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(@speee1dy)
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hi

any idea when they open and whether it will be like it used to be with a salad bar, bakery, deli?

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 12:09 pm
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one of the owner/managers is usually there during the day I've noticed, but they're throwing in working like the rest of them so you may not notice which one it is... I would think they'll be announcing something before long. They're really refitting the entire place, top to bottom, new parking pavement, the works. I'll have to check that out just to see how it all stacks up. 8)

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 4:09 pm
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the parking lot is great, i just wish they would have left the door alone

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 4:27 pm
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These are the same people as Plaza Extra East. They're shooting for August!

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 7:00 pm
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I guess that will put the pressure on the new Food Fair. They probably thought that after SB closed, they would have a monopoly on East Enders groceries. Oh well, bad planning.

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 7:41 pm
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It'll put alot of pressure on Food Town also, they'll be a price and availability war which is good for us all. I heard it was Waheed from Plaza.

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 8:19 pm
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I don't think they care. The Plaza Extra folks are cousins of the Food Town/Food Fair people. I often see them chatting and smoking out front of Food Fair in the evenings.

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 9:31 pm
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Probably talking about how high they can raise their prices.

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 10:36 pm
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while i tend to agree that their principle is that you should never under price the competitor, i think the market conditions will force them to reconsider. the hardest months for smaller stores like food town are the summer months and now seeing that this new store may open in august, in the heat of the summer -- food town may have to compete.

 
Posted : May 12, 2014 10:53 pm
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With the bypass in, it makes much more sense to just go to Plaza East or Cost U More.

 
Posted : May 13, 2014 9:10 am
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I believe the new store will be positioned as upmarket/gourmet much like Schooner Bay Market was originally under Thia's ownership. That strategy worked very well for her. Subsequent owners tried to compete with the big guys but failed miserably. The last owner's attempt to turn it into some sort of kitchenware and expired packaged foods outlet failed too.

I personally don't care what strategy they pursue as long as the food is fresh, the store is well stocked and they continue to make great sandwiches. I'm sure the major families who control our grocery stores have the market divided up fairly and have sorted it all out amongst themselves.

 
Posted : May 13, 2014 11:56 am
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