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Old 04-18-2008, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles, Ca
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Thinking about it.. How long is a retailer suppose to last?
It's only so long can they keep up with the latest trends, or get taken over by a better one down the road.

and, besides. 5-10 years is awesome. and a long time.
i'd cry if i had to own a store for longer than that. XD
With the money that goes into it, management, stockholders, the distribution built up, the advertising....all to last for a few years or flame out early. Depends on what your goals are, but I imagine alot of the owners/stakeholders in failed chains thought they'd last longer.

Small mom and pop, 5-10 years might be great. But its a fairly small amount of time.

I've eaten at Carls Jr alot, I'm not sure what other states they're in besides California. In Chicago, their version of Carls Jr was Hardees...the same management?

Decent food, they do ok in California. Maybe 2nd or 3rd place. Jack in the Box and McDonalds do well. Per store, In-n-out probably does just as well (and they dont advertise as much as McDonalds or the big chains).
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Old 04-19-2008, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Pinal County, Arizona
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To see a true American success story in retailing, one only has to look to Nordstroms.

Their success is tied directly to their customer service model.
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:18 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in Flyover country
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I don't eat fast food very often,but I was impressed by Sonic (We recently got one in my area). The workers are polite ,the food is tasty (for fast food),and the service was good. Only downside--they are a bit more expensive than McDonald's,Burger King,etc. I've never seen a Carl's Jr. I don't think Carl's Jr. or Jack-in-the-Box are in the Eastern half of the country.
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Southwest Pa
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I don't think Carl's Jr. or Jack-in-the-Box are in the Eastern half of the country.
I did run into a J-I-T-B in Ocean City Maryland ages ago. Only one I've ever seen in the East but there must have been more. A memory I'l never forget, a place I dubbed the home of the "Big Constipatty Burger".
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:07 AM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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McDonalds is getting a lil more expensive but Im sure they are just keeping up with the times,but there food isnt all that good,We Have Carls Jr in Albuquerque,NM and we are getting a few Jack in the Box's by the end of the year,but I would still chose our local chain Blakes Lotaburgers over any of them.
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