business news in context, analysis with attitude

We wrote last week about how Kroger seems to be playing offense against Wal-Mart in Atlanta, which prompted one member of the MNB community to write:

Yes, to be sure Kroger is clearly staying strong compared to other "National" retailers like Albertson's, Safeway, and Ahold. Their new stores are exceptional. One question though, how many points have they scored against Publix in the last 10 years?

MNB user David Livingston made a similar point:

In Atlanta Kroger and Publix and used Wal-Mart as muscle to move A&P, Winn Dixie, and Harris Teeter out of the market. Kroger seems to be a Wal-Mart survivor but for how long? They don't have the stamina and morale of a Publix. Could it be they are going to the whip too early in this horse race?

MNB user David Warrick chimed in:

Kroger built a super store just behind a Meijer’s in Huber Heights, Ohio (Dayton) several years ago.

So it isn’t just against Wal-Mart…

Regarding low-carb diets, one MNB user wrote:

One more thing to throw into the low carb frenzy.

Apparently, carbs are one of the things that helps your brain produce serotonin. So if you go on a low carb diet you'll likely be a bit bitchy and putt of (as with most diets when you deny yourself), but if you already have serotonin issues, you could really be doing some damage to your already compromised mental health (in more ways than one).

Sorry folks, it keeps coming back to everything in moderation and moving
your butt.

So that explains Mrs. Content Guy's attitude lately. (Knew it couldn't be us…)

We wrote last week about the need for supermarkets to focus on marketing to kids, and MNB user Douglas Madenberg wrote:

Kevin, two more smart reasons for supermarkets to cater to families with young kids: They generally spend more on groceries each week, and since they are more likely to be around for a while, their potential lifetime customer
value is greater. Definitely a smart investment.


Regarding the two self-described "military wives" opposing the construction of a Wal-Mart in their community, one MNB user made an interesting observation:

Of course they don't want a Wal-Mart, they can buy whatever they want at the commissary. But what about those who don't have that option?
Good point.

And on the general subject of citizens protesting certain kinds of construction, an MNB user wrote:

There is always going to be a bunch of crybabies. Even here in Wisconsin where Roundy's rules, Roundy's have been targeted by neighborhood groups trying to keep it from building a distribution center in Oconomowoc. Then just down the road residents are trying to keep it from building a Pick 'N Save. To Roundy's credit they are doing everything they can to satisfy the residents. Still, just like with Wal-Mart, the big guy in town always gets picked on. If it was a smaller retailer like Target or Kohls, no one would care because they don't get the bad press that gets people all stirred up.

Another MNB user wrote:

I dare say that the activists will always put out positive streams of how people are embracing their views, when, in reality, people are still going about their normal way with hardly a moments notice of all the hoo-raw until it affects them personally.

And in response to our reaction to The New Yorker cover of March 22, MNB user Alan Binder wrote:

I read the cover of the New Yorker, and all of a sudden, I was in the mood for sea urchin (weren't you?) But, I don't live in NY.

Hey, we're always in the mood for sea urchin.
KC's View: