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Friday, December 1, 2017

What I Found At Home Owners Bargain Outlet.


     A rather unique chain of stores around the Chicago and Milwaukee area sell a rather large amount of "borrowed" products. Home Owners Bargain Outlet, known as HOBO is a home improvement and housewares store, selling a lot of overstock products from other chains. All these products were found on a visit to one Hobo on a single day, it amazed me just where some of this stuff came from.

Some Winn-Dixie sink cleaner.


Publix drain cleaner


Stop & Shop/ Giant paper towels.


Ingles in house brand of tissue, Laura Lynn.


Weis napkins


Wegmans bath tissue was an extra special find.


Not a big deal to me on this one, but Meijer rubber gloves.


Walgreens and Duane Reade together at once.




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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Black Friday 2017 At Woodfield Mall.


     The kick off to the biggest shopping season of the year, Black Friday, at the Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg, Illinois. Going to Woodfield is not just for the shopping, its an event, the largest, most popular mall in Chicagoland decked out for the season, filled with people that braced the cold to come out and be together. For years, my family and I take Thanksgiving to be together, and after dinner, we enjoy the night at Woodfield, the later the night goes on, the busier it gets.







     By this time next year, the Dining Pavilion will be open next to Sears. I do hope Sears will be here next year on the other hand. An elevator shaft is seen being erected to quickly take customers to the second floor, also to relieve escalator traffic.



Expansive view of physical commerce, malls are apparently dead I'm told.


Just take it all in, if your looking for Waldo, your going to be here a while.


Santa's ice castle is on the verge of melting at those temperatures.



This entrance will make a far better cover photo next year when the construction is completed.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Target Closing 12 Stores; Two in Illinois.


     Unexpected, but not uncommon for Target to give an annual list of stores slated to close. A list not even close to the size of  what Sears Holdings routinely announces, but some communities will sure be at a lose without a red bullseye. Target is not on a downward spiral, they are opting to open smaller formatted stores with a richer selection and beginning to steer away from large selections. Opening several stores this years, and dozens planned to opened next year, the stores on this list are being cut as a positive business direction, I will explain why shortly.

Target is going in the direction to work together with its strong online presence, as the company uses there store locations as "distribution centers" for online order pick-up.


The stores slated to close by February 2018 are as followed:

Eastland Mall Harper Woods, Michigan

Hutchinson, Kansas 

Benton Harbor, Michigan

Macon, Georgia

Slidell, Louisiana

Lauderhill, Florida

Matteson, Illinois

Romeoville, Illinois

West Baltimore, Maryland

Far East San Antonio, Texas

     I cannot speak for the all these stores and how I believe there performance is to the company. The stores highlighted in yellow, I have shopped at and can judge on a general basis why there slated to close. The Benton Harbor, Michigan store not in a very good location, far from the mall, which is dead, and far from the major highway and other stores in the town. Crime is the demographic is key to this locations closure and the one in Harper Woods, Michigan. Matteson, Illinois is another location that is no longer located in a profitable area, retail is on a landslide in the town and Target leaving is only doing themselves a favor, and no one else, citizens of Matteson will now have to drive out of town for another reason to shop. 

     Romeoville, Illinois is a completely different story than the other three stores, its in a very calm, and pleasant community. This stores only problem is that it was built because Target could open it at a time it made sense. Opening around 2006, before the recession hit, this location and a few small stores were built across from a new Walmart. Target has several other locations only a few miles from this one in Bolingbrook, Lemont, and Joliet. This store, although serving Romeoville, people here will just have to drive a few more minutes to a neighboring Target.

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