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  • Bec0522 Jan 25, 9:52 a.m.

    YAY! another local business to support :)

  • SMAPAEA Jan 22, 10:21 a.m.

    Bravo for someone trying to keep the area residents with fresh food.

  • superman Jan 21, 5:12 p.m.

    ....Partially correct. High volume isn't a requirement, its nice, but not essential

    Well they wont stay in business long without sales. Some expenses you cannot control. With labor you have to pay min wage not many stores pay more. You cannot cut electrity. Lights, heat coolers must be operating. You cant control maint and keep the store looking at least decent. Advertising keeps customers coming in week after week. The reason a business fails is a lack of customers and no money. You cant control the rent if it is not your building. You dont think Kroger and Winn Dixie knew how to run a business? Frankly I like high sales--that puts money in the cash register. Then finally there is inventory shrinkage that you have to charge more for the items you sell making your prices higher. Many stores can sell cheaper because of their high volumne of sales.

  • shortcake53 Jan 21, 5:05 p.m.

    I am willing to give them a try. I have seen their ads on TV and they seem to have some good sales. I was in that shopping center this morning and it was SO eerily quiet.

  • btneast Jan 21, 4:22 p.m.

    To make money you have to have high volumne of sales and an inventory that doesnt shrink.

    ....Partially correct. High volume isn't a requirement, its nice, but not essential. Your profits just have to surpass your expenses. Carlie C's has been in business for a long time, so they know how to manage overhead (labor, electric, rent, maintenance, advertising, etc). It's why one businees fails and another similar one succeeds....it's all about managing your overhead closely, very closely. High volume can actually drive your overhead up, as it takes more people and more warehousing to handle it usually. Higher sales doesn't mean jack if your expenses go off the chart.

  • superman Jan 21, 3:35 p.m.

    I went to the Garner store a couple weeks to check it out. Didnt buy anything just looking. There were 5 or 6 people working and 4 or 5 customers. Hardly enough to even buy paper for the cash register.

  • superman Jan 21, 11:32 a.m.

    The store in Garner is at the old Winn Dixie that went out of business for lack of customers years ago. To make money you have to have high volumne of sales and an inventory that doesnt shrink. They moving into a second building that housed a grocery store that couldnt make a profit for years. If Kroger and Winn Dixie couldnt make it dont understand why their management thought they could. Both decisions seem to be bad. Two bad stores and their house of cards may fall soon. They cant make money by customers who go in and buy their specials and then go to another store to purchase their groveries. We see just how long they can carry two stores that lose money.

  • btneast Jan 21, 11:31 a.m.

    I sure hope they are nothing like the IGA where I laive high prices and limited inventory

    IGA is an association, not a company or chain. It markets and provides buying power for independant grocery stores. Carlie C's is coming, not IGA. Carlie C's just happens to be an IGA member. Referring to any store as The IGA is technically incorrect.

  • They call me CATMAN Jan 21, 9:48 a.m.

    I sure hope they are nothing like the IGA where I laive high prices and limited inventory. Best of luck with the Super Wal-Mart accross the street. Hopefully most of those who worked at Kroger can find work at the new store.

  • miseem Jan 18, 7:50 p.m.

    If they are moving into the old Kroger, there is a Wal Mart right across the street.

  • cynda-ur-way Jan 18, 7:37 p.m.

    I find it hard to believe that this wasnt in the works for awhile. I think the media did use scare tactics to make this situation worse then it was. I predicted either an Aldis,compare or IGA and seems I was right.

  • cynda-ur-way Jan 18, 7:35 p.m.

    i enjoy shopping at the one in Garner. I think they are a good fit for this area. I live close by and I will check it out. They have some good meat packages,combos for certain prices which I think will do well in the community it serves. I like that they carry alot of NC made products.They have specials like pick five meats for $20 etc...

  • excalibur810 Jan 18, 6:46 p.m.

    cd2004...you would be correct...i live in this area...and know that shoplifting is a very real problem in this area...not just the grocery stores but the other retail stores all along new bern ave....

  • paddie Jan 18, 6:08 p.m.

    Better than not having a grocery....but....not by much.

  • djofraleigh Jan 18, 5:55 p.m.

    Carly C's IGA is a good chain with good values. They will still be completing with two Food Lions within 2 miles of it, and a third Food Lion and Wal-Mart Super Center less than five miles away.

    People with cars will drive those short distances for the values and choices and IGA will have a hard time competing.

  • Glass Half Full Jan 18, 5:44 p.m.

    SWEET - can't wait. Will surely go there more than I ever went to Kroger.

  • Crumps Br0ther Jan 18, 5:37 p.m.

    We had an IGA in my hometown in Michigan. I think the folks that used the Kroger will like IGA just fine. Glad to see someone saw an oppurtunity to help themselves and the community.

  • cd2004 Jan 18, 5:29 p.m.

    It’s sad when a neighborhood becomes so degenerate the stores can’t even stay open and turn a profit, I’m guessing do to theft.

  • Just One Opinion Jan 18, 5:23 p.m.

    Kroger is heavily unionized and Carlie C's is not - - That alone is probably just enough for Carlie C's to make it vs. Kroger.

  • davidgnews Jan 18, 5:20 p.m.

    Good news indeed.

    A local NC grocery chain growing and serving an area "not profitable" to larger chains. Priceless!

    I hope they keep growing strong and opening more stores.

  • Terkel Jan 18, 5:19 p.m.

    What do you know, private enterprise - the evil rich - are coming to the rescue! Good on this hardworking couple who's going to risk their money - not "the community's" money, THEIRS - to serve this dangerous, unprofitable area. The residents should get on their knees and thank them for helping them when "the community" would not, and keep living the gratitude by providing good local employees and honest customers.

  • westernwake1 Jan 18, 5:12 p.m.

    This is great news. Let's hope the store is profitable and stays in the location for a long time.

  • computer trainer Jan 18, 5:11 p.m.

    Do they take coupons?

  • superman Jan 18, 5:00 p.m.

    I dont understand how they think they can make a profit when Kroger has lost money there for years. They will probably go the way of bankrupcy. Was a bad business decision.

  • Scubagirl Jan 18, 4:48 p.m.

    Score one for the little guy! Good job

  • iron fist Jan 18, 4:39 p.m.

    There is at least one Carlie C's in Durham also.

  • rlcornelous Jan 18, 4:38 p.m.

    I wonder if anything is in the works for the building on MLK Blvd.

  • snakeman65 Jan 18, 4:23 p.m.

    "The family business now boasts 15 stores in Harnett, Johnston and Cumberland counties."

    Wake county also. There is one in Garner. Based on my visits there, it's a nice clean store with plenty of variety and decent prices.

  • kateyezkateyez Jan 18, 4:19 p.m.

    Thanks Carlie C's for taking over so quickly, I promoise to be a good and faithful customer. Kroger has lost my business, left my area and now doing away with Kroger points. Carlie C's ROCKS!

  • farm Jan 18, 4:15 p.m.

    Chuck C's!

  • Barfly Jan 18, 4:10 p.m.

    Wow. Let's see if the locals support the Johnston County owners.

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