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Prettydoll123
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I read the article today online... how long do you think it'll take? Lol. I had always heard the rumor mill when I was little, living on St. Thomas, that they would build a Walmart.

Burger King & Save-a-Lot

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2014 1:21 am
Jamison
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right after they open the taco bell.

I'm happy about the BK, I was really getting bored of only seeing KFC and McDonalds trash all over our roads.

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Posted : August 21, 2014 2:19 am
vicanuck
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The newspaper article in the Avis suggested they would be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

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Posted : August 21, 2014 11:56 am
speee1dy
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it will be interesting to see the prices at the save a lot store

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Posted : August 21, 2014 11:58 am
CruzanIron
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right after they open the taco bell.

I'm happy about the BK, I was really getting bored of only seeing KFC and McDonalds trash all over our roads.

And Wendy's

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Posted : August 21, 2014 12:15 pm
Prettydoll123
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it will be interesting to see the prices at the save a lot store

I wonder how much we'll really "save"... You think they'll give Plaza a run for their money?

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2014 3:54 pm
CruzanIron
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At the least we should have more choices.

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Posted : August 21, 2014 4:22 pm
Prettydoll123
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At the least we should have more choices.

Do you think they would use the same companies to get their food stateside as Plaza and Pueblo? I've seen someone on the board say that Pueblo and Plaza use the same wholesale distributors. Or since it's a large chain, do you think they'd have more options? I think they would probably be more expensive than Pueblo and Plaza for the most, but not like Food Center, Gourmet Galley, ect. expensive.

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2014 7:22 pm
CruzanIron
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In summary, no, they will not use the same wholesaler.

http://save-a-lot.com/own/about-save-a-lot/supplier-diversity-program

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Posted : August 21, 2014 7:30 pm
speee1dy
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i looked them up and looked at a sale paper. does not seem like a lot of "name brand" items.
if they price it right they will give plaza a run for their money

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Posted : August 21, 2014 9:12 pm
Prettydoll123
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Indeed. Do you think they'll run deals like the 10 for $10 in St. Croix? I know they're a large chain, but I hope they dont price super low and end up going out of business fast! Mainly from WAPA issues is what I'm thinking.

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Topic starter Posted : August 21, 2014 9:43 pm
xenna
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I can finally contribute something. We have 3 save a lots near where I live. I live in the center of three counties that border me. So I can drive to three different towns to shop. They do have very limited name brands and mostly their store brand. Some of their stuff is better than some name brands and cheaper. However, I do admit I will most always go to Krogers or Ingles before I go to save alot. But of course that is because I have that choice to do so. But if save alot was my only choice then it would be fine for me.

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Posted : August 22, 2014 1:49 am
Prettydoll123
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I also live fairly close to a Save-A-Lot, but I go to Walmart and Kroger before I try to buy anything there. Our store is small however.

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Topic starter Posted : August 22, 2014 4:18 am
OldTart
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... but I hope they dont price super low and end up going out of business fast! Mainly from WAPA issues is what I'm thinking.

Unlike most smaller businesses (and owner-operated franchises), big name stores do a ton of research before investing and it would be a "first" for such a store to be forced out of business because of our high electricity rates.

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Posted : August 22, 2014 11:19 am
C_Ray6
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Speaking only of my personal experience in Ohio. We had a long time locally owned store in my aging neighborhood that had been there for 30+ years but was smaller in size and could not compete with the "super size stores." The locally owned company let the store become and eye sore for many years without any needed maintenance on the inside or outside. The store finally sadly closed and we missed the employees and the convenience. The company just let the building stay vacant until the city withheld permits on any new store openings until the company would allow another company to buy the building. Save-a-Lot purchased the building. Many in my neighborhood were skeptical about this low cost food store but Save-a-Lot "spent-a-lot" to refurbish the building and the property and it is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. It is a very clean and organized store. Though I do not do my main grocery shopping at the store for some of the reasons already stated by others I try to shop there on a regular basis for secondary items. Their basic store brands are just as good as any other store brands and are what I usually purchase. Things such as bottled water, mustard, ketchup, paper products and the like are what I purchase there. The produce section can also be depended on. If they do open in the USVI, I hope they are a welcome addition to your neighborhood and mine when I get there.

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Posted : August 22, 2014 3:16 pm
Prettydoll123
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... but I hope they dont price super low and end up going out of business fast! Mainly from WAPA issues is what I'm thinking.

Unlike most smaller businesses (and owner-operated franchises), big name stores do a ton of research before investing and it would be a "first" for such a store to be forced out of business because of our high electricity rates.

Understandable. I'm playing the devil's advocate here, but how much do you think they would be willing to pump into it to keep it open if they're constantly in the red? You can plan all you want, but if the customers just aren't coming, what do you do? Remember when iHop opened on St. Thomas in the mall? They did all the training in the world, had state-side representatives to help them, but WAPA issues still shut them down. Yes, I understand it was a franchise, but you never know what might happen.

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Topic starter Posted : August 22, 2014 3:59 pm
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Understandable. I'm playing the devil's advocate here, but how much do you think they would be willing to pump into it to keep it open if they're constantly in the red? You can plan all you want, but if the customers just aren't coming, what do you do? Remember when iHop opened on St. Thomas in the mall? They did all the training in the world, had state-side representatives to help them, but WAPA issues still shut them down. Yes, I understand it was a franchise, but you never know what might happen.

There was way more to the iHOP fiasco than WAPA and it shouldn't be put forward as anything to compare. Name stores who come to the USVI do extensive research and know exactly what they're getting into WAY before decisions are made. If there were any indication at all that they would be "constantly in the red" then they wouldn't pursue it.

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Posted : August 22, 2014 4:17 pm
Prettydoll123
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It's life, OT. No matter how much you plan, it doesn't "always" work out the way it's supposed to.

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Topic starter Posted : August 22, 2014 5:15 pm
Alana33
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There is no such thing as "fast food" in the VI.
Just stand in line and wait forever for your turn or the server figures out you are in line and actualy wish to order something. Quicker to drive home and make yourself something to eat.

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Posted : August 25, 2014 7:10 pm
vicanuck
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I'm already getting Save-A-Lot ads in my Facebook feed.

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Posted : August 26, 2014 12:05 pm
Bratt
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This may squash all your dreams of a BK on STX. Mergers and moving to Canada does not sound good for us.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/08/26/burger-king-tim-hortons-merge/14608907/?csp=fbfanpage

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Posted : August 26, 2014 1:01 pm
speee1dy
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i dont think that will affect anything for those burger king lovers. the merger has been ( probably ) for a lot longer than their plan to build here.

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Posted : August 26, 2014 6:34 pm
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Burger King is an American company worth more than $9 Billion dollars. They’re currently in talks to buy Canda’s largest coffee-shop chain, Tim Hortons Inc. But this isn’t just about donuts and coffee: Burger King’s sinister plan is to use the merger as an excuse to relocate their corporate headquarters to Ontario, Canada, thereby dodging their American taxes in a calculated move called “tax inversion."

Burger King’s stock is already soaring on the news of this tax dodge - because no one loves a Tax Cheat like Wall Street.

If we let this shady deal go through, Burger King’s largest shareholder - a private equity firm called 3G Capital - will win, and the American people will lose. Again.

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Posted : August 27, 2014 12:07 pm
speee1dy
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well considering we have the highest corp taxes i dont blame them one bit

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Posted : August 27, 2014 12:16 pm
vicanuck
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Message Remove: Please revisit board rules.

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Posted : August 27, 2014 12:28 pm
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