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Tony Orlando

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Tony O's Supermarket & Catering

As a third generation in the supermarket, here are some thoughts on this subject.

  1. Nobody owes you anything, so if you want to get involved in the business it is important to start out from the very bottom and earn your way up. My Dad was tough on me and...

Lots of comments on this, and some shots at Menards for this type of thinking. Here is how I as a small business owner see it, and feel free to write in and chime in on this subject. Excessive regulations and Federal mandates, e.g. minimum wage increases, and healthcare...

Having dealt with Aldi for close to 20 years or more, it is impossible to compete head-to-head on staples, and if store owners disagree then fine. There are tons of poor people in my county and they flock to Aldi to stock up on cheap canned goods, produce and...

Publix runs great stores, and if that is their policy, then so be it. My manager for frozen has a nice trimmed beard and it is just fine with me. Clean-looking, well-trimmed and personal hygiene are what matter to me, but I won't tolerate a tattoo that is outrageous...

Kroger knows what they are doing. They pulled out of our area many years ago as our economy tanked and they knew it was not coming back. They can take on anyone with their deep pockets, and they run very good stores. Consolidation will continue and Kroger will keep...

These are two giants in the food business, but Trader Joe's now and always will have the upper hand in better pricing. Sales per square foot at Trader Joe's is insane and both stores have loyal followers, but Whole Foods' reputation for high prices isn't going to sway Trader...

To me there should be no barriers to make this happen. Our small store has been doing this for over 40 years, and we have encouraged other independents to do the same in their community. My father was raised in the depression and constantly reminded me to never waste...

Managing people is not an easy thing that comes naturally, although some folks have some natural instincts to lead and others can learn how to do the job quite well. To me, managing people effectively requires several years of training, and I was blessed to have a father who...

The system is not ready yet, as our bank we deal with isn't ready to make a full go of it. My concern, as Ryan mentioned, is after I end up paying for a whole new system, along with other retailers, what about two years from now when the...

Costco will eventually phase out all tobacco in their stores, as margins and much higher taxes have led to decreased sales. I got rid of all tobacco in my store in 2015 and really don't miss it as the cost of smokes continue to rise, and soon will hit...

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