Friday, April 24, 2009

Anyone See the Link?

  • Mayor Daley today questioned why union leaders hell bent on preventing Wal-Mart from expanding in Chicago have allowed suburban Wal-Marts to ring the city without saying a word.

    But, the mayor flatly declared that Ald. Howard Brookins (21st) doesn't stand a prayer in his quest to pass an amended redevelopment agreement that would allow Wal-Mart to build it's second Chicago store -- and first super-center that sells groceries -- at a former Chatham industrial site at 83rd and Stewart.

  • Jewel-Osco announced today it will slash prices up to 20 percent on thousands of products to help budget-conscious and strapped shoppers.

    A Jewel-Osco spokeswoman acknowledged that Chicago was chosen for the so-called "Big Relief Price Cut" program because of the market's "competitive environment," among other factors. Jewel-Osco has been feeling pressure from the openings of new local Wal-Mart stores that sell groceries.

So Wal-Mart isn't allowed to open stores in the city due to union pressure, even as they open stores all around suburbia, which in turn is driving long time Chicago icons Jewel-Osco (and Dominick's we're sure) to post 20% cuts just to attract customers.

We already do all our shopping out of the city. When we can, we do it out of Cook County, too. And the above articles are merely tens of thousands of others doing exactly the same thing with their wallets.

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39 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"If you build it they will come"

4/24/2009 12:47:00 AM  
Blogger leomemorial said...

I try to shop out of the city as well.

Have you guys noticed all the EMPTY businesses while patroling in our city?!?!??!?!??!

Check out all the "for sale, for lease, for rent, etc."

CHICAGO... THE NEW DETROIT!

4/24/2009 01:01:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I Leave the county to shop on principle alone.

4/24/2009 01:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Crain's today:

SEIU, the big union that represents many government workers, has a new poll up on Mayor Richard M. Daley with some fairly bleak numbers for Hizzoner.

The poll shows twice as many Chicagoans think the mayor's job performance is poor (24%) as excellent (12%), with 56% rating him fair or poor. Just 34% of those surveyed think Chicago is headed in the right direction, with Hispanic and African-American voters particularly critical.

The survey, of course, comes in the midst of a terrible economic downturn in which few veteran public officials are getting much praise. But the mayor had likely be happy he doesn't have to run for re-election for nearly two years.

4/24/2009 01:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone sing!

Happy Birthday Little Richie, Happy Birthday to you.

Happy Birthday Mayor Daley, who will you blame if we don't get the Games...?

Chalkie!

4/24/2009 01:43:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Justice No Peace...

Still No Contract!

4/24/2009 02:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

17 June will be the 1st anniversary of the last time I spent more then $2 in Chicago - I paid $3 for an ice cream at a little league game. We even order our pizza from a place in a nearby suburb...just because!

Keep it up! Give him ZERO revenue to steal and use for Olympic bribes and contracts.

When they fuck you, fuck back as hard as you can.

4/24/2009 03:55:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Screw Daley & Toddler !!!! I enjoy shopping outside Chicago/Crook County.

4/24/2009 05:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now dalaey-the 50 cowards-and stroger are costing jewel money in lost sales! The walmarts are much cheaper,and out of crook county taxes are much less also,so again they have fucked the business people! 1 more year bye to shitcago,and crook county but in my last year I hope and PRAY Patrick Fitzgerald stays busy putting away the thieves at the hall,county,and state!

4/24/2009 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell Day:

On April 24, 1989, 20 years ago today, Richard M Daley turned 47 and assumed the office of Mayor of the City of Chicago.

Today, April 24, 2009, is the anniversary of that terrible day. On that day the scourge of Daley the 2nd began. And soon after followed corruption taken to a new level.

4/24/2009 06:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Hot Pursuit said...

I'm not an economist or a Wall Street wizard, I'm just a cop, but hell even Ray Charles can see that when you tax the hell out of business they just look for a friendlier environment. Hell a safer one too.

4/24/2009 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous HATER said...

i like sams club.

THEY ARE ALWAYS PASSING OUT SAMPLES

4/24/2009 07:47:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Jewel drops their prices 20% in Chicago, then even with the highest sales tax in the country, you're still coming in 10% cheaper than shopping elsewhere. Whats your beef SCC?

4/24/2009 08:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In a TV interview several weeks ago, Brookins said that first we get Wal-Mart to build the store and later on we will DEMAND higher wages. I'm sure that encouraged the Wal-Mart folks.

4/24/2009 08:17:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is no way that jewel can compete with butera or tony's because jewel has unionized employees. the deli and meat prices are outrageous at jewel and dominicks.

4/24/2009 08:25:00 AM  
Blogger Dan said...

We already do all our shopping out of the city. When we can, we do it out of Cook County, too. And the above articles are merely tens of thousands of others doing exactly the same thing with their wallets.I know that I have deprived the city/county/state of about $1K in tax revenue this year alone, by buying in Indiana.

4/24/2009 08:35:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SEIU, the big union that represents many government workers, has a new poll up on Mayor Richard M. Daley with some fairly bleak numbers for Hizzoner.

