K-Mart vs Wal Mart vs Target vs Sears vs whatever your local highmarket department store is.

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anthony, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I use the co-op.

Tom, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

One time I went to this Target in Cary, North Carolina, and everybody there was stylishly dressed and gorgeous. It was like a night out on the town, except there was dinnerware.

Super Wal-Marts are everywhere and open all the time. I can't stand these grocery stores that close at 10:30 in the evening.

Cryosmurf, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I went to Target once in Athens, Georgia I bought boxer shorts with Targets all over them, the friend I was with bought a beany hat with Targets all over it, and I fell in love with a SuperDad t-shirt in a Superman styley that they didn't have in my size. Alas. I miss that shop so, but Athens is a long way away...

Martin, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I bought some very comfy pants (in a trunk style) in a target in Perth, very cheap too, ogh yeah, and some lovely hard wearing socks.

I like TK maxx too but it takes ages to search out the gold in amongst the dreck.

cabbage, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

i went to the target in athens, ga and found it to pretty lacking in the 'cool stuff' dept, although there was this teen girl poetry book with all these bright orange-and-pink proclamations on the cover like 'freestyle!' and 'slam poetry!' and 'jewel!' and 'saul williams!' that i found sorta funny. the natural order of those mentioned are:

target > wal-mart > k-mart > sears

and i know someone is going to complain about target being the most pretentious and having those hideous pieces of 'designer' appliances, but that adds to the charm, i think. plus they have a bunch of nice cheap button-up shirts that look like the 80s graphpaper ones, and you can buy reservoir dogs for $6.44.

ethan, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

All such American shops sound glamorous round here. This is something that I don't think Yanks quite realize. One day I will get round to starting that long-delayed thread on 'The Glamour of the Distant States' or whatever.

the pinefox, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I don't think there's anything remotely glamourous sounding about 'K-Mart' and 'Wal-Mart'. I think they sound rubbish.

Nick, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

the pinefox just wants a pair of boxers with targets on them, methinks.

ethan, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

There really aren't any Walmarts or Targets in NYC. There's two KMarts but they suck goats, particularly the 34th St one. Why do tourists go to KMart?! Is there not a KMart in their midwestern town? I don't get it. It's a shame cos I love buying that Martha Stewart crap.

Ally, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I have a Target beach ball, it came free with an online order, and a $5. t-shirt with a glittery Target penguin. I went to a Target in central Jersey after seeing all the clever ads and was disappointed, it was dirty and had empty shelves. The one near me in Edgewater is great, though-low prices, empty after work on weekdays so I get in and out quickly. I've never ever been in a Walmart, there's none around here. Hasn't every British person been in a Marks+Spencer? I read a long time ago it was close to that.

Lesley Higgins, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I hate Wal-mart cos of their introduction of greeters in Asda. In the Asda across the road from me this translates as getting the least sane member of staff to come and harass me whilst I'm trying to find an edible sandwich in the stand by the entrance. It's annoying enough riffling through their poor selection of butties without having some goon babble in my ear while I'm doing it.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Target (or Targée Boutique as we called it in HS) is poshest cos owned by Dayton Hudson. Anyone in or from Mpls. can tell you about the snooty factor of Dayton's. I hate all of them but must confess the stuff they sell is of much better quality than when I was in school and was like, noooo! Don't make me go there!

suzy, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Do Wal-Mart own Asda (UK pile it high type place). Asda is shite, as confirmed by my friend who works there.

But forget Asda, worship at the shrine of Lidl!

Bill

Bill, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Suzy is dead on, only I liked Target because of the Dayton's factor. I'm all about supporting the MN businesses.

Wal-Mart is clearly a product of Satan's anus.

Dan Perry, Wednesday, 8 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Wal-Mart is evil (or rubbish). The company's headquarters are in the same city as my college so I get to see all the zombie-eyed employees. They have pep-rallies at their meetings. Creepy.

