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Cathy Hotka

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For the first three years I lived in my house (right in Washington DC) I didn't own a car because I didn't need one. I took the subway to work and walked to movies, restaurants, and shopping. Most of DC's current blazing growth is because of condos being built...

Just think of the heartache we might have avoided if this had been created 15 years ago, as some of us suggested...but this is a good move, and will do good things.

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Liz hit the nail on the head. Mr. Dreiling may well have wanted to ensure that he was in charge of his assets in the event of his retirement.

Dollar General has been on a tear for years, and there's no reason to expect that its momentum is slowing.

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Engaged employees are associates that know what they're doing, have a sense of purpose, and are treated with respect by management. Both of my children had great experiences working at Starbucks; my then-16-year-old son was put in charge of selling the new Via instant coffee product because he got...

This story is nothing less than astonishing.

The Congress Heights area where Whole Foods will pursue this project has no full-service grocery store. Whole Foods' customers should be so impressed that they are addressing the food desert issue here. Customers will be happy to pay a little higher price (much...

Most of these examples are too precious for words, but #10 (cameras are already everywhere, so get over it") is guffaw-worthy. Sure, cameras are everywhere, but they're surveillance cameras designed to keep the public safe. I hardly think that the glasshole behind me in line at the grocery store...

Will they write your name on the glass?

The addition of alcohol will have a number of impacts, not the least of which would be store decor. Will my store, with its coffee plantation graphics, now sport photos of Italian vineyards?

Starbucks seems confident, but I wonder how consumers will react.

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This will be a real problem for GameStop when moms become the key purchasers of videogames...!

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For stores that skimp on in-store hours, the chickens are coming home to roost.

My last trip grocery shopping is a case in point. At 9:15 in the morning on a Saturday, the single checker worked hard to keep up, but the the line stretched back halfway to the back...

What's the differentiator here?

There are a host of companies providing services like this; it's hard to imagine that Walmart's core strengths, logistics and assortment can beat those competitors. It will be interesting to see how this test fares.

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