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htz007
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What are the top ten "most needed" products or services on St.Croix? We are developing various business plans in which to offer a product/service that Island locals need and desire the most but have a hard time finding at a price and quality in which they are satisfied...
All input would be appreciated.

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Topic starter Posted : January 18, 2011 8:04 pm
Neil
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Taco Bell (not kidding)

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Posted : January 18, 2011 9:55 pm
longtime
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Target--not kidding

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Posted : January 18, 2011 11:34 pm
STXBob
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Air conditioning contractor
Supermarket with reasonable prices

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Posted : January 19, 2011 12:24 am
Uttica
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I second a Taco Bell. A burger King would be nice also.

How about an all you can eat pizza or salad buffet...now I am just dreaming.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 1:05 am
noOne
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Heh I remember the Burger King on STT back in the late 80s. They served Coors Light =)

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Posted : January 19, 2011 1:31 am
Niuhuskie34
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hahaha coors light at burger king, might actually give me a reason to go there

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Posted : January 19, 2011 1:35 am
TheSavage
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-Professional Private Bodyguard service
-Kidnapping insurance underwriting

It's sad but this is really what will be needed.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 2:02 am
ellyo
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A pay at the pump gas station!

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Posted : January 19, 2011 2:22 am
Linda J
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-Professional Private Bodyguard service
-Kidnapping insurance underwriting

It's sad but this is really what will be needed.

Why, have you heard about a kidnapping ring we should all watch out for?? Seriously, this is either a joke of this person is very confused. Of all the problems we have in the USVI, kidnapping for ransom rates -- well, NOWHERE.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 6:59 am
Iris Tramm
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Target--not kidding

Ooooh! I second that. Get rid of one (or, better, both) of those awful Kmarts and replace it with a Target.

Also, Whole Foods. Decent, and reasonably-priced produce. Anyone remember the Little Princess place that used to deliver to your office?

IT

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Posted : January 19, 2011 7:59 am
speee1dy
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Wegmans grocery store. Target, Barnes and Noble, Del Taco, JoAnns Craft Store CVS Pier 1

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Posted : January 19, 2011 10:41 am
Bombi
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reasonably priced quality tires
an alternative to Kmart
a reasonable automobile leasing company
Starbucks
quality produce (organic) and food stuffs
stateside quality internet access
a full line Honda motorcycle and equipment dealer and repair facility
I'm sure I'll think of more

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Posted : January 19, 2011 11:31 am
Robob
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Speedy1- noticed you mentioned CVS. Just FYI....CVS.com delivers to USVI FREE if your order is over $50.00 ( well, I had to pay .56 shipping!) I ordered 4 cans of almonds that were on sale, mouthwash all kinds of stuff that is $$$ here. It arrived within a week. Great way to shop!

....Burger King & Taco Bell ?? Ugh, I moved to STJ to get away from that stuff! 😀 Target rather than K-Mart? Now you're talking.....

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Posted : January 19, 2011 11:59 am
TheSavage
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-Professional Private Bodyguard service
-Kidnapping insurance underwriting

It's sad but this is really what will be needed.

Why, have you heard about a kidnapping ring we should all watch out for?? Seriously, this is either a joke of this person is very confused. Of all the problems we have in the USVI, kidnapping for ransom rates -- well, NOWHERE.

"WILL BE"

Just wait...if you think I am joking I am not...Everything will get much worse before it can possibly get better.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 1:49 pm
Hiya!
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I think things will get worse before they get better but I seriously doubt we are going to turn into Mexico. There's a lot of reason and a long history of why Mexico got to where it is. The VI is not following that path. The VIs are way too small for any drug lord to be interested in us. But this is way off topic.

1. Tires, having to ship them in from stt or stateside sucks but no one sells 19" suv tires, the things I now thing of before I buy....everything is a lesson.
2. Fast oil change
3. Would also like a fast coffee place like starbucks that was easy to get in and out of. All of the current places here are in extremely hard to find parking locations.
4. Taco Bell & Burger King, if you don't miss these yet you haven't lived here long enough.
5. Furniture store with quality furniture that didn't rape you.
6. Basically any quality product at a fair price. We know retailers have to make a profit but it's a bit out of control more often then not.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 2:23 pm
ellyo
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I think we need cows adn farmers. There are very little things produced in the island therefore, everything is imported and expensive. Plus Target and Starbucks (as long as you dont have to wait 40 mins for your coffee like McD!)

