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Geography of Costco logistics in North America


  Below is a list of Costco’s distribution centers (they refer to them as depots) in North America and their square footage. Following the list is a weblink to a map created which shows how there are dispersed across the continent. Many … Continue reading

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Grocery shopping au naturel


National organic and natural grocery chains such as Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Sprouts, and The Fresh Market have become increasingly familiar in cities across the country. However, there are a number of successful local and regional chains that also offer … Continue reading

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Roadside Americana – discount department stores


The discount department stores listed below represent memories of the golden age of sprawl (if there is such a thing as a golden age for sprawl). Many of these were local and/or regional chains that grew out of a full-line … Continue reading

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An art deco masterpiece reawakens


There are many fine examples of art deco or art moderne design. But to this planner, one the most impressive art deco structures anywhere is the former Knapp’s Department Store, which adorns south Washington Square in downtown Lansing, Michigan. Completed in … Continue reading

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The good guys – stores NOT open on Thanksgiving!


Please consider doing more of your holiday season shopping at the stores listed below or any others that are closed this Thanksgiving Day, as this allows their employees to spend the holiday with their families. Kudos to each one of … Continue reading

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Sell bicycles? – then provide bike racks!


I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am sick and tired of retailers who sell bicycles, but do not provide bike racks for parking at their stores. While this tends to be a problem with some of … Continue reading

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Are we there yet? – Destination retailers on “Holiday Road”


Last weekend (March 23-24) I joined  the hordes of shoppers visiting America’s newest Cabela’s store in Grand Rapids (Grandville), Michigan. Needless to say, the place was absolutely packed. This did not surprise me in the least, as the Cabela’s name … Continue reading

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Cool surfing shops of Cocoa


While carvin’ a course in the Space Coast of Florida last week, which also happens to be home to the East Coast’s Surfing Capital in Cocoa Beach, I stumbled upon a radical line of footgear whose genesis was in the … Continue reading

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Obscene obsolescence tactics


There has been a more or less covert move afoot for the past few years by some big box retailers in Michigan and in Ohio to have their stores declared functionally obsolete by the state tax tribunal in order to … Continue reading

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Downtown destinations yet unknown


During my youth, it was a special treat to travel to downtown Indianapolis with my parents and shop at the L.S. Ayres or William H. Block department stores. As a kid, I was fascinated by the immense size of the stores, their … Continue reading

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