The poll shows twice as many Chicagoans think the mayor's job performance is poor (24%) as excellent (12%), with 56% rating him fair or poor. Just 34% of those surveyed think Chicago is headed in the right direction, with Hispanic and African-American voters particularly critical.

The survey, of course, comes in the midst of a terrible economic downturn in which few veteran public officials are getting much praise. But the mayor had likely be happy he doesn't have to run for re-election for nearly two years.

4/24/2009 01:30:00 AM

I posted several weeks ago that I was called for the poll. They also asked about J-Fed, so wonder why that result isn't being released. Happy to see these #s, though:

And when asked to rate a series of programs "that some people say would be a good use for the two billion dollars in unused money," here is how the survey-takers responded:

80% liked "more money for police and community crime fighting"

80% liked "funding summer jobs programs for teens"

75% liked "fund[ing] job training programs"

72% liked funding a foreclosure prevention program

72% liked "provid[ing] grants to local manufacturers of energy efficient building products

66% liked "grants to non-profit organizations to build more affordable housing"

23% liked "setting this money aside to bid for the Olympics and pay for it"

4/24/2009 09:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hop across to Indiana to shop, fuck this City and Fuck this State. They can keep on giving to the Welfare recipients fuck them.

4/24/2009 09:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only LINK that I see is the purple credit card that we get charged for........

4/24/2009 09:46:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shit, I buy big ticket items and once a month shopping sprees as WalMart and Costco in Wisconsin! Their sales tax is 5.6% I'm not throwing any more money into this shit city that taxes me to the hilt because I'm forced to live here.

4/24/2009 11:11:00 AM  
Blogger DAMD Tech said...

Here is a basic stat, I bought a diet coke at Walgreen's on Fullerton in the city, cost: $1.67, same day, same exact item, same price near my home in south burbs but still Cook County, cost: $1.38. The city taxes and whatever was .29 additional cents. I do plan my shopping and spend most of my money in Will County.

4/24/2009 11:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bibbity bobbity jibbity

I'll get yuse guys fer messn wit my birtday.

sshanks

4/24/2009 11:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

ANYWHERE BUT SHITCAGO!!!!!!!
AND CROOK COUNTY IF YOU CAN HELP IT!!!!!

WOOHOO!

4/24/2009 12:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hell Day:

On April 24, 1989, 20 years ago today, Richard M Daley turned 47 and assumed the office of Mayor of the City of Chicago.

Today, April 24, 2009, is the anniversary of that terrible day. On that day the scourge of Daley the 2nd began. And soon after followed corruption taken to a new level.

4/24/2009 06:54:00 AM

We need term limits.

4/24/2009 12:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But your house will decline in value and you will never see a pay raise by following Sccs advise on that pearl of wisdom

4/24/2009 12:42:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...driving long-time Chicago icons Jewel-Osco (and Dominick's we're sure) to post 20% cuts just to attract customers." -- SCC

I'm not so sure about Dominick's. They are pulling as hard as they can the other way, and it may well kill them in today's market.

"We are encouraged by the favorable consumer response to our 'lifestyle stores' and intend to build on that momentum in the coming year," said Dominick’s president, Don Keprta.

"The new format features subdued lighting and earth tone decorating schemes and prominently features prepared meals, fresh-baked bread and more upscale items, including an extensive selection of wines...a more attractive, almost intimate place stocked with easy-to-consume premium products.

"Dominick’s is owned by Safeway Inc. of Pleasanton, Calif., which has been working toward renovating its 1,700 stores around the country...to offer a...variety of higher-end food products.

"You are going to sell higher-priced items with higher [profit] margins."http://archives.chicagotribune.
com/2007/feb/03/business/chi-
0702030033feb03

I hate Dominicks. This arose from the very strong impression they worked so hard to give me in so many ways that they hate me and my family.

The last time I shopped at a Dominick's, I left my entire order on the belt and walked out over a fifty-cent discount -- and some twentysomething nothing of a stud-in-her-tongue checkout girl from another lane who was off the clock actually followed me out into the parking lot making militant speeches about what a great store Dominick's was.

We could sure tell who was scared about losing her job, couldn't we? (snicker)

I'm not paying high prices so that they can keep an artist on the staff to do elaborate hand-drawn price signs new every day; literally portraits of celery in multi-colored chalks.

What next? String quartet?

The bigger they are...

"Once I built a tower, now it's done. Buddy, can you spare a dime?"

4/24/2009 02:44:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Have you guys noticed all the EMPTY businesses while patroling in our city?!?!??!?!??!

"Check out all the "for sale, for lease, for rent, etc."

"CHICAGO... THE NEW DETROIT!

--4/24/2009 01:01:00 AM

...and you can often see that the last inhabitant of the storefront before it emptied out was "Real Estate Castle," "Mortgage Gallery," "Me And My Cousin From Poland Who Got Here Last Week Condominium Developments," etc.

Last in -- first out.

Hey. Speculators. "Flippers."

It's over.

O-V-E-R.

