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An email from a Walmart spokesperson referenced comments made by CFO Charles Holley last month regarding the announced deal between Dollar Tree and Family Dollar. In response to a question from Bloomberg TV, Mr. Jolley said Walmart's "smaller formats can sell anywhere between three times to eight times what...

Convenience stores have sold rolling papers and other paraphernalia for years. C-store operators also have experience with tobacco and alcohol regulations. Seems as if any format type would be able to succeed in opening marijuana shops, c-stores would be it.

Also, since marijuana is legal due to a popular vote,...

To Bob: Restaurants in our town, many of whom operate without a liquor license, make a point of letting patrons know they can bring their own bottle of wine to offset any competitive disadvantage with the establishments that serve alcohol. There is no corkage fee attached, because they know...

Editor's note: Panera Bread has tested the concept in the Charlotte and Boston markets and plans to roll out the concept to 150 additional locations this year.

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We were talking about the advent of "smart homes" back in 1989 when I was in charge of marketing and store merchandising for a national wholesaler of electronic security products. We're closer than we were back then, but it appears as though there is still a ways go to....

My thanks for the kind birthday wishes and the insights shared so generously on this site over the past 12+ years.

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Part of pleasurable experience of Starbucks is the aroma of coffee in its stores. The same can not be said of most bars. I wonder how they're handling that particular challenge.

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The store size appears to be major difference here. Walmart Express stores are typically in the 12,000-15,000 square foot range. This new Walmart to Go concept is only 2,500 square feet, according to the reporting.

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None of my kids have ever had a Twinkie. That said, I was asked to repeat "play" several times after all four came into my office yesterday after hearing the "Twinkies Time" YouTube video. One of my kids, who has also never visited a Big Lots store, asked if...

Largely left out of the many discussions surrounding this story is the Affordable Care Act, which promises to bring millions of newly insured in search of convenient, healthcare options. CVS, particularly with its aggressive rollout of in-store clinics combined with a strong PBM business and 7,600 pharmacies, is ideally...

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