Lindsey B, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Woolworths! oh, and in my town there is a store called Daniels, it is straight outta the 1950's, it has a pram dept, an old ladies dress dept, a button dept, a music book dept, a toy dept and a furniture dept, I think it has a cafe too. It's like going into another world!

jel, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Woolworths is gone now but that store sounds so wonderful.

anthony, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I have just heard that they're opening a super-huge Target in Queens. Friend who told me about it said that his pal is having an ironic 'Target's opening' party. Since she works for Universal the Target office got wind of it and has offered her sponsorship of said event.

suzy, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

My local Tesco is open 24 hours, except on Saturdays and Sundays. Therefore Tesco wins.

DG, Saturday, 11 August 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
K-Mart by Georgia Tech in Atlanta is terrible. Unfortunately, it is the only discount superstore that is close. It is always understocked, dirty, and there is never any helpful employees.

By the way, what is this post for?

Matt Camp, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

The only department stores that we have here in the downtown are the high end, beautiful and spacious flagship locations for Eaton's and The Bay (Hudson's Bay Company). So *somehow* I still get by without a Walmart.

Kim, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

georgia owns this thread.

ethan, Monday, 12 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
I live in Athens, GA and the Target is pretty cool. You can get some awesome deals there if you watch. Wal-Mart sucks. K-Mart's ok but always understocked and nothings priced. I hear they are going to build a new Target Superstore though.

Brian, Wednesday, 12 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

K-Mart is lovely because it's like some kind of revelation whenever I go in there. "Hey, I remember this place! It's just like Wal-mart!" Wal-mart is awful because it become the entire center of...um...everything. Target is awful because the closing is overpriced. Sears is just dull.

Maria, Wednesday, 12 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

they're going to build a target superstore here?

ethan, Wednesday, 12 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Damn you, Budgens, for taking over our local supermarket, as run very well by the same family for decades, and making it rubbish.

Damn you, local corner shop which isn't a Spar any more but I can't remember what it is, for overpricing everything that doesn't have a price printed on the packaging.

I don't know about actually taking sides properly, but Tesco Value choc chip cookies are so so soooo much nicer than Sainsbury's Economy ones, which are not cookies but particularly foul biscuits with vile black flecks in.

Rebecca, Wednesday, 12 December 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
We have a target store in Valdasta Ga. and i went there one time they do not have it

Robert A Billings, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

K-Mart rules all. It may be dirty with a shitty selection and rude employees, but at least it knows its station. No endlessly irritating ad campaigns, no-one drooling all over me as I walk in the store and most importantly I don't think I'm funding any right-wing fundamentalist lunatics a la Sam Walton.

adam, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

yet another good reason to go to athens, gareth.

ethan, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Coincidentaly, K-Mart filed for chapter 11 today. Ah well.

Andrew Williams, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Fuck K-Mart going bankrupt -- I am counting down the days to the death of Tower. Translation = CLEARANCE SALE OF GOD. I hope.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

*sniff* goodbye k-mart. i loved you muchly.

Maria, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

K-Mart is the coolest sounding name by a long shot. They had that fabulous, retro-futuristic, turquise and red logo going for them until they had to go and "update" it. Surely that was their downfall. And of course, only K-Mart boasted a Blue Light Special. Try finding that at a Woolco.

Curt, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Drop me off at Big K-Mart
I'm gonna get myself one of those
Martha Stewart blankets!

Cause I've got company comin in
from outer space
And I want them to be comfy
in my pla-y-ay-ay-ay-ayce!

- Slut 'Em Go!, "Big K", The Lauren Fritz Album

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 22 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Hey why do ya'll down on Wal-Mart? It really ain't that bad!!!

Lynn Johnston, Thursday, 24 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