4/24/2009 02:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

O/T I was called by a survey co. last night, asking how I rate Quinn, L.Madigan, shoretshanks, Brosnahan, Lipinski, K Joyce, Rugai, and 19th w committeeman O'Shea. Last question, between Joyce and Lipinski, who would I vote for for Congress! Looks like Lipinski could go back to teaching if the Joyces and Daleys have had enough of him!

4/24/2009 03:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dick is just keeping his partners (union leaders) happy.
His asking why union leaders keep quiet on suburban wallmart expansion is just lip service for the media.

4/24/2009 03:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Today, April 24, 2009, is the anniversary of that terrible day. On that day the scourge of Daley the 2nd began. And soon after followed corruption taken to a new level.

4/24/2009 06:54:00 AM


It was also the beginning of the slow death of the CPD.


Retired..............and loving it.

4/24/2009 05:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not one to agree with hizonner on too many subjects but he's right on this one. Why would the unions be against bringing bussiness to a economically depressed area? They seem to be holding Wal Mart to a different standard in the city than in the suburbs. If unionization is good for the city,then it's good for the burbs.Making a depressed area ground zero is WRONG. The only thing this does is send money,jobs and tax revenue to towns like Evergreen Park.They're not hurting Wal Mart all those shoppers will just travel a few miles west and STILL give Wal Mart their money.

4/24/2009 10:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
If Jewel drops their prices 20% in Chicago, then even with the highest sales tax in the country, you're still coming in 10% cheaper than shopping elsewhere. Whats your beef SCC?

4/24/2009 08:02:00 AM

I think you need to improve your reading comprehension. Jewel is losing sales since they currently charge much more than Wal-Mart, Ultra, Tony's, etc., everyone except Dominicks.

Jewel is dropping some of their current prices by up to 20%, that does not mean that they are charging 20% less than everyone else. Plus this is for Chicagoland, not just Chicago. So if you want to shop at Jewel, it will still be cheaper to do it in the burbs.

4/24/2009 10:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

leomemorial said...
I try to shop out of the city as well.

Have you guys noticed all the EMPTY businesses while patroling in our city?!?!??!?!??!

Check out all the "for sale, for lease, for rent, etc."

CHICAGO... THE NEW DETROIT!

4/24/2009 01:01:00 AM

Yeah, and ride around your neighborhood and notice all the empty homes. The plywood business is picking up, though.

4/24/2009 11:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Hell Day:

On April 24, 1989, 20 years ago today, Richard M Daley turned 47 and assumed the office of Mayor of the City of Chicago.

Today, April 24, 2009, is the anniversary of that terrible day. On that day the scourge of Daley the 2nd began. And soon after followed corruption taken to a new level.

4/24/2009 06:54:00 AM

We need term limits.

4/24/2009 12:22:00 PM


Shouldn't he have been forced to leave when he turned 62 like the rest of us? WTF???

4/24/2009 11:20:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"there is no way that jewel can compete with butera or tony's because jewel has unionized employees. the deli and meat prices are outrageous at jewel and dominicks.

4/24/2009 08:25:00 AM"


Yep, it's them damn unions.....

No, no, not OUR union, God forbid WE decertify OUR union and willingly submit to working for whatever pittance the midget deems we're worth, but, sure, let's all bitch about nickels and dimes being added to the cost of a fucking loaf of bread.

4/24/2009 11:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walmart doesn't need Chicago anyway. They are located at every bordering suburb. If I was CEO of Walmart I wouldn't put a store in the City because of the Daley Machine.

4/25/2009 09:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No, no, not OUR union, God forbid WE decertify OUR union and willingly submit to working for whatever pittance the midget deems we're worth, but, sure, let's all bitch about nickels and dimes being added to the cost of a fucking loaf of bread.

4/24/2009 11:41:00 PM

HEY DUMB ASS.ALL THE NICKLES AND DIMES ADD UP.

4/25/2009 12:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"HEY DUMB ASS.ALL THE NICKLES AND DIMES ADD UP.

4/25/2009 12:08:00 PM"


Yes, they do, and not just for your cheap ass.

But don't let that get in the way of your being a hypocrite.

You want the better wages that your being unionized brings you, but you don't want to support any other working people getting similar benefits from their being unionized.

No, you'd rather spend your higher wages, (higher because of your being a unionized worker), on cheaper shit made overseas, by exploited laborers, imported by slick corporations and marked up far above it's actual cost to manufacture, than to pay fair value for goods made by unionized American workers.

Yep, you're a real American all right.

4/25/2009 06:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jewel's "Big Relief Price Cut" is more bright-red poster ink than substance; really pretty much another supermarket sale.

I was at a Jewel tonight, and bought some things which were about the same price they were the last time.

The Jewel flyer offers "Large Mangoes -- 67 cents each (without store card, $1.49."

The same nice mangoes were 50 cents each at a smaller independent store a day or two ago.

Got a ways to go before this turns into the WPA or the New Deal.

Kinda cynical and opportunistic if you ask me...

4/28/2009 11:30:00 PM  

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