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VintageJon

February 13, 2017, 01:53:52 pm #75 Last Edit: February 13, 2017, 01:58:40 pm by VintageJon
The whole Target launch up here was a complete Fiasco.  They lasted about a year. They grossly misunderstood what consumers here would want (we wanted an exact copy of the US stores, pricing included).   Instead, we were treated to half empty shelves and inflated prices. The parent company gave no time for the operation to become profitable.


Thousands lost jobs and most of the stores just stand empty now.  The retail landscape in Canada is very sparse compared to America as it is.  Walmart is pretty much the only department store we have now. We used to have Zellers, Woolworth/Woolco, Towers, Eaton's, Robinson's...etc.  Retail as we know it has had its day I'm afraid.     

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Quote from: irishmoxie on February 12, 2017, 07:42:23 pm
Enough with the boring politics talk. Speaking of the downfall of Kmart, this guy made one about Target in Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohXYR69UhxI


I hope he makes one about Sears when the time comes.


Tuxedo Mark is obsessed with K-Mart because he worked there in the past and didn't have a good experience I think.  So he tracks its performance as some kind of weird revenge.  Honestly, the healthy thing for him to do would be to stop dwelling on it entirely.  I don't know why people would pander to this kind of thing and feign interest, seems kind of fake to me.


JonInIowaCity

We still have a Kmart in town. More often than not, it's the box store that I shop at when I need to go to a box store. It's closer than Walmart and the lines flow faster. Every so often, news articles show up about new Kmarts that are closing down and I keep looking to see if our store is closing. So far, so good. But it's just a matter of time.

BettyReggie

We had Kmart but they changed their name to Super Kmart. I haven't been to a Kmart in years.

Mr.Lodge

We used to call Kmart 'Came apart'. I think the last time I went to one was just to use the restroom to make a 'deposit'.

irishmoxie

I have fond memories of Kmart as a child. It was a fun place to shop in and was well stocked back then. I remember buying the Sabrina novels there featuring Melissa Joan Hart on the cover. I would beg my mom to take me and my friend there at midnight during a sleepover. It was one of the few places open at that time (24 hours). Target had better stuff but was not open. We would cause general havoc: ride around on the motorized carts, bounce a giant bouncy ball from the toy department down all the aisles, hide dog bones in the meat case. I also remember cranking calling Kmart all the time to ask if Chloe was there. Chloe was just a random name I chose. I remember one time the person in the clothing department answered and they just happened to see a woman walk by in a flowered dress and I said "That's her!" And they actually went after her. People were more gullible back then.

steveinthecity

February 15, 2017, 12:21:39 am #81 Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 12:32:09 am by steveinthecity
If memory serves, for a time we used to go to Kmart on Wednesdays to take advantage of their discount dinner they offered.   I was there many a night.   My parents shopped the heck out of the place afterwards, so I presume it all worked out, moneywise.
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DeCarlo Rules

Quote from: steveinthecity on February 15, 2017, 12:21:39 am
If memory serves, for a time we used to go to Kmart on Wednesdays to take advantage of their discount dinner they offered.   I was there many a night.   My parents shopped the heck out of the place afterwards, so I presume it all worked out, moneywise.


Wow, a Kmart that's also a restaurant? I've never seen one. Around here they're just department stores (although I've recently been in a larger one that carries groceries, as well). I know of a couple of Walmarts around here that have Subway franchises inside the store, and one Target that has a mini-restaurant that serves fast food (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, etc.) but that's about it.

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Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on February 15, 2017, 05:01:25 am
Quote from: steveinthecity on February 15, 2017, 12:21:39 am
If memory serves, for a time we used to go to Kmart on Wednesdays to take advantage of their discount dinner they offered.   I was there many a night.   My parents shopped the heck out of the place afterwards, so I presume it all worked out, moneywise.


Wow, a Kmart that's also a restaurant? I've never seen one. Around here they're just department stores (although I've recently been in a larger one that carries groceries, as well). I know of a couple of Walmarts around here that have Subway franchises inside the store, and one Target that has a mini-restaurant that serves fast food (hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, etc.) but that's about it.



