ABC News:Chains vs. Local

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2003/11/11 12:56:27 (permalink)

ABC News:Chains vs. Local

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http://abcnews.go.com/sections/Business/US/restaurants_031111-1.html


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    scbuzz
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 13:04:20 (permalink)
    Hmmmmmmmmmm, I don't know .... are you sure this isn't some kind of socialist vegan plot for world domination ????

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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 13:14:20 (permalink)
    I just heard we're getting another Applebees. Charlottesville used to be cool about supporting small businesses...now it's just another DC suburb.
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 13:30:48 (permalink)
    A food management professor argues near the end of the article that independent restaurants offering superior service will "beat the chains all day long." I like to believe that's true, but don't know if it necessarily is. The superior service is probably mandatory if you have any hope of even competing, let alone thriving.

    I'm happy to live in a place (Manhattan) with a culture that has historically shunned chains, but that's clearly changing. I think it's still generally true, however, that the chains located here attract more tourists than residents. The hardware stores, drug stores and other similar independents haven't been as lucky.

    I don't believe chains are intrinsically a bad thing, particular if supply/demand warrants their existence. I just think it's sad when all of our cities and towns become increasingly homogenized. I have friends who love the fact that big chains are finally coming to Manhattan: all the excitement of the city, with the convenience of the suburbs. I, on the other hand, am increasingly gravitating toward the mindset that if the city is becoming more like the suburbs, then a few years down the road I might as well move, and spend less money on a bigger place to live, with less traffic.
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 13:34:35 (permalink)
    quote:
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    I just heard we're getting another Applebees. Charlottesville used to be cool about supporting small businesses...now it's just another DC suburb.


    Charlottesville a suburb of DC" />" />" />I thought the DC suburbs ended at Quantico.
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 13:45:04 (permalink)
    Don't get me started on chains. All I do is spew intense hatred Just ask Bushie, Liketoeat and Sundancer. I don't buy the figures that independents still outnumber chains. I believe they do if you include the upscale and ethnic independents, however when it comes to mom n pop regional cuisine, the chain gods are nearing victory!" />
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 16:02:09 (permalink)
    quote:
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Route 11

    I just heard we're getting another Applebees. Charlottesville used to be cool about supporting small businesses...now it's just another DC suburb.


    Charlottesville a suburb of DC" />" />" />I thought the DC suburbs ended at Quantico.


    Nope..they stretch all the way to Culpeper and Charlottesville now. But, it does mean improved roads, so that's a plus.
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 16:05:49 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Route 11

    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    quote:
    Originally posted by Route 11

    I just heard we're getting another Applebees. Charlottesville used to be cool about supporting small businesses...now it's just another DC suburb.


    Charlottesville a suburb of DC" />" />" />I thought the DC suburbs ended at Quantico.


    Nope..they stretch all the way to Culpeper and Charlottesville now. But, it does mean improved roads, so that's a plus.


    Someone has to update Rand McNally and the HOV lanes then, Because they both end around Quantico. Wow, that means the DC suburbs extend further out than the NYC suburbs!
    http://www.randmcnally.com/rmc/directions/dirGetMap.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0531777185.1068585094@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccccadcjlfklhlicgencfhjdfiidfjf.0&cmty=0
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 17:11:09 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Don't get me started on chains. All I do is spew intense hatred Just ask Bushie, Liketoeat and Sundancer. I don't buy the figures that independents still outnumber chains. I believe they do if you include the upscale and ethnic independents, however when it comes to mom n pop regional cuisine, the chain gods are nearing victory!" />

    We appreciate your passion, wanderingjew.
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 17:57:50 (permalink)
    Here we are on another page without margins- Part of
    that Socialist world domination plot out to destroy big
    business and create chaos on the Roadfood channel!
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/11 19:21:14 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by wanderingjew

    Don't get me started on chains. All I do is spew intense hatred Just ask Bushie, Liketoeat and Sundancer. I don't buy the figures that independents still outnumber chains. I believe they do if you include the upscale and ethnic independents, however when it comes to mom n pop regional cuisine, the chain gods are nearing victory!" />


    I hav to agree--i have been driving across this country every yr---and long ago many more times a yr--since 1968 and i know that it is harder and harded to find good local food when your traveling---otherwise--we--NONE of us--would be here!We love good roadfood and want to share the goodies---i know that in the sixties there was always great locally produce and served mom and pop resteraunt---all acroos the US of A---now when i pull off the freeway it the same few
    resteraunts all over---Red Lobster---Olive Garden---General foods!!! boring---but it is a fact---theyve got the bucks!!! and its tough to compete with them---at that scale they can--and frequently do count on an 18 month turnaround on the investment so they are in and out and if a few locals losed---oh well;. Personally---if there is one family farmer whose wife is selling the only mom and pop food left in the country---i will be there for breakfastand i dont care if takes 10 mins,gives me time for coffee and the paper!
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/24 13:22:43 (permalink)
    I would like to think that the independants still outnumber chains, but certainly they do not when it comes to interstate exits east of the Mississippi! We recently drove from Maine to Chicago, and it would have been virtually impossible to find a non-chain if not for this inestimable website. Even harder in some of the states that have banned billboards. (Billboards may have obscured the scenery, but they contributed a lot to "local flavor." )

    We got off the highway at Michigan City for dinner, because it looked like a pretty good-sized dot on the map, but spent half an hour driving up and down every promising-looking street for a local restaurant, but the only one we found looked a little too shady -- and I'm not talking tree cover. Ended up at a chain burger joint anyway.
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    RE: ABC News:Chains vs. Local 2003/11/24 14:45:38 (permalink)
    From 1997 thru part of 2003, I delivered vehicles for a auto dealership. I delivered all over Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Ark. Also went to a lot of other states. I had a hard time finding Mom and Pop type places to eat. This was before I found Roadfood.com. Sure wish I had found it before I quit. It didn't take me long to learn to bypass The big truck stops. Once at a truck stop breakfast buffet, they had pancakes you could'nt cut them with a steak knife.

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