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Posted : January 19, 2011 2:32 pm
Alexandra
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Taco Bell definitely. This is the #1 requested "upgrade" to the island. There are several Facebook groups dedicated to the movement. lol

A Super Walmart would be nice, as we could replace the KMarts and add a grocery store with a good supply line at the same time.

An oil change place would be very useful. I don't get mine changed nearly as often as I should as it's such a nightmare to go to a car dealership to have it done. If the place was equipped to rinse salt off the car and maybe spray a chemical de-salt treatment to the engine and under-carriage at the same time, this would save thousands of dollars in repairs as well.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 3:23 pm
Juanita
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As mentioned, JoAnn's Fabric and Craft store. I was thinking about that the other day, when I couldn't find material I wanted. On STT, at least there is "Goat Street". On STX, the Divi-Divi is pretty lame.

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Posted : January 19, 2011 4:16 pm
Jules
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1. Starbucks
2. Starbucks
3. Starbucks
4. Target
5. A grocery store that has fresh produce AND pantry goods AND seafood AND meat AND deli so that I don't have to shop a 4 stores for a simple dinner.
6. Thai restaurant
7. Indian Restaurant
8. More restaurants that are open for lunch
9. Quick oil change/auto repair station
10. Store that carries a wide variety of inexpensive clothing made from something other than polyester.
11. Krispy Kreme, Dunkin, or Shipley donuts

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Posted : January 19, 2011 6:36 pm
GoodToGo
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Costco (it would address over priced groceries, tires, and electronics)
Minute Clinic (would be nice to get treated for a simple virus in under an hour)
Chipotle (would have said Taco Bell but after eating at Chipotle you'll never go back to Taco Bell)
In-n-Out Burgers

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Posted : January 19, 2011 9:57 pm
DUN
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Inexpensive food & furniture (I wonder who runs these here & why they are SOOO expensive).

All U can eat Chinese buffet! < Even a fair one, for $20 instead of a good one for $10...we have NONE!

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WALMART Super Center!
Target!

Better than(not WORSE than) stateside gas prices...We live 35 miles from the largest oil refinery in the western hemisphere!!!!!
Gas prices here should be $1.50/gat. STX, & $2 on STT, That would add ample profit to the retail(gas retails for over a $1 a gallon cheaper in Port Reading New Jersey(they import from STX) than it does in STT!!!!!

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Posted : January 19, 2011 11:01 pm
Exit Zero
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Why would everyone want all the chain stores that have homogenized the American culture to relocate here??
fast food restaurants - big box department stores - stores run by corporate bean counters who have no understanding of Island life -- Thankfully those same bean counters already realize a VI outpost is a big time money losing waste of investment -- we have all seen them come and go -- when they compare same store sales and costs the USVI is always a proven anomaly - long supply lines, power problems, staffing difficulties, etc. and this is evident to companies who have stores around the world.
If you want all those chain stores move back to where they are on every road coming and going - and every corner!
Taco Bell??? - maybe the worst food I have never eaten.
Starbucks?? - overpriced ridiculous products - a Trenta??? - they are even taking the name Starbucks off their own advertising company-wide and going with a logo alone.
We send all the Chinese immigrants who struggle and try to enter here illegally , off island to NY to be deported.
Burger King?? cmon we have McD and Wendys and they are terrible in all aspects.

Shop online if you think this accumulation process is the ultimate way to live the American Dream.
The stateside attitude of" buying things I don't need, with money I don't have, to impress people I don't like" will hopefully never take hold here in the VI where people are not perceived as a product of what they own.

Better Power company - better and cheaper real food - cheaper petroleum products - public transportation - and treating your fellow Virgin Islander residents in a respectful and more helpful way - those are some commodities I think we are in need of.

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Posted : January 20, 2011 3:25 am
Ericw
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Where's the "like" button zero? 🙂

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Posted : January 20, 2011 4:03 am
rhstoo
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Really affordable solar and wind power that doesn't rely on tax rebates (for people who don't earn enough to pay taxes) and that require huge up-front capital investments that aren't even concievable to most of the VI population. Many (most?) of the people on this board either have or could have an alternate to WAPA but if we really, really want to make a difference...

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Posted : January 20, 2011 4:47 am
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