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Exerpt taken from a Yahoo Forbes article: Retailers at risk in 2009


Non-apparel specialists like Starbucks and Sprint Nextel won't be going away, but they will close hundreds more stores during the coming year, Davidowitz predicts. Narrow specialties (Sprint's cellphones) and high prices (Starbucks' coffee) are tough sells as the consumer mood turns thrifty. What plagues Starbucks will also affect other upscale goody chains like Mrs. Fields' Cookies, and causal dining outlets like Applebee's and Cheesecake Factory. Any of the neighborhood outlets for those restaurant chains could be a casualty this year.


I'm scared...I want my Antie Em!!
 

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sjc said:
Sprint Nextel won't be going away... Narrow specialties (Sprint's cellphones) and high prices (Starbucks' coffee) are tough sells as the consumer mood turns thrifty.
Hopefully Amazon has back up plans just in case? Or - maybe Amazon will buy Sprint? ;)
 

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sjc said:
Exerpt taken from a Yahoo Forbes article: Retailers at risk in 2009

Non-apparel specialists like Starbucks and Sprint Nextel won't be going away, but they will close hundreds more stores during the coming year, Davidowitz predicts. Narrow specialties (Sprint's cellphones) and high prices (Starbucks' coffee) are tough sells as the consumer mood turns thrifty. What plagues Starbucks will also affect other upscale goody chains like Mrs. Fields' Cookies, and causal dining outlets like Applebee's and Cheesecake Factory. Any of the neighborhood outlets for those restaurant chains could be a casualty this year.

I'm scared...I want my Antie Em!!
My world as I know it would end if The Cheesecake Factory went away...
 

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Well, since it didn't record the first time I'll try again. Sprint retail sales stores closing should have no effect on their network grid unless/until such time as they are unable to financially keep the grip operational. Hopefully any closings will just be elimination of weaker and poor performing locations with a resultant improvement financially and will be entirely transparent to whispernet users.
 

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Well, since it didn't record the first time I'll try again. Sprint retail sales stores closing should have no effect on their network grid unless/until such time as they are unable to financially keep the grip operational. Hopefully any closings will just be elimination of weaker and poor performing locations with a resultant improvement financially and will be entirely transparent to whispernet users.
But, will we still have The Cheesecake Factory? I mean come on. Worse case with Sprint, I have to hook my Kindle up to the computer to download books. But to never be able to get Chicken Madeiral, Chicken Picatta, or, oh, yum, herb crusted salmon and top that off with a 2000 calorie a slice piece of Fabulous Chocolate Mousse Cake and a slice of Dutch Apple Carmel Cheesecake...<sigh>
 

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This should be no surprise to anyone because I'm sure you all avidly read my posts every day. Now I don't want to toot my own horn, but I will. On Jan 19, 2009 in the thread "Verizon to support Kindle rivals" I wrote:

"Verizon is a strong company and Sprint is basically a basket case. I'm sure Sprint gave Amazon a much better deal for the wireless. My question is what happens if Sprint goes under. I don't think it's anything to worry about right now, but in several years, who knows."

What is the moral of this tale - for the most up to date news available, make sure you read my posts.  :)

Steve
 

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Sprint has shot themselves in the foot over the years with some of the poorest customer service practices of
any company ever. I was a Sprint customer twice for long distance and cell and had bad experiences with both.
If they fail it is because they have built no loyalty and no incentive to get customers to return, just the opposite.

I hope Amazon has a backup but will not weep for Sprint.
 

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I made the comment about Verizon positioning themselves to pick up the Kindle on that thread.  Stay tuned and see how this all turns out. Sprint is in trouble from the botched Nextel merger so of the wireless companies it is the closest to the bottom of the heap.

Nooooo they can't close Cheesecake Factory, I need my slice of Godiva Chocolate Cheesecake to make life worth living some days...... ;)
 

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sjc said:
Non-apparel specialists like Starbucks and Sprint Nextel won't be going away, but they will close hundreds more stores during the coming year, Davidowitz predicts. Narrow specialties (Sprint's cellphones) and high prices (Starbucks' coffee) are tough sells
Just means they'll sell more phones in other stores (or via Amazon) and starbucks will be inside target/kroger's instead of just standalone across the street from each other. In one mall here, there are 4 Sprint stores - two kiosks and two full storefronts (two levels, one on each, at opposite ends). It might hurt the mall if three of those close, but not Sprint as a company.
 

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There are way too many cell phone stores and Starbucks. I don't need one on every street corner. I'd be happy if they closed half of those stores.
They wound up closing a Starbucks here less than 6 months after it was opened. It was in the same shopping center as Target and there was one in the Target. We couldn't figure out why they opened it in the first place. They actually opened 3 of them in less than a 2 month period. The third is only about 5 minutes away and a 4th is in the grocery store. It's not like it's a large city, just a small town. Seriously, the 2nd McDonald's is overkill.
 

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They wound up closing a Starbucks here less than 6 months after it was opened. It was in the same shopping center as Target and there was one in the Target. We couldn't figure out why they opened it in the first place. They actually opened 3 of them in less than a 2 month period. The third is only about 5 minutes away and a 4th is in the grocery store. It's not like it's a large city, just a small town. Seriously, the 2nd McDonald's is overkill.
Sounds like what happened where I live, do you happen to live in CA? LOL! We have 4 Starbucks in a three mile radius. Yikes!!!
 

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I'm not worried so much about a takeover; as I am sure Verizon or AT&T would jump at the chance.  What I FEAR, is being charged a fee for Whispernet use if another company so chooses!!

Vampy:  you keep me laughing.

ALL:  Never been to cheesecake factory and there is one about 10-15 minutes away from here.  Maybe I should try it while I still have the opportunity.

 
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