1. WalMart owns Asda. WalMart are a global supermarket chain, based in America. They bought Asda in 1997, for £6.7billion, and want to be the "leading retailer" in Britatin. They made £5billion in profits last year alone. 2. Asda/WalMart destroy local communities. Within 10 years of WalMart opening stores in Iowa (the US state), 7,326 independent retailers went bankrupt. 3. Jobs will be lost. For every 2 jobs a store creates 3 are lost. UK industry studies show that 276 local jobs disappear when a new so called "superstore" opens. 4. Asda/WalMart want flexible, low paid workers. Staff earn £5 per hour, while the UK Chief gets £235. Shop floor staff in Leyton can't work more than a thirty hour week and are not allowed trade union rights. 5. "One of the worst sweat shop abusers in the world". The National Labour Committee found that WalMart's clothes are made by people doing 12 hour shifts for less than 10p an hour. Slave and child labour in China, Bangladesh, Guatemala and Haiti helps keep prices low. 6. WalMart are guilty of Civil Fraud, selling counterfiet goods, falsifying information, lying in court and discriminating against people who are black, disabled, religious and women. Despite this Tony Blair welcomed them to Britain! 7. Asda/WalMart dictate prices. They cut prices to make competitors go bust. Once local shops have closed down they set what ever price they want and you won't have a choice of products. 8. Asda/WalMart are bad for the environment. Most people did not want the M11 link road. It means more cars, more pollution and it meant kicking lots of people out of their homes. Asda invested £1million in the road, before they got planning permission for their new store.

Alexander, Tuesday, 5 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
go k mart .... go wallmart goooooooooooooooooooooo!!!! i love both sniff* i am goin to uiss it

george, Friday, 12 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

If I were a shopping centre I'd sure be embarressed
I'd never get a date with a fancy building - like in Paris.

Pete, Friday, 12 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I like JC Penney's.

Ally, Friday, 12 April 2002 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

two months pass...
i work for Wal*mart therefore i will support it, my opinion is this

Target is cleaner K mart is Meaner Walmart sells more Weiner

this is why we win

by the way how does ames stay in business wit an average of 5 customers an hour

Michael D, Tuesday, 18 June 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

haha that saying r00lz!!

uh i dunno, you know, that ames thing always confused me too

geeta, Tuesday, 18 June 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

This is a shocking revelation as to the business practices of Wal- Mart. Who knew there was that much profit to be had in man-hoes?

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 18 June 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
Ever wonder how Walmart has double digit sales increases, and the rest of the bunch, (JC Penney, Sears, Kmart, Target, etc., have single digit? Should we question how they "Cook their Books"!?

Laura, Wednesday, 10 July 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I miss the Eaton's, its slowly changing to a Sears and its just crap down at the Eaton's Center. Now the Bay, least that sucker is still marching on. As for Walmart, I wont go anywhere that automaticaly thinks Im stealing with those damm little stickers on my bag. I survive quite well on the Bay or whats left of Eaton's if I need department store stuff.

Mr Noodles, Wednesday, 10 July 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
I dont know, Ive worked for department stores for 10 years. Then went to K-Mart. Ive been transfered around with K-mart for 12 years. Im in my 11th store, hopefully to stay there. Im in the Daytona Beach store, an exciting store to work in, what with Nascar, spring break, and all the other activities that surrounded in this community. Our store has great employees that ARE Friendly and helpful.SO whats wrong with the K these days. Here it is in a nut shell,,,,,,,, We are on our 3rd CEO in 5 years,,,,, two of whom have left with Big, Big bonus's. One is even being investigated by the FBI. They have become so money hungry they cut operations cost,aka, no employee's on the floor, but the workload has not changed.The employee's benefits have been cut greatly, to pay the salairies of these big bosses up in Troy. The merchandise is there now, after venders have started shipping again, thats why there have been empty shelves you guys.Martha has been a great help, but not lately.We are launching Joe Boxer, exclusive to us. I dont fault the stores for the condition of the company, i fault the past excutives we've had running the company into the ground. And by the way, the last bunch of top brass we had all came from Wal-mart!!!! So in conclusion,, PLEASE shop us, we are trying at store level, and if you have a bad shop with us, TELL the STORE manager!!! We can get these bad employees out, just like any bad employee at Wal-mart or any other retail Store.After all, we all hire people from within the community, there are some bad apples in any town. So, thanks for shopping with us at K-mart in the past, just give us time and you'll see a change soon.We can only get better if we hear from you in person, and not on some message boards like this. After all, there are good people out there in the retail industry, K-mart, Wal-mart, ect.... We want to make a living just like you.

