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I was wondering what the major chains were in metro areas around the country. Specifically, what grocery stores, general big box retailers, pharmacies, convenience stores, fast food, restaurants, etc. and any others I forgot. Basically I would like to see how homogenized this country has become from a retail point of view

I'll start with the Providence, RI (and basically the Boston metro as well, we have pretty much the same).

Groceries: Super Stop & Shop, Shaws, PriceRite, and some Whole Foods

General Big: Walmart (unfortunately, although not until like 1997-8), Target, a few KMarts left, Home Depot, Lowes,

Major Department Stores: Macy's/Filenes, JC Penny, Nordstroms, Lord & Taylor, Kohls, Sears

Pharmacies: CVS, Brooks Pharmacy, Walgreens

Convenience: mostly 711, a few Cumbys, Mobile on the Run's, and Store 24's

Fast Food: the standards, McDonalds, BK, Wendys, also Taco Bell, KFC, Popeyes, Walt's Roast Beef,

Restaurants: Olive Garden, TGIF's, Ruby Tuesday, Smokey Bones, Applebees, Joe's American, Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, 99, mostly all in the suburbs, the city itself has a lot of authentic non-chain restaurants

Diners: Denny's, Bickford's, a few IHOP's

Coffee/Donut: Dunkin Donuts (dominates the area), Tim Hortons ( :sick: ), Honey Dew, Krispy Kreme

Movie Theaters: Showcase Cinemas, Hoyts and an IMAX

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This post brought to you by a collaborative effort by Cantnot and Dylan:

Groceries: Food Lion, Southern Family Markets, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Wellspring Whole Foods (owned by Whole Foods), Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Ingles. Up until recently, we had Winn Dixie and Bi-Lo. I wish we had Krogers.

General Big Boxes: Wal Mart, K-Mart, Target, Lowes, Home Depot

Major Department Stores: Belks, Hechts/Macy's, Sears, JC Penney, Dillards, Kohls

Pharmacies: CVS, Wallgreens, Eckerds, Kerr Drug

Fast Food: McDonalds, KFC, Wendys, Bojangles, Hardees, Burger King, Taco Bell, Arby's, Subway...the standards

Chain Restaurants: TGI Fridays (my former work place), Olive Garden, Applebees, Chilis, Ruby Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse, Lonestar, Fuddruckers, Tripps, Smokey Bones, Macaroni Grill, Hams (regional chain), PF Changs coming soon to Friendly Center

Diners: Dennys, IHOP, Steak n Shake, Waffle House, Jack's Diner, Jake's Diner Carolina Diner

Coffee/Donut: Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks

Movie Theaters: Regal, Carmike, Consolidated

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These are the major chains that I see on a regular basis in Minnesota:

Grocery: Coborns, Cub Foods, Rainbow Foods, Byerlies, Lunds, SuperTarget *all except SuperTarget are regional.*

(Most the rest are locally owned. In my city, we have 3 large, midscale grocery stores that are independently owned and one Super Wal-Mart)

General Big boxes: Target (Minnesota based), Home Depot, Menards, Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Pamida (small towns)

Smaller department stores: Herberger's

Mall-type stores: Too many to count. In my city: Deb, Maurice's, Rue 21, Vanity, Claire's, Famous Footwear, Footlocker... and coming soon, 20 new outlet stores! (Polo Ralph Lauren, Nike, Gap, etc.)

Major Department stores: Marshall Field's, J.C Penny's, Sears (I believe on the Mall of America has Bloomingdales, Nordstrom, or Macy's)

Pharmacies: I've only ever seen WalGreens. There are still a lot of independent pharmacies in Minnesota.

Fast food: Subway, McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Hardees, Arby's, Wendy's, Taco John's, Culvers

Chain Restaurants: Perkins (regional, but popular), Country Kitchen, Applebees, Chilis, TGI Friday's, Green Mill (regional Pizza/pasta), Ground Round, Champs, Tony Romas, Macaroni Grill, Olive Garden, Red Lobster (Of course, the Mall of America has everything you could want, like Bubba Gumps, Hooters, etc.)

