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Old 09-12-2009, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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I could be mistaken but I think that the supermarket that is/was (?) on the northwest corner of Quaker and 19th was a United. In the '70s there were a lot of Furr's supermarkets all over town.
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Old 09-12-2009, 04:21 PM
 
Location: Beaverland, OR
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Yeah, United has been around for a long time. Many of my friends worked there as checkers/baggers when I was in high school (late 80s). There was more grocery competition then too. There was Furr's, as doctorjef points out. There was also Lowes (maybe it is still there?). Remember the Save-n-Gain at 82nd & Slide? We shopped there a lot...

Regarding HEB, every time this issue comes up, it is pointed out that HEB's distribution system prevents them from expanding out any further than a certain radius from their warehouses. Abilene and Big Spring are within this radius; Lubbock is not. I'm sure the competition from United is a big factor, but the distribution problem is the "official" reason.
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Old 09-12-2009, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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While I could believe that Abilene would be the legitimate limit of their territory, if they've got a store in Big Spring it just seems absurd that they can't be in Lubbock. Anyway, the distribution system and building of warehouses is surely their choice, so it would seem they are shy to enter competition in the Lubbock market. Yet if Lubbock doesn't have a Whole Foods or anything comparable, it would seem a great location for a big, well-placed Central Market with lots of hype. Surely they'd have a particular market niche absolutely cornered.
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:15 PM
 
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I would like to see an IKEA LOL!

A zoo would be fabulous, too.
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