Russ, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Marin County in California has no Target, no Walmart no nothing - complete nightmare. I only came to this website looking for a Target nearby (as they are better than Walmart). But while we're arguing the best store is Tesco Express they are open 24hrs a day even on Christmas Day! Second is Super Target.

Marie Fox, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

For god's sake count your blessings; you live in Marin County! Take the bridge to Richmond if you want to find a fucking Target.

Kris, Friday, 2 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Target and Sears rule, K-mart is mediocre, and Wal-Mart sucks!

Dave Maldonado, Monday, 5 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Water sucks, gatorade is better, Target too!

Bob Benton, Tuesday, 13 August 2002 00:00 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Target in AU must be an entirely different company. Its not fancy in the slightest, and has no chance of going out of business any time soon. I dont mind it's clothes tbh, if I can get past the whole "this was made in a sweatshop in bangladesh for 10 cents" guilt.

― I checked Snoops , and it is for real (Trayce), Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:31 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

(I just googled it - it is a diff company. Started the same year!)

― I checked Snoops , and it is for real (Trayce), Thursday, January 15, 2015 9:38 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

I have been to the Target at Rundle Mall in Adelaide. That's my Australia story.

Οὖτις Δαυ & τηε Κνιγητσ (Phil D.), Friday, 16 January 2015 18:54 (four years ago) Permalink

Our local Target that closed, leaving a big ugly empty box, actually had the problem of RUNNING OUT OF STUFF. Especially stuff for kids - clothes, toys, furniture...then people would come in, see the empty shelves, and drive somewhere else. Also empty shelves are UGLY and make people feel that they are shopping in a low-quality place. Every move they made screamed "ghetto" - no wonder their store shut.

So you have to close because you didn't re-stock enough?? I'm guessing they could have stayed open if they had a better sense of demographics.

SCOTTISH PEOPLE ONLY (I M Losted), Friday, 16 January 2015 19:01 (four years ago) Permalink

It's very NYC that we have multiple Targets but it would be absolutely unconscionable for there to be a Wal-Mart.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Friday, 16 January 2015 19:27 (four years ago) Permalink

This is what a Target in Australia looks like:

http://i.imgur.com/hnWsuh0.jpg

and Woolworth's is a grocery store, so I don't know what's going on there.

pplains, Friday, 16 January 2015 21:11 (four years ago) Permalink

Looks like the only difference between Australian Target and North American Target is uppercase letters.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 16 January 2015 21:29 (four years ago) Permalink

Well, among other things.

http://i.imgur.com/Zq5PqTR.jpg

pplains, Friday, 16 January 2015 21:36 (four years ago) Permalink

I think NA Target has a few smaller mall/downtown locations—but not too many.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 16 January 2015 21:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Both the NYC targets I know are mall targets, albeit multi-floor and fairly large.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Friday, 16 January 2015 21:47 (four years ago) Permalink

We used to go more before we started just buying everything online. They're good for certain things, like cheap houseware and cheap articles of clothing where you don't care a ton about the quality (like a pack of tees or some swim trunks)

walid foster dulles (man alive), Friday, 16 January 2015 21:47 (four years ago) Permalink

There are bigbox Targets in AU if you go out into the burbs. Prob not *as* big, though.

I checked Snoops , and it is for real (Trayce), Saturday, 17 January 2015 02:03 (four years ago) Permalink

And we have KMart here and apparently *that* has nothing to do with the US one either. In fact the only thing that does afaik is Costco.

I checked Snoops , and it is for real (Trayce), Saturday, 17 January 2015 02:06 (four years ago) Permalink

(I'm not counting more global things like Ikea, Aldi, etc)

I checked Snoops , and it is for real (Trayce), Saturday, 17 January 2015 02:06 (four years ago) Permalink

What is an Aldi? We have one right in the plaza with our Costco, but I've never gone in, because it just seems like "what would I go there for when there is a Costco?

walid foster dulles (man alive), Saturday, 17 January 2015 02:29 (four years ago) Permalink

If someone told me I could go to Kmart right now and pick up some sherm and an alarm clock, I'd have more reason to believe them than not.

pplains, Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:37 (four years ago) Permalink

aldi is cheap groceries, right?