Diners: IHop. Denny's is squelched out by Perkins, which is a restuarant, not a diner.

Coffee/Donut: Caribou (Minnesota based), Dunn Brother's, Brueger's Bagels, StarBucks, Krispy Kreme

Movie Theaters: CEC Theaters (the only one that I know)

In general, the upper midwest has a different mix of chains than the rest of the country. This is mostly becuase companies like Marshall Field's, Dayton's, Hudson's (and their brainchild, Target) were all founded here. I think we also tend to have more independently owned stores than other areas of the country. For example, I get my groceries, prescriptions, and often my lunch at independently owned places.. not because I'm the "hippy" anti-chain type of person (I like Applebees just as much as the next guy: Not very much) j/k. But really, it's just that they're grounded in the community and don't easily give up. Long live the cheesecake and wild rice soup of Raphael's Bakery!

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Augusta and Atlanta have the same types of chain stores:

Grocery: Kroger, Publix, Save Right, Food Lion, Bi Lo (Augusta only), Ingles, Cub Foods, Walmart, Whole

Foods

Big Box: Wal Mart, Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Kohls, Kmart, Office Depot, Borders, Barnes and Noble,

Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Toys R Us, Staples, ect...

Department Stores: Sears, Macys, Dillards, Nordstrom, Lord and Taylor, JC Penny, Bloomingdales, Saks 5th

Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Belks, ect...

Pharmacies: CVS, Eckerds, Walgreens

Fast Food: McDonalds, Burger King, Arbys, Wendys, Krystal, Dairy QueenTaco Bell, Hardees, Chick Fil A, KFC,

Sonic, Popeyes, Subway, Blimpie, Checkers, Zaxbys Pizza Hut, Dominos, Papa Johns, Little

Ceasars, ect...

Restaurants: Olive Garden, TGIF, Hooters, Ruby Tuesdays, Romano's Macaroni Grill, Longhorn Steakhouse,

Outback Steak House, Fuddruckers, Tony Romas (Augusta Only), Chilis, Applebees, Red Lobster,

O Charly's, Texas Roadhouse, Joe's Crabshack, Smokey Bones, On the Border, Carrabas,

Cheesecake Factory, ect...

Diners: Waffle House, Huddle House, Shoneys, Dennys, Waffle King, IHOP, Steak and Shake

Donut: Dunkin Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Starbucks

Movie Theaters: AMC, Carmike, Regal

By the way Recchia, do you guys have Alexanders Grocery Stores in RI? I lived in NH about 15 years ago and they had them there. Also, Friendlys were popular as well. I loved their food but there are none around here. I do remember Bickfords, good pancakes.

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Nope, no Alexanders, never heard of them actually. I did forget that we have Dave's Marketplace though, which is a local chain with something like 5 or 6 stores, all homegrown.

I wish we had Hardee's up here, just so I can have that 100gram of fat cheeseburger.

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This post brought to you by a collaborative effort by Cantnot and Dylan:

Groceries: Food Lion, Southern Family Markets, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Wellspring Whole Foods (owned by Whole Foods), Earth Fare, Fresh Market, Ingles. Up until recently, we had Winn Dixie and Bi-Lo. I wish we had Krogers.

General Big Boxes: Wal Mart, K-Mart, Target, Lowes, Home Depot

Major Department Stores: Belks, Hechts/Macy's, Sears, JC Penney, Dillards, Kohls

Pharmacies: CVS, Wallgreens, Eckerds, Kerr Drug

Fast Food: McDonalds, KFC, Wendys, Bojangles, Hardees, Burger King, Taco Bell, Arby's, Subway...the standards

Chain Restaurants: TGI Fridays (my former work place), Olive Garden, Applebees, Chilis, Ruby Tuesday, Texas Roadhouse, Lonestar, Fuddruckers, Tripps, Smokey Bones, Macaroni Grill, Hams (regional chain), PF Changs coming soon to Friendly Center

