Costco has very good quality meat. Most of the supermarkets around here
no longer sell USDA graded meat, having come up with their own marketing
where they sell what USDA would grade as the low "Select" grade.
Apparently they decided that selling to people that don't care about
quality is more profitable, and are willing to lose the customers that
Some of the high-end stores sell USDA choice and prime, but their
regular prices are higher than Costco.
I work installs for a chain here in Canada and the big advantage we
have over small contractors is that the companie stands behind it and
will fix it . I have heard so many Mike Holmes stories that you would
not have the space to put them in . Suffice to say there are a lot of
shisters out there and HD, RONA, or Lowes usaully stand behind there
work so as cust you are not left screwed.
I'd be more inclined to agree with you if I had not heard so many horror
stories of people NOT being satisfied by Sears, HD, Lowes, etc when problems
arose. Referrals from friends is an important factor in who I choose to do
Are you actually an employee of the chain? If so, that's far different
than the various big box stores and chains in the US which use
independent contractors as their installation vehicle. This is a
deliberate choice for tax/benefits reasons under US code but I'm
personally convinced(*) they also use it to be able to claim liability
for installation is not their problem.
(*) Based on enough anecdotal evidence here and news reports,
acquaintances, etc., that I've been convinced it's more than just
Chicago doesn't have one because they want to tell WalMart how to run
WalMart and impose all sorts of conditions on their operation. So WalMart
opens stores in the suburbs, right across the street from the city limits.
Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Government officials and activists flying to Bali,
Indonesia, for the United Nations meeting on climate change will cause
What's fair about a governmental entity interposing itself between a willing
buyer and willing seller? The government, with the power of fines, firearms,
and flogging can impose its will. That's hardly fair.
But we'll never know inasmuch as Walmart chose not to compete on the city's
Walmart did not open a store in Chicago because the re-zoning necessary for
its facility mandated a $10/hour wage with $3/hr in benefits. These "rules"
applied only to the area Walmart wanted and not to any other business in the
city. Walmarts decision did not rest on the absence of tax breaks.
Fortunately we don't have zoning in Houston.
I have real problems with Wal Mart when it demands (and gets) a city to
essentially pay the costs of land and part of their building expenses. Of
course, some people are childish and will say "Oh yeah? Well so-and-so got
the same deal." It's still wrong, even though that's the exact kind of deal
George W. Bush and his investors got when they raised local taxes to pay for
the Texas Rangers' stadium.
I understand Gander Mountain steadfastly refuses this kind of handout,
preferring instead to stand on its own two feet. I knew there was a reason I
liked their store, other than the fact that I just like it.
At least in Indiana, they are not only refusing this kind, but
actively suggesting that cities shouldn't be doing this kind of stuff in
the first place.
BY PATRICK GUINANE, Times of Northwest Indiana
INDIANAPOLIS | A competing outdoors retailer has been lobbying state
officials to put the lid on government subsidies for a Cabela's in
Hammond and Bass Pro Shops in Portage.
The message is that Gander Mountain doesn't need government assistance,
and neither should its competitors.
This fall, a public relations firm connected to the Minnesota-based
Gander Mountain sent Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels and top officials at
the Indiana Economic Development Corp. a report titled, "Leveling the
Playing Field: Making the Case for Limiting Government Incentives for
The report was paid for by Oppidan, a Minnesota investment company that
is the exclusive developer for Gander Mountain stores.
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