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:41 (four years ago) Permalink

http://i.imgur.com/N5L3eUR.png

pplains, Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Aldi is a euro grocery store chain that has branched out abroad. Their main characteristic is that they keep prices down by just setting the product out on the floor in the shipping boxes they came in and making you bag your own purchases instead of hiring any more staff than necessary.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:43 (four years ago) Permalink

I never do my main grocery shopping there, because their selection is...limited...but I do drop in for bread and milk and other staple things sometimes due to it all being crazy inexpensive.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:44 (four years ago) Permalink

Also, they own Trader Joe's.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Google Street View still so beautiful.

http://i.imgur.com/VmPxah7.jpg

pplains, Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:50 (four years ago) Permalink

Wiki says that, as of October 2014, there were still 1,077 Kmarts open in the US. Where the heck are they?!

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:52 (four years ago) Permalink

in the parts of town you dont go to

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 17 January 2015 03:59 (four years ago) Permalink

The very few of them left around the Atlanta metro (and other southern cities I've previously lived in) are scattered way out in the most rural of 'burbs.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:02 (four years ago) Permalink

kinda what i meant, it just came out wrong

difficult-difficult lemon-difficult (VegemiteGrrl), Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:23 (four years ago) Permalink

There used to be a Kmart in Manhattan it was weird

walid foster dulles (man alive), Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:23 (four years ago) Permalink

I've been to one in queens. It basically just a crappier version of the others, like it has neither the style of target not the low prices and huge selection of Walmart.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:28 (four years ago) Permalink

There's still one south of here in Columbus, but I don't know how it stays open. The Tupelo location bailed out years ago.

the magnetic pope has sparked (WilliamC), Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:31 (four years ago) Permalink

i was stunned the other day to find the one in kona still living.

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 17 January 2015 04:45 (four years ago) Permalink

There used to be a Kmart in Manhattan it was weird

― walid foster dulles (man alive), Friday, January 16, 2015 11:23 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark

Did the one at Astor place close

, Saturday, 17 January 2015 05:04 (four years ago) Permalink

i remember when that target at atlantic center in brooklyn first opened i went there ironically because lol target in downtown brooklyn. but then i kept going back because there was actually some stuff there that i needed at decent prices.

(i can't break my target habit. i know they're driving mom & pops out of business and their labor policies are terrible but mmmm cheap chinese yoga pants.)

mitt fleekwood (get bent), Saturday, 17 January 2015 07:01 (four years ago) Permalink

Target is the easiest place for me to stop and grab things after work because it's literally one block over (I can see it from my desk all day).

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 17 January 2015 07:03 (four years ago) Permalink

Got a Target across a 4-lane road from my apt (for however much longer)

Should probably grab a new TV there soon, my 16yo Sanyo won't last much longer.

Sir Lord Baltimora (Myonga Vön Bontee), Saturday, 17 January 2015 07:39 (four years ago) Permalink

Xp oh I guess that Astor place one is still open after all. For some reason thought it was closed. Rarely go to that area anymore.

walid foster dulles (man alive), Saturday, 17 January 2015 13:07 (four years ago) Permalink

there's also one at penn station

iatee, Saturday, 17 January 2015 13:14 (four years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The liquidation sale started this morning ("UP TO 30% OF EVERYTHING!). I went around 10am, about 2 hours after it opened, and it was the busiest I have ever seen it by FAR. Like, probably 2 twice the number of cars in the parking lot than the week before Christmas. Every checkout was open and there was a long, long line which I've never seen before.

franny glasshole (franny glass), Thursday, 5 February 2015 16:50 (four years ago) Permalink

Haha, weird.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 5 February 2015 16:52 (four years ago) Permalink

you know what they say, always be closing

goole, Thursday, 5 February 2015 16:54 (four years ago) Permalink

Kmart's going downhill, but do you all have the same proliferation of dollar stores popping up everywhere? I swear, I've seen half a dozen Dollar General stores open up in my town within the last year. And that's adding to the existing Dollar General stores, Family Dollars, Dollar Trees, etc. already all over the place.