Diners: Dennys, IHOP, Steak n Shake, Waffle House, Jack's Diner, Jake's Diner Carolina Diner

Coffee/Donut: Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks

Movie Theaters: Regal, Carmike, Consolidated

yeah collaborative effort. Except, i say 'Belk' and 'Kroger' (no 's' at the end)

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Huntsville/North Alabama:

Grocery: Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix, Southern Family Markets (formerly Brunos), SuperTarget, Dollar General Market

Big Box-Wal-Mart, SuperTarget (no Targets), KMart, Kohls, JCPenney, Dillard's, Parisian, Sears, McRaes

Hardware: Lowes, Home Depot

Wholesale Clubs: Sam's Club, Costco

Bookstores: Books A Million, Barnes and Noble

Other: Office Depot, Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, Ross, Burlington Coat Factory, TJMaxx, hhgregg, Best Buy, Circuit City, Hobby Lobby, Pier 1, Big Lots, Staples, Toys R Us, Stein Mart, Marshalls, Goody's, PetSmart, Petco

Pharmacies: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

Fast-Food: McD's, BK, Wendys, Arbys, Taco Bell, Subway, KFC, Quiznos, Hardee's, Sonic, Captain D's, Chick-Fil-A, Zaxbys, Guthrie's, Jersey Mike's, Popeye's

Coffee/Bakery/Donut- Starbucks, Atlanta Bread, Krispy Kreme (I wish Dunkin Donuts came back :( )

Restaurants- Chilis, Shoney's, TGI Fridays, Moe's, Dreamland, Carraba's, Outback, Bonefish, Rosie's, Ruby Tuesday, Logans, Cracker Barrel, Macaroni Grill, Red Lobster, Ryans, O' Charley's, Olive Garden, Ruth's Chris (coming soon)

Diners- Waffle House, Huddle House, Denny's, Waffle King

Movie Theatres- Regal, Carmike, Rave (coming soon), IMAX

Gas Stations: Chevron, Texaco, Exxon, Conoco, Shell, Liberty, BP

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I couldnt live in the south, not enough Dunkin Donuts...

I guess I should do Albany, NY area a little. Basically the same as Providence/Boston, except there's Stewarts, which sucks, instead of 711; Price Chopper and Hannaford as the big supermarkets; and way less Dunkin Donuts and no real other coffee shops except Starbucks. Western NY has Wegman's too for supermarkets, and I heard they're amazing.

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Cool topic. I'm always interested to see what other area's of the country have for their convenience stores and supermarkets.

Here's Hartford, CT.

Groceries: Stop & Shop, Shaws, Waldbaums, Big Y, Wild Oats, Whole Foods.

General Big: Target, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot

Major Department Stores: Macy's/Filenes, JC Penny, Nordstroms, Lord & Taylor, Kohls, Sears

Pharmacies: CVS,Walgreens, Brooks, Rite Aid

Convenience: 7-11, Cumby's, Mobile on the Run's

Fast Food: McDonald's, Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy's, Subway, Quizno's.

Restaurants: Chili's, Olive Garden, TGIF's, Ruby Tuesday, Applebees, Joe's American, Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, 99

Diners: Denny's, Bickford's, a few IHOP's

Coffee/Donut: Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts (dominates New England/NYC area), a few Krispy Kreme's

Movie Theaters: Showcase Cinemas, Hoyts, Loews, and an IMAX

Gas Stations: Exxon, Mobile, Shell, Citgo, BP, Texaco

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Greater Seattle -

Groceries: Safeway, QFC, Albertson's, Fred Meyer, Larry's, Haggen/Top Foods, Thriftway, Metropolitan Market, Red Apple

General Big Box: Home Depot, Lowes, Target, Circuit City, Best Buy, Costco, Walmart, KMart

Other catergory killers: Barnes & Noble, Borders, Office Depot, Staples, Old Navy, Bed Bath & Beyond, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrell, Trader Joe's, Container Store, Sports Authority, Big 5

