It may however play a factor when Wal-Mart's dominance is taken into consideration as smaller supermarkets may need to rely more on alcohol sales for profitability amidst that type of cutthroat competition. If a company like Kroger or Publix opened a few stores in strategic locations in OKC in addition to the recent improvements seen with Crest, Sunflower, etc, the problem would be solved.
Originally Posted by 1soonerfan. You are actually very right. WM basically tested their "saturate and conquer" strategy in OKC in the late 90s, then deployed it elsewhere during the 's. In fact the very first Sam's Club was opened in Midwest City back in the early 80s.
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The main reason Whole Foods came was because of some pretty generous rent they got from Classen Curve which is owned by Chesapeake Energy. They are indeed doing very well though. Plus, a lot of the local chains Crest, Homeland, Buy for Less have finally tired of Wal Mart eating their lunch and have stepped their game up as of late. Beautiful lady at food lion Oklahoma CityMature Lady Nude Beach
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In our early years, we talked a lot about our associates needing training to execute their roles, and we did training to a point. Today training for associates is focused, deliberate and sustainable to create the best shopping experience possible for our customers.
It used to be that Store 1 in Salisbury, N. Bread was on aisle Today we group products that customers look for and purchase together to make shopping easier. We also carry and promote more locally-made products. Were you able to meet any of the company founders? I came to work at Store 1 one day when they needed extra help and I actually worked alongside Wilson Smith. I was amazed that one of the founders was Oklhaoma canned goods Beautiful lady at food lion Oklahoma City the shelf.
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The technology we employed at Bloom was cutting-edge at the time, not unlike the digital work Food Lion is doing cood. This helps us better compete in cood competitive environment. The Mt. Airy, N. We have rural towns as well as cities like Winston-Salem. Our customers and associates are as diverse as their communities. We have 23 stores in the Oklanoma Beautiful lady at food lion Oklahoma City we just keep getting better, partly because we appreciate our Beauitful.
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I like to see our associates come together as a team like that. We have had quarter after quarter of same store sales growth, which is unprecedented in the challenging supermarket industry.
Our strategy of taking care of the customer and looking out for our associates has transferred into organizational success. I was a part-time cashier at Store 26 in Charlotte, N. We were on a NCR cash register. The keypad was 10 keys and you would push the amount and then the department key, which was color-coded. I remember the produce key was green.
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We took checks, cash and paper food stamps. When you became a cashier, you had to take a test on simple addition. You had to pass that math test to be sure you could count change back to the customer. You had to be able to count change fast, too. Payroll was all by hand. You had the old timey punch clock. You calculated time on the calculator and keyed it in and kept a copy with a carbon sheet and then put it all in the big brown mail bag.
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Once we got pricing guns with labels we were like gunslingers! We were closed on Sundays. It was one of my favorite memories. We would meet our store operations supervisor at the park and play softball. How was the switch from Food Town to Food Lion? They had seen Mr. Ketner and a real lion. John Boy and Billy did this whole spiel on us. It was a parody of our Wife wants nsa Naknek, calling us Food Flounder and Food Lobster.
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I met my husband at the Food Lion in Charlotte, N. He was a wine vendor. They would bring in the wine and someone had to price it and put it on the shelf. I was that girl. What has made you stay for 39 years? When I moved to Raleigh to get married, my director back then was Greg Evans. He came by to talk to me. He said he hated to see me move to Raleigh and that I was going to be missed. He took a quarter out of his pocket and gave it to me.
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I was a buyer. One fall close to the holiday season, I started in the frozen department. We had to order lots of pies. My manager would walk around the office and kid me. How is the job different today? At that time, Beautiful lady at food lion Oklahoma City would order a lot more inventory to get the best cost. You order just in time.
We have learned how to maintain the inventory we need and not have excess. The mentality has changed too. We want the freshest products. I love buying. You have a regular schedule and accounts, tracking trucks and working with vendors. I love that interaction. Being a buyer keeps me busy. Do you have a favorite memory?
I had a special customer in Concord. Her name was Annie Walker. I took her groceries to her home during my lunch. She lived a couple blocks from the store. Soon, I started Women looking sex Kiowa Colorado it every week.
I would get her groceries for her every Tuesday. She could tell me by aisle what she wanted, what brand and everything. Later, when I moved to the corporate office, she would mail me her grocery list with a check.