It's nice to see these things get smaller, but they're still no alternative to local biz.

pplains, Thursday, 5 February 2015 17:01 (four years ago) Permalink

From the Family Dollar wiki:

As of August 2011 there were 7,000 stores in 44 states. According to their website, in 2005 Family Dollar opened 500 new stores, 350 more in 2006, and an additional 300 in 2007. According to the Company's 2013 Corporate Profile, in 2010 Family Dollar opened 200 new stores, 300 more in 2011, 475 in 2012, and an additional 500 in 2013.

Dollar General:

On January 3, 2011, Dollar General announced plans to add 625 new stores in the 35 states where the chain already has stores plus Connecticut, Nevada and New Hampshire, and to hire 6,000 employees. The company also planned to improve or move 550 existing stores.

Dollar Tree:

In 2010, the corporation opened its 4,000th chain store and acquired 86 Canadian Dollar Giant stores which are based in Vancouver, British Columbia. The stores are operated in British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta, and Saskatchewan. These are the first retail locations outside of the United States operated by Dollar Tree.

In 2011, Dollar Tree achieved total sales of $6.63 billion, opened 278 new stores, and completed a 400,000 square-foot expansion of its distribution center in Savannah, Georgia.

In 2012, Dollar Tree opened another 345 new stores and exceeded $7 billion in sales, with an end-of-the-year market cap at $9.13 billion.

In January 2015, Dollar Tree announced plans to divest 300 stores in order to appease US regulators scrutinizing its proposed takeover of Family Dollar stores.[6]

SOooooo much expansion going on. Been in one of these like once. I go into Five Below all the time, and those seem to be cropping up everywhere, but just checked and they're mostly mid-Atlantic regional.

how's life, Thursday, 5 February 2015 17:42 (four years ago) Permalink

Five Below is mostly toys, it should be noted. Last time I went into a Dollar Something it was like a low-grade CVS without the pharmacy.

how's life, Thursday, 5 February 2015 17:43 (four years ago) Permalink

I'll sometimes stop at Dollar General before moving on to the real grocery store. They do sell stuff cheap.

Though Sunny was a little perturbed when I bought some Coca-Cola 12-packs a couple of months ago that still had World Cup logos on it.

pplains, Thursday, 5 February 2015 18:45 (four years ago) Permalink

The "dollar store" used to be those places that sold wigs and weird make-up, lots of hair products. I used to get hair doo dads and scented oils at them, but a lot of people would not set foot in them. I'd say that in the past fifteen or so years they've shed their "reputation" - the stores are very clean and you can get cleaners and paper towels and dog food. I'd wager you could cook a decent meal from dollar store food if you tried.

SCOTTISH PEOPLE ONLY (I M Losted), Thursday, 5 February 2015 18:52 (four years ago) Permalink

Oh by the way, Staples and Office Depot are merging. Maybe some day there will be one giant store for everything - one brand. Today's shopping mall will become one giant store owned by one company.

SCOTTISH PEOPLE ONLY (I M Losted), Thursday, 5 February 2015 18:56 (four years ago) Permalink

I had thought it was Office Depot merging with Office Max, rather than Staples.

Aimless, Thursday, 5 February 2015 18:57 (four years ago) Permalink

As the guy who handles purchasing in my dept, the last two days have been a pain in the ass. Had tax exempt status "disappear" from the merger.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 5 February 2015 19:05 (four years ago) Permalink

Dollar Tree and Family Dollar are merging btw, Dollar General rebuffed

, Thursday, 5 February 2015 19:41 (four years ago) Permalink

I enjoyed this headline:

Family Dollar Stores Sticks With Dollar Tree, Refuses Dollar General's $9.1 Billion Offer

pplains, Thursday, 5 February 2015 19:49 (four years ago) Permalink

Imagine being paid with 9.1 billion items from a Dollar Tree

, Thursday, 5 February 2015 19:52 (four years ago) Permalink

I've seen one Five Below around here, but it's the first one I've ever seen and I had no idea what it was. Toys, huh?

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 5 February 2015 20:07 (four years ago) Permalink

Really cold toys.

Mouth-Watering Broiled Chops! (Old Lunch), Thursday, 5 February 2015 20:11 (four years ago) Permalink


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