Major Department Stores: Nordstrom (Flagship in Seattle), Macy's, JCPenny, Sears, Mervyn's

Wholesale: Costco (HQ in Issaquah), Sam's Club

Pharmacies: Rite Aid, Bartell Drugs, Walgreens, CVS, Sav-on

Convenience: AM/PM, Circle K, 7-11, Plaid Pantry, Lucky 7, Jackpot

Fast Food: McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's, Jack in the Box, Taco Bell, KFC, Taco Del Mar, Taco Time, Dairy Queen, Arby's, Subway, Quiznos, Long John Silver's, Skippers, Panda Express, Fatburger, Popeye's, Blimpee, Baja Fresh, Pizza Hut, Dominoes, Papa John's, Round Table, Pizza Time, Papa Murphy's, World Wrapps, Chipotle, Godfathers Pizza

Restaurants: Red Robin, Azteca, Outback Steakhouse, Olive Garden, TGI Friday's, Ruby Tuesday, Applebees, Chili's, Tony Roma's, P.F. Chang's, Red Lobster, The Ram, McCormick & Schmick's, Cheesecake Factory, Macaroni Grill, Maggiano's Little Italy, Fox Sports Grill, Anthony's Homeport, Marie Callender's, Benihana, Black Angus, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Gordon Biersch, Sizzler, Old Spaghetti Factory, The Keg, California Pizza Kitchen, Chevy's Fresh Mex, Rainforest Cafe, Hooters, Fresh Choice, Claim Jumper, Old Country Buffet, Z' Tejas Southwestern Grill, Trader Vic's, Cucina! Cucina!

Diners: Denny's, IHOP, Shari's

Coffee/Donut: Starbucks, Seattle's Best Coffee, Winchell's, Krispy Kreme

Gas Stations: Chevron, Shell, Unocal 76, Texaco, Citgo, Safeway, Costco, ARCO, BP, Tesoro, Exxon

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oklahoma city

Groceries: aldi, albertsons, whole foods (coming soon), akin's, wal mart neighborhood market

General Big: walmart super, super target, khols, gordmans, old navy, home depot, lowes, sams, big lots

Major Department Stores: jc penny, sears, dillards, macys (soon)

Pharmacies: CVS, walgreens

Convenience: 7-11 etc...

Fast Food: micky d's, burger king, sonic, taco bell, taco cabana, arbys, carls junior, backyard burger, a & w, long john silvers, popeyes, wendys, churchs chicken, fazolis. kfc, jamba juice, pizza hut, papa johns, dominos, quiznos

Restaurants: Olive Garden, TGIF's, Ruby Tuesday, pf chang, macaronii grill, on the border, mimie's cafe, smokey bones, bravo, red robin, chillis, , outback, bellini's, abuelos, johnny corrinos, mahogony steakhouse

Diners: Denny's, ihop, pei wei

Coffee/Donut: dunkin donut, krispy kreme, winchels, starbucks

Movie Theaters: amc, tinsletown, harkins, hollywood, dickinson, regal,

others: best buy, ultimate electronics, circuit city, staples, hobby lobby, office depot, barnes & noble, borders, bed bath and beyond, pottery barn, books a million, pier one

gas station: conocophillips, shell, valero, sinclair, citgo, texaco, phillips 66, mobile, loves, exxon, chevron

man i'm tired of thinking of all the stuff

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Rocky Mount, Va.

Groceries: Wal-Mart, Kroger, Food Lion

General Big: Wal-Mart, Lowes, 84 Lumber, Big Lots

Major Department Stores: Peebles

Convenience: Sheetz

Fast Food: McDonald's, Burger King, Arbys, Hardee's, Wendys, KFC, Pizza Hut, Papa Johns, Quiznos, Subway

Restaurants: Applebee's

Gas Stations: Chevron, Shell, Texaco, BP, Exxon, Citgo

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I forgot to mention gas stations:

BP, Conoco, Citgo, SuperAmerica, Holiday... these make up the vast majority. I tend to prefer BP, because it's a better company.. and hate Holiday. I swear it makes my car run funny (it could also be psychological.. dunno).

