I am doing some writing and need some help. Possibly some of our American
readers can provide me with some information. I need the names of a few
retail businesses that have unusual names that appear to have nothing to do
with the business that they are doing.
I will give you an example from here in Canada: Canadian Tire Corporation
and London Drugs. While Canadian Tire does sell tires and started out only
selling tires, they now concentrate on retail sporting goods, hardware,
tools, house wares, work clothing, gardening supplies and garden plants,
auto parts and auto repairs. London Drugs sells the usual drug store things
but also sells software, computers, home electronics such as TVs. I am sure
there are others but they don't come to mind.
What I am looking for are US based retailers that have similar business
models that bare little or no relationship to their business name. I am sure
that when someone gives me the name(s) I will think "I know that company,
why didn't I think of that". Can you help?
Well..."K-mart" was for "Kresge" and "Wal-mart" was for "Walton", which
were/are both the names of the founding families. Not exactly a long - seek.
You might try google-ing thing before posting these moronic questions...
Don't know if it has anything to do with reality, but the name is
supposed to imply one of those warehouse companies that deals in
damaged, lost and strayed freight from a shipping port. Sorta like Big
Lots used to deal in industrial surplus and returns from failed stores
(which they actually did), versus the purpose-manufactured crap that is
95% of their stock in recent years. It is the mostly the same 'outlet
store' scam, just for hard goods instead of clothes, and with
On Sat, 23 May 2009 19:45:15 -0400, "JoeSpareBedroom"
And try to buy a "canadian" built tire at Canadian tire today. When
looking for tires for my daughters acr, only 2 available lines were
manufactured in North America - one in Canada, the other in the
southern USA. EVERYTHING else was chinese or Korean (1 line IIRC)
On Sun, 24 May 2009 15:13:29 -0500, The Daring Dufas
My experience is they last longer than the Chinese, and they gave
employment to a lot of my neighbors here in what WAS "rubbertown"
We had BFG, Goodyear, and UniRoyal plants here in Kitchener along with
Greb, Bauer and Kauffman shoe - all in the rubber business in one way
or another. All gone now - along with all the jobs (along with Yhyssen
Krupp (formerly Budd Canada and lately Kitchener frame) over half the
jobs at Lear Seating, and most of the tool and die, metal stamping,
and other "manufacturing" jobs in the Kitchener-Waterloo area.
Just went from the lowest unemployment of any region in Canada to one
of the top 4 - virtually overnight.
Just for the heck of it, I checked to see if the Goodyear
plant is still open in Gadsden, AL which is in the North
Eastern corner of the state. When I was in college, that
was the place everyone wanted to work besides the steel
mill. At the time, the starting wage was in excess of
$3.00 an hour. Of course gasoline was 22 cents a gallon
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