Category Archives: shopping

Place Name Hall of Fame: Distinctly recognizable town/small and mid-sized city names

The following list identifies those towns/small cities that have distinctly recognizable names — ones that are well-known enough that most people would have immediately have a mental image of it if the place was mentioned in conversation or literature, even … Continue reading

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Strict planning & zoning destroys eclectic, offbeat, and funky

After three decades in the planning profession and several more years since retirement, I’ve come to the conclusion that if you want your community to maintain or build a funky, hip, offbeat, or eccentric vibe, it can not be done … Continue reading

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Madrid, NM – Coal mining ghost town to eclectic art colony

Among the many attractions within an hour’s drive of Albuquerque and Santa Fe is the former coal mining town of Madrid, New Mexico. Located in a rugged valley bounded by the Ortiz Mountains, the town had acquired the nickname of … Continue reading

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Regional and semi-national fast food burger chains

Most of us are familiar with the national fast food burger chains like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Dairy Queen, Five Guys, Sonic, and Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr. But, there are many local, regional, and semi-national burger chains that dot the map and … Continue reading

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The steaming hot market for drive-thru coffee shops

Across the country there is an ongoing boom in freestanding drive-thru/walk-up coffee shops. These units rarely, if ever, incorporate indoor seating, though they may have some outdoor seats. Instead these shops are designed and meant for customers on the go … Continue reading

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Geographical distribution of motor vehicle model names

Back in the day, its seemed many motor vehicles with geographical model names tended to be of places east of the Mississippi, wealthy places, or of European locales. But, today, the largest number of referenced places and geography model names … Continue reading

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Viva historic preservation in the “True Las Vegas”

We recently spent part of a day wandering about downtown Las Vegas, New Mexico and came away very impressed by the preserved historical and cultural assets of this High Plains city. Unlike the overwhelming glitter and gaudiness found in Nevada, … Continue reading

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Geography of Chewy.com’s fulfillment centers

The table included in this post lists the current and future fulfillment centers developed by Chewy.com, an e-commerce pet products company. As is clearly evident, there has been a rapid expansion of fulfillment centers since 2014. Pennsylvania has seen the … Continue reading

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Crafting Michaels nationwide distribution network

The following table lists the distribution centers, their location, size, and year opened for Michaels stores. The company began operations in 1973 in Dallas, Texas. As can be seen from the table, there are now eight (8) distribution facilities nationwide, … Continue reading

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The lowdown on Lowe’s distribution network

Below are three (3) tables identifying the regional distribution centers (RDC), fulfillment centers, and bulk distribution centers for Lowe’s. Smaller, local distribution facilities and cross-dock facilities are not included. As is evident from the tables, Pennsylvania leads the way with … Continue reading

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