While I am not in the chiganistan area, I grew up there and keep in touch with my friends. There is actually a backlash according to my (sorta 20 person) sample over the issues getting into several of the Marianos stores. I.E. no parking/hard to get into/etc that is what we want. When asking further, these are not the redone dominicks stores. People giving up an going elsewhere.
At least they have checkouts, not like any of the stores above the "cheddar curtain". My better-two-thirds heard the "faster checkout" ad and used words that I haven't heard in ages from her. Nothing polite.
From the Racine paper:
Lauren Sollman, 17, who also was outside just before the fight reportedly occurred, said there are fights that happen all the time around the school, but they are usually stopped before anything major happens. There are not usually shots fired, she said.
Yep - called Metro Markets which are better, but better in the "Wisconsin" version of things. The RNDY stores (even the refitted ones) would be too much like the underperforming Dominicks refits.
Some of the newer PNS stores might make it, but this is WI, not Chiganistan (sorry, had to make that reference). PNS in any form is going to be gone in WI. I am hoping that local folks that provide SERVICE (as opposed to PNS) like sendiks, Fox Brother's Pigs, etc are negotiating right now for the better locations. Many of the PNS locations are perfect for save-on franchises. There have been lots of dire predictions of incoming chains. Yes. but lower end chain bottom feeders stand a chance with many of the PNS locations.
Marino's is still being helped by funds being diverted from WI. They cannot keep the lower prices with the higher labor and rental rates IMHO. DJL had a great post on this several years ago. The best bet is to grab what cash can be had from sales of WI property, selling off the warehouse and contracting/setting up a new one closer to the new core market, dropping couple of the lower performing Dominicks refits, going bankrupt to re-negotiate leases, get protection, etc.
Ad is claiming "Fast and Friendly" service by making the cashiers memorize lookup codes. If they only had decent staffing at the stores in the past, that would have not have required an ad campaign stating "fast". Heck I would settle for less than ten deep during the evening rush.
My favorite memory of going to a Metro Market opening was that all of the lines were open - I asked the clerk about it. She said "We are temporary here for a couple of weeks. Then back to the same cr*ppy service". At this Metro, severe cut backs, lost decent managers/dept. heads, ut it is still easier to check out than a run of the mill PNS.
I thought that the Mooreland Pic was supposed to be gone by this time? BTW for a not awful quality, the former (Burger king?) that turned into a chinese buffet just blocks away is where I meet folks when on that part of town.
Nuts at the drive through. I parked just outside of their internal parking and was out in 5 minutes with the take out order. This is the capitol drive one. I would suggest doing the same. Try the "hot sauce". Texas Pete. A very mild hot sauce and unavailable in this area until Walmart started carrying it. (and church's chicken) Best stuff ever.Co- workers in the carolinas refused to let me know when visiting because I would beg for cases of the stuff.
I don't get it, but when the wife is sick she "needs" one of their sandwiches. Very salty, the grilled version is just as salty. But whatever, she grew up knowing Claudia Sanders and still likes that franchised #$%$.
I will say that while being out your way this morning I saw very little in the Walmart Neighborhood store, but saw Woodman's overflowing. Didn't bother to check PNS as the better two thirds wanted me to swing through Chick-fil-a for her. The capitol PNS did look busy, but so did that Walmart neighborhood market.
Of course he really did want to return to Chicago, he lost a fight that he had a chance of sorta winning. He left us so open due to his ego that this company just has to go under. If customer service/checkouts/ease of shopping, not standing in line for 30 minutes, ad not been his goal, we could have still had a decent chance of remaining a factor in Wisconsin.
Um, you missed the point of my post. He stripped service from the stores. Cut back checkers. cut back anyone being at the service desk by 4 hours per day. Cut back the checkouts. cut back the poor people trying to stock. This was happeninghbefore he pushed for Arlington Heights.
Boob did a very bad job promoting PNS in WI. Had we had a non-egotist at what was available we could have made a run at a decent level of service rather than cutting back, destroying loyal customers, providing checkout lines rather than only having one or two open during the rush hour, His stance started our downfall and people moving in. Perfect example - I was at a used book fair today and the woman in the check out in front of me started to see her books put into a "chairman boob" bag and asked for a different bag because she would be too embarrassed to be seen with one as she shops now at Sendiks for "service".
Actually, if he can pull that place together, and put it up for sale for a decent price, he is brilliant.
Funny one - today picked up my kid from HS and asked if he wanted some fast food sushi since I had a phone call I needed to be home for. He asked if that meant PNS at one of the "remodeled" stores, I replied "Yes" and he said no thanks - lower quality and too expensive. Could we go to Woodman's? #$%$? BTW - he considers Trader Joe's prepackaged sushi the worst.
Updated from an older article. Even Jewel beat us.
DJL - If I remember correctly you had an excellent post when Mariono's first started up about the higher costs of labor/rents/etc. being unsustainable at their current price levels. That "something" was going to break eventually, either cut backs in staffing, much higher prices, etc.
When I push the point, things are found "in back". Of corse, it takes time. Let's be serious - lack of adequate staffing is the real issue. As it has been for several years.
I have my buy at $1.90, but do not expect to see it. I sold most everything, just staying in at a low level for the yucks. By the time $1.xx hits, the equity stakes are so low that the "dime on the dollar" folks can pick up the whole thing.
I grew up on Jay's chips and potato sticks. I got a "high five" at Woodman's refusing my kid their potato sticks due to the new (well, not the old tasty formula), as well as saying "these are the (bad word) that destroyed PNS". Several people needed explanations over the investment group, but they were not buying Jays after what happened to PNS.