop & Shop, Shoprite, and a regular Walmart. (It's a 2.3 mile stretch). Plus there is another Stop & Shop on the other side of Bristol on the Bristol/Plainville line. And there is an Aldi at the corner of Mountain Road and Route 229.
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« Reply #1047 on: May 17, 2017, 06:35:28 AM »

I'm sure it didn't help in Bristol that Price Chopper is right next door in the neighboring (but separately owned) Bristol Commons Plaza. Price Chopper bullied their way into that former KMART (formerly Caldor and WT Grant) when Shaw's still occupied the spot where the Neighborhood Market is located. - PC threatened to sue the city of Bristol if they weren't allowed to open in the former KMART. (It should be mentioned in another nearby city they actually have an ordinance that prohibits 2 grocery stores from locating next one another).

Until June 9th Along the stretch of Route 6 that goes from Price Chopper to The Farmington Town-line there is Price Chopper, Walmart Neigborhood Market, Stop & Shop, Shoprite, and a regular Walmart. (It's a 2.3 mile stretch). Plus there is another Stop & Shop on the other side of Bristol on the Bristol/Plainville line. And there is an Aldi at the corner of Mountain Road and Route 229.


Isn't it odd that a Neighborhood Market and a regular Walmart would be so close to each other?? No wonder the neighborhood market concept failed in Bristol
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« Reply #1048 on: May 17, 2017, 09:38:48 AM »

Until June 9th Along the stretch of Route 6 that goes from Price Chopper to The Farmington Town-line there is Price Chopper, Walmart Neigborhood Market, Stop & Shop, Shoprite, and a regular Walmart. (It's a 2.3 mile stretch). Plus there is another Stop & Shop on the other side of Bristol on the Bristol/Plainville line. And there is an Aldi at the corner of Mountain Road and Route 229.

Isn't it odd that a Neighborhood Market and a regular Walmart would be so close to each other?? No wonder the neighborhood market concept failed in Bristol

Might depend what is meant by "regular" Walmart.  If it's one that has never been expanded to a superstore size (we found one of those out in Western NY, a small plaza with that and a Tops supermarket) maybe they were trying to offset that by having the grocery side in a separate location but nearby?
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« Reply #1049 on: May 17, 2017, 09:58:21 AM »

They put the Neighborhood Market in Bristol because they weren't allowed by the city of Bristol to build an addition onto their 122,000 Square Foot Store. That was Walmart's Plan B.
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