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Old 11-10-2008, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Chicago: Beverly, Woodlawn
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Is it my imagination or has Fox and Obel been gradually getting suckier over the past few months? The latest blow seems to be the sudden end of their free valet parking (was one of the great deals in the city), but equally importantly it seems less and less special and run in a less cozy and stricter and more corporate way. Has anyone else noticed, or have I just become old and testy?
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:58 PM
 
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They must be growing too fast. I've seen the same thing before from other "luxury" chains.

I haven't noticed it at Fox and Obel (I've only been in there a few times), but it wouldn't surprise me.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:04 PM
 
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It's not much of a chain, seeing as how they have just the one location. Good thing they pulled out of the Carson's building redevelopment. Those college kids have enough to worry about without having to deal with a strict grocery store.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago: Beverly, Woodlawn
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Not yet, but several people told me that they have major short-term expansion plans. Sorry for my ignorance but what is the Carson's building and in what sense was F&O involved?

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It's not much of a chain, seeing as how they have just the one location. Good thing they pulled out of the Carson's building redevelopment. Those college kids have enough to worry about without having to deal with a strict grocery store.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Chicago - Logan Square
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Not yet, but several people told me that they have major short-term expansion plans. Sorry for my ignorance but what is the Carson's building and in what sense was F&O involved?
Carson Pirie Scott building was designed by Louis Sullivan and has been a MAJOR Chicago landmark for over 100 years. It was closed as a department store a couple years ago and is being re-purposed for other retail uses (as well as housing offices and some space for the SAIC). Fox and Obel was supposed to be one of the anchor tenants for the redevelopment of the building.
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Old 11-10-2008, 08:22 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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What the hell is Fox and Obel; a law firm or a jeweler?
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:07 AM
 
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It's some failed Streeterville grocery store that purported to be a "Dean & Deluca" but ended up barely like Whole Foods or a "new" upscale Jewel.

I have literally no idea how they have lasted as long as they have.
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:51 AM
 
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It's not much of a chain, seeing as how they have just the one location.
Hmmm... That place had "chain" written all over it. I had no idea it was a single-store operation!
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:53 AM
 
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It's some failed Streeterville grocery store that purported to be a "Dean & Deluca" but ended up barely like Whole Foods or a "new" upscale Jewel.
Oh, come on! It's better than any Jewel or Whole Foods. Or maybe not "better", but definitely more high-end. Jewel sucks.
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Old 11-11-2008, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Chicago: Beverly, Woodlawn
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I thought it was the best store in chicago, did all of my shopping there. it is a step above whole foods and more for people who care what their food tastes like. comment about jewel was ignorant or just intended to elicit a reaction.
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