I drove them to her house in Concord. I did that for seven or eight years. She sent me cards. She had been a school teacher and she had beautiful penmanship. We became good friends. Miss Annie was a special person. I learned so much from her.
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Other things that have changed are powdered laundry detergent to liquid. Also, today a lot of meat is packaged before it gets to the store, but it used to be that meat was cut on demand. It used to be we would bake angel food cakes in the store, and now our assortment is much greater, but less is done at the store level. We try to have a good mix. How Beautiful lady at food lion Oklahoma City you know what customers want?
We try to keep up on trends. We follow what restaurants do, plus suppliers and brokers keep us up to date and we go to food shows. Have you ever experienced a natural disaster with the company? I was the store manager in Charlotte, N. Instead of. We had some stores without Fitchburg MA wife swapping for at least a week. When daylight hit, I was supposed to open. I picked up another store manager to take him to work because he had a tree on his car.
I remember trying to navigate our way with all the devastation. But our associates came to work.
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We got all our charcoal and water transferred to the stores that were open. Some associates had to sleep over in the store. Everybody pulled together and did their part.
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The signage department was essentially sequestered. He didn't want the news getting out before announcement day. We do a terrific job being a community leader. I never heard a complaint from a single associate to put in the hours to help. It has been the key to our success. I was looking for a job as soon as I turned I had a paper route since I was nine. There were not Beautiful lady at food lion Oklahoma City lot of jobs at the time. There were "no help needed" signs everywhere.
Main Street. I was a bagger, a clerk and worked in produce, frozen food and dairy. I was the night guy and the clean-up guy. Through college, I was a perishable manager.
After school, I had strong support from supervision teams. They recognized potential in me. I was fiod when I become a supervisor. Ironically, I have come full circle to Beautiful lady at food lion Oklahoma City as I now manage east and west coast vegetables. There are so many opportunities within this company. I have gotten to do many different things. How is it different today? The biggest difference is we merchandise by four seasons. Many items we enjoy every day now were only seasonal then.
January and through the holiday season were citrus and apples. The spring brought strawberries and watermelon. Of course, watermelon lasted all summer.
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We had different sized. Even bananas were wrapped and preweighed. Fooc you choose the amount you want. What is keeping you busy now? We have a Local Goodness campaign liln established in North Carolina last year and it has been well received by our customers. The organization made a decision to expand the program to feature local products in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. People take pride in where they live.
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What do you like about your job today? The biggest thing I remember is coming to the company and feeling Beautiful lady at food lion Oklahoma City. We want to make a difference for the customers and the associates. So I decided I wanted to learn the trade as a meat cutter. There was a training program for meat cutters and meat wrappers. When I was wrapping, I could get ahead of the meat cutters and they were kind enough to show me how to cut.
How the meat is cut is directly tied to customer satisfaction. I was one of the only women in that job. People would stop by and watch me through the window. They would stop and ring the bell and talk to me about being a female meat cutter, older people especially. That just inspired me to do more with the company, including serving as a market manager, store manager, deli bakery supervisor, grocery merchandiser, operations supervisor, district manager and execution and implementation specialist.
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Food Town was a very frugal company, which helped us along the way. We would bag up our laundry and send the dirty laundry back on the perishable truck to the distribution center. They would collect it from truck to truck and your clean laundry came back that way, too.
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What other changes have you seen? Our culture today is so embracing of the associates. Today our company as a whole has a better understanding of how to value people. Look at our recent success. They are free to bring their whole self to work. How did you come to work for Food Lion? I moved to North Carolina from Pennsylvania for college. My roommate worked at Food Town. When he got a job in Charlotte, N. Layd just bought five Winn-Dixie stores and we need you to flip them by Thanksgiving.
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I was the grocery manager in Wilmington, N. Ketner asked to walk the store with me. I had not been with the company more than a year.
He told me about selling ice cream from a little pushcart when he was a kid in Salisbury. As we walked the store, he called out all 50 different flavors. He could still rattle them off. I was hired at Food Town in Asheboro, N. What memories stand out? With the Year Y2K phenomenon, we had all of these security questions. Because of the uncertainties, store operations supervisors were required to be at their office store at midnight to make sure everything was okay.
Our computers weren't set up to handle four-digit dates, so payroll and sales numbers could have messed up. We were just becoming computerized at this time so it was an unknown entity. We even closed our hour stores early. Come midnight, there were no issues, all the stores called in, and then everyone went out and had some fun.
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