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Scubadoo
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Also, I live now in Westchester County NY for 12 years and before that, Manhattan for almost 10...these are among the highest caliber food communities in the world. I have yet to find a grocery store that comes close to Publix 🙂

Wegman's beats Publix

Seaside is on STX. The Plaza Extras are locally owned and I think the guy who owns Seaside is in the same family.

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Posted : June 27, 2017 12:32 am
East Ender
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The new place by the airport on St Thomas is locally owned. It is financed by GERS.

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Posted : June 27, 2017 12:39 am
SunnyCyn
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We don't have Wegmans by us! It's amazing that for the highest-taxed county in the United States, Westchester really gets the shaft on grocery stores. At least we have the best public schools in the country though, which is the point at our stage of life (9 year old twins).

I'm on STX right now and we plan to check out Seaside today. This isn't our PMV because we could only get away for a week, and because we aren't quite to our financial goals we set before we are ready to move...but soon come. I hope!

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Posted : June 27, 2017 10:14 am
speee1dy
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lol, no. when they mention local they mean black

Were they talking about Seaside?

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Posted : June 27, 2017 10:54 am
Alana33
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I don't think we really need stateside grocery store chains. We do have that already with Pricesmart, CUL. What we need is to have the ones already here to emulate their stateside models, improve inventory and produce, keep stores cleaner, stop gouging on pricing and improve their customer service.

Any stateside chain that comes in will fall into the same ways as we presently experience, over the course of time.
Losing Kmart however would be a great loss without any similar replacement.

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Posted : June 27, 2017 2:59 pm
stxsailor
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Hate to say it but no matter what company your bring down or open a new one we are stuck with a large apathetic workforce.

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Posted : June 27, 2017 4:44 pm
vicanuck
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Hate to say it but no matter what company your bring down or open a new one we are stuck with a large apathetic workforce.

Pathetic really!!!

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Posted : June 27, 2017 4:48 pm
Alana33
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Sad but true.
I'm constantly amazed at the customer service in the area I'm presently living in FL after living in the VI the majority of my life. It's night and day different. There's always someone to ask a question for where to find something, they'll take you to where the items you're looking for are located instead of vaguely pointing, they're actually cheerful about helping you, there's no waiting 20 minutes for someone to show up or get told there's no one available to help you in that department, if something is too heavy for you to deal with, someone is available to help load up in vehicle, lines aren't long, people are friendly.

For example, I had to replace all the windows in this my home here in FL as
the seals were shot and double paned windows all off gassed, difficult to open and close. I put in a request, online thru Home Depot for an estimate. Within 2 days, the salesman was at my door with various samples. After a few hours discussing my needs and budget, I decided what I wanted and placed order.
3 weeks later my windows and sliding glass door were delivered.

It took 2 days for the great husband and wife team to remove and install all 14 windows and the sliding door. Their work was meticulous, they cleaned up after themselves and they even cleaned all the windows/doors they installed. No fuss, no mess. I was delighted! The county inspector came a couple days later, told me that they did a great job and signed off on paperwork.

I love the new windows. They've got a lifetime warranty, including screens for my ownership and it's transferable to the next owner, should I sell.
Never would I have trusted this type of purchase through HD in the VI.
The home here is brick and block.

A couple years ago in STT, I replaced 1/2 the number of windows plus a sliding glass door, it took forever, cost as much as replacement for everything here and I was cleaning up the mess when workers showed up, when they'd show up. I did use a private contractor for that job. Ordered windows at end of October and they were finally finished being installed just before Christmas.

Night and day experience.

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Posted : June 27, 2017 6:08 pm
SunnyCyn
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Oh snap!

lol, no. when they mention local they mean black

Were they talking about Seaside?

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Posted : June 27, 2017 7:14 pm
Scubadoo
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Sad but true.
I'm constantly amazed at the customer service in the area I'm presently living in FL after living in the VI the majority of my life. It's night and day different. There's always someone to ask a question for where to find something, they'll take you to where the items you're looking for are located instead of vaguely pointing, they're actually cheerful about helping you, there's no waiting 20 minutes for someone to show up or get told there's no one available to help you in that department, if something is too heavy for you to deal with, someone is available to help load up in vehicle, lines aren't long, people are friendly.

For example, I had to replace all the windows in this my home here in FL as
the seals were shot and double paned windows all off gassed, difficult to open and close. I put in a request, online thru Home Depot for an estimate. Within 2 days, the salesman was at my door with various samples. After a few hours discussing my needs and budget, I decided what I wanted and placed order.
3 weeks later my windows and sliding glass door were delivered.

It took 2 days for the great husband and wife team to remove and install all 14 windows and the sliding door. Their work was meticulous, they cleaned up after themselves and they even cleaned all the windows/doors they installed. No fuss, no mess. I was delighted! The county inspector came a couple days later, told me that they did a great job and signed off on paperwork.

I love the new windows. They've got a lifetime warranty, including screens for my ownership and it's transferable to the next owner, should I sell.
Never would I have trusted this type of purchase through HD in the VI.
The home here is brick and block.

A couple years ago in STT, I replaced 1/2 the number of windows plus a sliding glass door, it took forever, cost as much as replacement for everything here and I was cleaning up the mess when workers showed up, when they'd show up. I did use a private contractor for that job. Ordered windows at end of October and they were finally finished being installed just before Christmas.

Night and day experience.

It's all in the volumes. When you have none, not much opportunity for sales or mistakes or repetition or learning from mistakes etc.

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Posted : June 27, 2017 8:37 pm
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