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Old 09-28-2017, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Mauldin/Greenville
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A new retailer entering a market is a legitimate news story. Impact to other retailers is a second news story. WBTV said that Indian Land was the first Lidl in the Charlotte market. It was the first in the MSA. Shelby is in the CSA & is in the Charlotte retail & broadcast markets. That opening should have had equal billing. Natives west of Charlotte resent stations deliberately giving a bad impression of the towns by not covering good news there. I'm aware of some attempts by WBTV to inject themselves into the fabric of life west of Charlotte. They were not involved with groceries, so I'm not detailing those in this thread. I've worked with a number of reporters who've gone to the networks. Some things are SOP. They should not have had an interview with a Walmart manager in the Lidl opening story. Just read some data about prices being forced down after a tape package of store openings.

The feel-good girl was in Shelby. She should have been sent to cover the other Lidl opening, then run that package from the interview today.
The feel-good girl was back in Shelby today covering the Cleveland County Fair ... But back to supermarkets, this week Publix has their store brand ice cream on sale for 2 for $6, or $3.00 each. Very good price for full size container, and their Publix ice cream is very good. I got the Cookies and Cream and the Chocolate Moose Tracks. That should hold me over for the next month or so.
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Old 09-28-2017, 08:44 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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The feel-good girl was back in Shelby today covering the Cleveland County Fair ... But back to supermarkets, this week Publix has their store brand ice cream on sale for 2 for $6, or $3.00 each. Very good price for full size container, and their Publix ice cream is very good. I got the Cookies and Cream and the Chocolate Moose Tracks. That should hold me over for the next month or so.
LOL, I was talking with a couple of women at Ingles & they were not happy that WBTV chose to ignore the Shelby Lidl opening. In both cases they then said that they assumed that the station didn't want to send somebody out to cover it. I pointed out that they had someone out there to do a feel-good story. Both of them thanked me & said that they planned to bring that up to some people. Who knows? Maybe the station got some complaints. Why else would they send her back out to Shelby if they didn't get blowback.

I'm going to Lidl tomorrow in Gastonia. I just wasn't in the mood for a madhouse today. I did the grand-reopening of the Aldi. One madhouse in a year was enough for me.
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Old 09-29-2017, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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The feel-good girl was back in Shelby today covering the Cleveland County Fair ... But back to supermarkets, this week Publix has their store brand ice cream on sale for 2 for $6, or $3.00 each. Very good price for full size container, and their Publix ice cream is very good. I got the Cookies and Cream and the Chocolate Moose Tracks. That should hold me over for the next month or so.
$3.00 is extremely expensive for ice cream bought in a supermarket.
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Old 09-29-2017, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Huntersville
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$3.00 is extremely expensive for ice cream bought in a supermarket.
$3 is a great price for a full half gallon of very good ice cream.

On the other point, I'm not seeing how the choice of which Lidl opening to cover reflects any bias toward an area, when you consider that:

The Indian Land store is 28 minutes drive time from WBTV, and the population within 10 miles of it is just under 260,000

The Shelby store is 46 minutes drive from WBTV, and population within 10 miles is slightly over 80,000

Seems like an easy and logical choice to cover the store that is closest, and which has more than 3X the people in the market.

This is a very cool website FYI. https://www.freemaptools.com/find-population.htm
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:00 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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$3 is a great price for a full half gallon of very good ice cream.
I didn't know Publix sells half gallon ice cream. Most places are 48oz. Are we talking about the same size?

A standard 48oz container I usually get for around $2 because I'll buy on sale with coupons.....

Surprisingly I'll get that super deal at Harris teeter when they have 'buy 2 get 3 free' on their Turkey Hill brand...

Also, Walmart's ice cream checks out around $2/tub....not as fond as the Turkey Hill, but the kids dont really care.
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Old 09-29-2017, 12:16 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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$3 is a great price for a full half gallon of very good ice cream.

On the other point, I'm not seeing how the choice of which Lidl opening to cover reflects any bias toward an area, when you consider that:

The Indian Land store is 28 minutes drive time from WBTV, and the population within 10 miles of it is just under 260,000

The Shelby store is 46 minutes drive from WBTV, and population within 10 miles is slightly over 80,000

Seems like an easy and logical choice to cover the store that is closest, and which has more than 3X the people in the market.

This is a very cool website FYI. https://www.freemaptools.com/find-population.htm
The thing is that they had a "reporter" in Shelby. She could have covered the Shelby Lidl opening & done her interview. Reporters frequently cover multiple stories in one day. They could have covered both. Covering the Shelby opening would have meant more to people west of Charlotte, who feel ignored unless there's crime, preferably a violent crime.

The reality is that if the people west of Charlotte get annoyed enough to lodge a complaint with the FCC, the stations will be forced to give equal treatment to all of their viewing area. I've seen that before, elsewhere.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:02 PM
 
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LOL, I was talking with a couple of women at Ingles & they were not happy that WBTV chose to ignore the Shelby Lidl opening. In both cases they then said that they assumed that the station didn't want to send somebody out to cover it. I pointed out that they had someone out there to do a feel-good story. Both of them thanked me & said that they planned to bring that up to some people. Who knows? Maybe the station got some complaints. Why else would they send her back out to Shelby if they didn't get blowback.

I'm going to Lidl tomorrow in Gastonia. I just wasn't in the mood for a madhouse today. I did the grand-reopening of the Aldi. One madhouse in a year was enough for me.
"Feel good girl's" name is Kristin Hampton. I can't see her covering the opening of yet another grocery store in the area or the fact that Walmart lowered their egg prices. Neither of those give you the warm and fuzzies.
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Old 09-29-2017, 01:47 PM
 
Location: The place where the road & the sky collide
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"Feel good girl's" name is Kristin Hampton. I can't see her covering the opening of yet another grocery store in the area or the fact that Walmart lowered their egg prices. Neither of those give you the warm and fuzzies.
Shelby lost a lot of retail with the mill closures in the area. They've been fighting to replace it. A new grocery store opening in Shelby IS a feel good story for that community.
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Old 09-29-2017, 08:18 PM
 
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Did you make it to Lidl today, southbound (or anyone)?
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Old 09-29-2017, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Charlotte Metro Area
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I didn't know Publix sells half gallon ice cream. Most places are 48oz. Are we talking about the same size?

A standard 48oz container I usually get for around $2 because I'll buy on sale with coupons.....

Surprisingly I'll get that super deal at Harris teeter when they have 'buy 2 get 3 free' on their Turkey Hill brand...

Also, Walmart's ice cream checks out around $2/tub....not as fond as the Turkey Hill, but the kids dont really care.
Publix brand is a full half gallon and every flavor is good. YMMV but their sales usually include their specialty limited time flavors, premium flavors, and Greenwise organic flavors.
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