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Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Gumbo
June 27, 2017 11:15AM

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So that means the stores in the VI are preparing to close I guess? Maybe the employees have been told not to answer questions about it. Either way I hate to see people lose jobs.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

sttanon
June 27, 2017 11:25AM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 250

Ive been trying to get ahold of someone that I know that works at Kmart STT to see but no luck.....

As much as I dislike Walmart because of the way they treat their labor force. I wouldn't mind seeing them come in, especially if they were to do super stores....

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

vicanuck
June 27, 2017 01:56PM

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I was at a few Walmarts on Puerto Rico a few weeks ago.

I could get to like them. Very nice.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

speee1dy
June 27, 2017 02:00PM

Registered: 9 years ago
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i know people that have/still work for walmart. they had/have always been treated will . get paid a good rate, advance if they choose and get great benefits.


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sttanon
Ive been trying to get ahold of someone that I know that works at Kmart STT to see but no luck.....

As much as I dislike Walmart because of the way they treat their labor force. I wouldn't mind seeing them come in, especially if they were to do super stores....

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Alana33
June 27, 2017 03:12PM

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Posts: 11,580

Do our illustrious senators or governor have anything to say on this subject?

Anyone have a link to any other VI news source besides DN that we can read since not on island and don't subscribe?

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Scubadoo
June 27, 2017 05:32PM

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Posts: 1,639

I posted previously I was told by our chamber of commerce to expect one of the STX stores to close sooner than later but it wasn't known which one at the time.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

sttanon
June 27, 2017 06:59PM

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Posts: 250

I finally got a chance to talk to a friend that works for Kmart STT. ..... yes the stores are liquidating inventory but because they need to make room for store inventories that are closing.... There is also still a chance that local stores will close but not at this time........

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Gumbo
June 27, 2017 07:28PM

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Posts: 456

I think the target population for a Walmart supercenter is 50,000, so both islands should be a good market for them. If they brought groceries with them, not sure what would happen. Most likely that would be stopped. GERS invested in the new grocery store by the airport.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

vicanuck
June 28, 2017 08:04AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,065

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Gumbo
I think the target population for a Walmart supercenter is 50,000, so both islands should be a good market for them. If they brought groceries with them, not sure what would happen. Most likely that would be stopped. GERS invested in the new grocery store by the airport.

How could the GVI or GERS stop a private enterprise from opening a store in the VI?

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

speee1dy
June 28, 2017 08:20AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,216

if walmart comes and if they have groceries at stateside prices or close, that wouldnt be terrible. but it would put a damper on other grocers especially in the beginning until the novelty wears off.

and if walmart comes, west would be best because there is plenty of room to expand

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Gumbo
June 28, 2017 10:09AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 456

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vicanuck
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Gumbo
I think the target population for a Walmart supercenter is 50,000, so both islands should be a good market for them. If they brought groceries with them, not sure what would happen. Most likely that would be stopped. GERS invested in the new grocery store by the airport.

How could the GVI or GERS stop a private enterprise from opening a store in the VI?

I hear ya, Wonder why UBER isnt here? It would be a good thing and the Government would get their share of taxes. Dont think they will ever put meters in those taxis do you?

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

vicanuck
June 28, 2017 10:30AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,065

Now that the VI has been fully mapped by Google, Uber will be here sooner or later.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

ernieandmaryjo
June 28, 2017 11:48AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 107

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vicanuck


How could the GVI or GERS stop a private enterprise from opening a store in the VI?

Legally, they can't, but: permits, business license, fire inspection; all controlled by GVI. Not that anything like that would ever happen here!

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

vicanuck
June 28, 2017 11:56AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,065

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ernieandmaryjo
Legally, they can't, but: permits, business license, fire inspection; all controlled by GVI. Not that anything like that would ever happen here!

So...if Kmart left, as they will eventually when they run out of inventory from other closed stores, why would the GVI want to forego all the revenue that having a Walmart(s) would generate?

It just doesn't make sense to me.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

ernieandmaryjo
June 28, 2017 12:27PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 107

Not saying it would happen, just that it's possible. GERS owns Carambola, and as far as I know they haven't resisted new hotels/resorts; I doubt anyone in government would actively sabotage Walmart or whoever.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart
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Exit Zero
June 28, 2017 01:02PM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 2,209

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Scubadoo
and Gimbels

I don't think Gimbels was ever here, at least on STT, but Woolworths was the big retailer here for a long time. lots of fun here pre-internet shopping!!

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Gumbo
June 28, 2017 08:06PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 456

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ernieandmaryjo
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vicanuck


How could the GVI or GERS stop a private enterprise from opening a store in the VI?

Legally, they can't, but: permits, business license, fire inspection; all controlled by GVI. Not that anything like that would ever happen here!

I dont think they would try to block Walmart,
However if Walmart tried to bring a supercenter with a full grocery store there could be political pressure to stop that part.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Jumbie
June 29, 2017 07:14AM

Registered: 8 years ago
Posts: 637

My info has it that K-Mart in Sunny Isle will be closing. K Mart West would be the only K-Mart.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

speee1dy
June 29, 2017 07:52AM

Registered: 9 years ago
Posts: 8,216

kmart west is best

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

vicanuck
June 29, 2017 08:08AM

Registered: 7 years ago
Posts: 2,065

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Jumbie
My info has it that K-Mart in Sunny Isle will be closing. K Mart West would be the only K-Mart.

Until it closes too.



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Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

LiquidFluoride
June 29, 2017 02:21PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,924

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Gumbo
So that means the stores in the VI are preparing to close I guess? Maybe the employees have been told not to answer questions about it. Either way I hate to see people lose jobs.

Had a few beers with a "Loss prevention specialist" for Kmart... he's just started a 6 month job here, he said no way are they closing, they are too profitable (not sure about sunny isle location).



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/29/2017 02:25PM by LiquidFluoride.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Alana33
June 29, 2017 04:03PM

Registered: 5 years ago
Posts: 11,580

VI Kmart stores are the most profitable.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Gumbo
June 29, 2017 06:02PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 456

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LiquidFluoride
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Gumbo
So that means the stores in the VI are preparing to close I guess? Maybe the employees have been told not to answer questions about it. Either way I hate to see people lose jobs.

Had a few beers with a "Loss prevention specialist" for Kmart... he's just started a 6 month job here, he said no way are they closing, they are too profitable (not sure about sunny isle location).

This may be why they are liquidating merchandise through the VI stores.
It will be good for us while it lasts.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

LiquidFluoride
June 30, 2017 10:31AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,924

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Gumbo
This may be why they are liquidating merchandise through the VI stores.
It will be good for us while it lasts.

They are doing that to get ready for the mass influx from the states Kmart closures.... all that inventory has to go somewhere, and at least here people are buying it.

Re: More Bad News for Sears/Kmart

Gumbo
June 30, 2017 04:21PM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 456

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LiquidFluoride
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Gumbo
This may be why they are liquidating merchandise through the VI stores.
It will be good for us while it lasts.

They are doing that to get ready for the mass influx from the states Kmart closures.... all that inventory has to go somewhere, and at least here people are buying it.

That is true, plus our prices are higher than in the states so a 40% off sale is good for us, plus they aren't giving it away.

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