Yeah, I do recall that our old Kmarts had cafeterias:


https://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Vintage+Kmart+Cafeteria+Years&FORM=IDMHDL


I liked eating there as well when I was little. Woolworth's was the same, only that the store was smaller...

VintageJon

February 15, 2017, 08:50:01 am #84 Last Edit: February 15, 2017, 08:52:03 am by VintageJon
Woolworth's had a great lunch counter, as did Kresge's (we had Kresge (same company) and Kmart until the 90's) The one in downtown Hamilton was straight out of the 1950's.  They had great burgers and fries.....Jughead would have been in heaven.  25 years later when I drive by the old building I still get a little sad.

irishmoxie

Quote from: steveinthecity on February 15, 2017, 12:21:39 am
If memory serves, for a time we used to go to Kmart on Wednesdays to take advantage of their discount dinner they offered.   I was there many a night.   My parents shopped the heck out of the place afterwards, so I presume it all worked out, moneywise.



Totally had a grocery store like this in Ohio called Buehler's. We get the Friday night fish fry then pick out a video in their mini video rental store inside. I remember Giant Eagle having a video rental store too.

Cosmo

Well I hadn't thought about those cafeterias in stores for quite a while, but it was the norm in the sixties/early seventies. K-Mart usually had the as did my old employer Murphy Mart in Bethel Park PA. Even Sears had one at the anchor Sears at the mall. Usually pretty cheap and mostly decent food. Sort of good the way food in bowling alleys tend to be good. Often it was in a raised area a couple of feet off the store sales floor so you could gaze out at your next purchases as you grazed on the food.

steveinthecity

Quote from: Cosmo on February 15, 2017, 08:46:35 pm
Well I hadn't thought about those cafeterias in stores for quite a while, but it was the norm in the sixties/early seventies. K-Mart usually had the as did my old employer Murphy Mart in Bethel Park PA. Even Sears had one at the anchor Sears at the mall. Usually pretty cheap and mostly decent food. Sort of good the way food in bowling alleys tend to be good. Often it was in a raised area a couple of feet off the store sales floor so you could gaze out at your next purchases as you grazed on the food.
I was in the Harrisburg area, and can relate to what you're saying.  One of my favorite things to eat as a kid  was the fish sandwich and fries at the local bowling alley. 
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JonInIowaCity

At this point, most of our kitchen appliances, plus our washer/dryer set, were purchased at our local Sears.

Jabroniville

Quote from: VintageJon on February 13, 2017, 01:53:52 pm
The whole Target launch up here was a complete Fiasco.  They lasted about a year. They grossly misunderstood what consumers here would want (we wanted an exact copy of the US stores, pricing included).   Instead, we were treated to half empty shelves and inflated prices. The parent company gave no time for the operation to become profitable.


Thousands lost jobs and most of the stores just stand empty now.  The retail landscape in Canada is very sparse compared to America as it is.  Walmart is pretty much the only department store we have now. We used to have Zellers, Woolworth/Woolco, Towers, Eaton's, Robinson's...etc.  Retail as we know it has had its day I'm afraid.   
Yeah, it was an absolute disaster. I read a HUGE article on it once- a lot of boring business-speak, but it also mentioned that the empty shelves were due to a poor distribution system- employees didn't want to get in trouble, so they clicked everything to be at a minimum, and the automatic system wouldn't flag them for it. So ALL of the stores were empty.

They also foolishly over-shot their limits- opening up DOZENS of stores when they should have done flagship launches in major cities, or in one area. They opened up THREE FRIGGIN' STORES in Edmonton near-simultaneously. Of COURSE that was going to be a disaster! Nobody can go from "zero stores" to "a hundred stores" overnight and make it work. I don't care if they WERE in major shopping centers (West Edmonton Mall & Kingsway).


And yeah, malls are now sitting with gigantic Big Boxes empty. West Edmonton Mall has JUST NOW figured out what they're going to do with theirs, and it's been empty for two or three years now. Target lost billions on this nonsense.


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