Well Teal their Marianos Stores in Chicago, though there aren't even a dozen, are doing really well. They are slamming Dominicks hard on quality, price, service, selection, and store environment. Dominicks is the WORST operator in this market. They have the highest prices by far, even higher than Jewel. I was in a Marianos just tonight and was beyond words impressed. Remember, Bob Mariano was running Dominicks before Safeway bought that chain. These Marianos Stores are what Safeway could have had, had they kept Bob Mariano around... instead they have sterile, one sized fits all formula based stores that are lagging behind Kroger or other competitors in every market except California.
Store: They may be the best operators in the Chicago market, but the comment I replied to was about buying Roundy's stock. I seems to me that a stock in any sector that is down 40% from their 52 week high, and posting negative earnings is not a stock to buy. They may be great operators, but it seems that they can't turn a profit, that in itself is cause for worry when investing.
Oh yeah, I want a boatload of this loser. 40% off the 52 week high, negative earnings over a dollar and half per share. Where do I sign up? This has to be a terrific company to have negative earnings and still pay a dividend. I would count on the dividend lasting very long as you need to have positive earnings to pay for it.