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^ nice.

In University City Charlotte, we have every chain store on the planet, no joke. :) All of these chain establishments are within 2 miles of UNC Charlotte, if I were to go 5 miles out I would have to triple the length of this post. This area is an urbanites worst nightmare.

3 or 4 miles to the north is the Concord Mills retail area and that has many more chain stores.

I will miss many of the chain stores on my list:

Food: Harris Teeter, Bloom,

Hotels: Hilton, Sleep Inn, Residence Inn, Hampton Inn, Courtyard Marriott, Holiday Inn, Comfort Suites,

Big Box: Wal-Mart, Dicks, Sams Club, Circuit City, Home Depot, Target, Best Buy, Kohl's, Petsmart, Office Max, T.J. Maxx, Pier 1 Imports,

Clothing: Gap, Mens Wearhouse, Marshalls, Old Navy

Food: McDonald's, Burger King, Chic-Fil-A, Domino's, Papa Johns, Subway, Hardees, Arbys, OCharleys, Qdoba, IHOP, Outback, Quiznos, Little Ceasars, TCBY, Wendys, Hungry Howies, Fuddruckers, Bojangles, Bob Evans, TGI Fridays, Taco Bell, Chilis, Showmars, Waffle House, Starbucks, Macroni Grill, Jack in the box, Moe's,

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Grand Rapids, MI

Groceries: Meijer, Meijer and oh....Meijer, D&W, Family Fare, Aldi, Gordon's Food Service, no Whole Foods YET

Big Box: All, and Meijer (Wal-Mart of the Great Lakes)

Recent restaurant chains: O'Charleys, Boston's, Noodles&Co., The Melting Pot, On the Border, Johnny Carino's, Uno's Chicago Grill, Carabba's, Q-Doba, Macaroni Grill, Atlanta Bread Company (like Panera), Smokey Bones BBQ, Culver's, PF Chang (soon) and a bunch more, but I think independents outnumber chains still, especially downtown

Department Stores: Marshall Fields (soon to be Macy's), JCPenney, Younkers (out of NY), Kohls, Sears

Gas: BP, Marathon, Shell, Mobil

Recent specialty chains: Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Nordstrom Rack, DSW, Aldo, Ann Taylor Loft, Apple Store

Recent pharmacy: CVS

Staples just came in a short time ago, otherwise OfficeDepot and OfficeMax

Coffee shops: Starbucks, but far greater number of independents, with more opening all the time

Movie theaters: Celebration Cinemas, Cinemark, Star Theatres

Books: Schulers, Barnes&Noble

So yes, the whole country is the same as far as retail goes :P We have one of the worst retail chain strips in the Midwest, 28th Street (M-11), which is a 14 mile long CONTINUOUS retail corridor (I've heard the longest in the State) which carries anywhere from 48 - 50,000 cars/day.

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For West Tennessee outside of Jackson and Memphis:

Groceries: EW James Supermarkets, Kroger, Food Rite, Piggle Wiggly, Wal-Mart (uckk!!!), various independents here and there.

Major Department Stores: JC Penny's, Sears, Pebbles, Goodys,

Pharmacies: CVS, Walgreens, Super D, tons of locals

Convenience: Little General (BP), Pockets (Shell), 3-Js, Raceway, Maverick, various other smaller groups

Fast Food: McDonalds, BK, Wendys, Taco Bell, KFC, Krystal, Hardees, Arbys, Taco Johns, Pizza Hut, Godfathers, Dominoes, Pappa Johns, Long John Silvers, Capt. D's, etc.

Restaurants: Applebees, Los Portales - regional chain, El Valrta (sp) regional chain, Buckets/Nick's Pizza-Sports Bar, Hunan's (Chinese) -best Chinese food ever!, lots of local restuarants that aren't chains that are very good

Diners: Waffle House, Huddle House, a myriad of locals

Movie Theaters: Local chains, locals

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