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Old 03-29-2011, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Giant Eagle is not doing that well overall, they have been losing a substantial portion of their business to Walmart. The fuel perks program has saved them, which is why what started out as a temporary program, has become permanent.

I don't think you can call GE a monopoly, and I don't think their high prices are from inflated profit margins. They're just trying to keep their doors open as Walmart is trying to close them.
You must not be from Pittsburgh. Giant Eagle has the highest share of any supermarket chain in the Pittsburgh area, largely due to being a de-facto monopoly in the region (only Aldi and stores supplied by Supervalue such as Shop 'n Save, FoodLand, and Save-A-Lot even have a presence in the area, let alone significant market share). They are the only game in town. Walmart is not in the ballgame yet, but it making tiny strides. Guess we will all be drinking Chinese apple juice soon enough when they take over.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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You must not be from Pittsburgh. Giant Eagle has the highest share of any supermarket chain in the Pittsburgh area, largely due to being a de-facto monopoly in the region (only Aldi and stores supplied by Supervalue such as Shop 'n Save, FoodLand, and Save-A-Lot even have a presence in the area, let alone significant market share). They are the only game in town. Walmart is not in the ballgame yet, but it making tiny strides. Guess we will all be drinking Chinese apple juice soon enough when they take over.
I've lived in the Pittsburgh area my whole life, so I know it's them and Walmart slugging it out right now.

My info comes from someone that works for GE (not in one of the stores).
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:55 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I've lived in the Pittsburgh area my whole life, so I know it's them and Walmart slugging it out right now.

My info comes from someone that works for GE (not in one of the stores).
Well that is good news. I get tired of the dumb GE monopoly. They have had that long enough. Competition is good! Go Walmart. Better yet, I wish that supermarket everyone raves over would come here.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:41 PM
 
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People may complain about walmart but the competition will help drive down food prices. Whether we realize it or not, in American we have a good supply of food. We have such a wide selection and good quality food. The problem is the prices are so high we are not use to having to eat on the cheap. I tried and could not. I enjoy a variety and eat for the taste and pleasure. This is bad in the sense it has lead to me spending more and leading me to absorb the cost.
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Old 03-29-2011, 10:19 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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I'd rather see Wegman's battle GE as opposed to Wal-Mart. I hate eating Chinese food.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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I'd rather see Wegman's battle GE as opposed to Wal-Mart. I hate eating Chinese food.
Yeah that is the store that I want. Copanut, are you not going to open one up. Maybe you can open one close to the Highland Park Bridge, so it is close to me.
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Old 03-30-2011, 11:44 AM
 
Location: ELFS
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Yeah that is the store that I want. Copanut, are you not going to open one up. Maybe you can open one close to the Highland Park Bridge, so it is close to me.
Highland Park could use a grocery store in any case.
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Old 03-30-2011, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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Highland Park could use a grocery store in any case.
I would love it, but with Target, Whole Foods, Giant Eagle (3) and Trader Joes so close, I don't think we will see it.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:55 PM
 
Location: Great White North Hills
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Yeah that is the store that I want. Copanut, are you not going to open one up. Maybe you can open one close to the Highland Park Bridge, so it is close to me.
Not me, not in that biz. GE dominates this area big time, when my friends closed Amarraca, GE took over their lease so no one else could use it as a grocery store.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:12 PM
 
Location: ɥbɹnqsʇʇıd
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Not me, not in that biz. GE dominates this area big time, when my friends closed Amarraca, GE took over their lease so no one else could use it as a grocery store.
They probably did the same thing to the old GE that used to be in Brentwood on Brownsville Road. The place has been closed for years when it could be something else and remains a huge eye sore.
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