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  • yoowho Feb 13, 1:48 p.m.

    when the locals shoplift the store out of business, they have to close. It happened in my hometown and the only grocery store in a certain region just had to pull out because loss to theft was so great. What else can you do when every 3rd person is strolling out with ribeye steaks down their pants.

  • Showlow Feb 8, 1:56 p.m.

    I loves mr. Cs. I baught some beans and stew today for less than 2 bucks. I be happy!

  • superman Feb 8, 1:20 p.m.

    They cant sell cheaper than Kroger. Fixed expenses for the store are about the same regardless of what the name of the store is. Rent, insurance, utilities, salaries maintenance. The big difference in a stores prices is volumne of sales alone with the cost of the merchandise. A small chain cannot buy mercandise as cheaply as a very large company like WalMart or Kroger. WalMart can made their profit by the high volumne of sales and can get better prices of products because of their high volumne buying.

  • superman Feb 8, 1:13 p.m.

    Bendal1 Do you work for Kroger? How did you get your info. You mind backing up your statement? Dont just throw out something that you think.

  • driverkid3 Feb 8, 9:27 a.m.

    dirkdiggler::::Never been to one before.

    Let me tell you this. There is one here in my town, and I wouldn't shop anywhere else. The prices are great, they have meat bundles for a reasonable price, and the customer service is fantastic. If you like ice cream, their store brand can beat Bryers hands down. They have just about everything you need.

    No, I don't work for them, but they have it hands down over all the others as far as I'm concerned. There is a grocery store close enough for me to walk to on my few and far between good days, but I still prefer Carlie C's. I think this will be good for Raleigh and this particular area of town. Be good to them, they sure deserve it.

  • Bendal1 Feb 7, 12:22 p.m.

    Kroger's reason for leaving wasn't based on declining revenue, but the size of the store. Newer grocery stores are much larger than that location, and for better or worse, that particular shopping center has been shrinking in stores ever since K-Mart left years and years ago. I think Carly C's will do well there though; it's a smaller franchise more interested in satisfying local shoppers than providing an "everything for everyone" kind of goal.

  • itsmyownopinion Feb 7, 12:10 p.m.

    "Someday, someone will look at a map and determine that 4111 New Bern Ave is not in Southeast Raleigh."

    venitapeyton

    One can only hope.

  • Barfly Feb 7, 11:11 a.m.

    I live in the area. I think my neighborhood is relatively safe. There's plenty of riff raff at the New Bern Ave. Walmart. Beggars at most entrances/exits. People approach you in the parking lot asking for money. There are folks loitering inside the store. Checkout? Hope you're not in a hurry.

    Carlie C's needs to keep the store clean and safe. I plan on giving them a try next time I need groceries.

  • NCworkingwoman Feb 7, 10:57 a.m.

    I take offense to the comments that infer that this part of Raleigh is a ghetto. The press has mis-identified this area as southeast Raleigh, check out a map, it's clearly east Raleigh. We live less than a half mile from this store and we are in a great neighborhood that the police constantly describe as one of the safest neighborhoods in Raleigh. Just because we are not in North Raleigh doesn't mean that we are in the ghetto. Quit being such elitists!
    tt4400

    I live in the same area and I totally agree. My neighborhood is FAR from ghetto. There are a few great/safe neighborhoods within a mile or so from this location. I can think of 4 or 5 off the top of my head that I would have no problem moving my family too, if we ever decided to move again.

  • djofraleigh Feb 7, 10:30 a.m.

    I'll correct my earlier comment. I thought the Kroger was the one in SE raliegh on MLK. I was wrong. There is where Carlie' C's says it could open a store after some "negotiations." The store just opened is in EAST Raleigh, not SE Raleigh and has a Food Lion close on either side, and a super Wal-mart to compete with.

  • venitapeyton Feb 7, 10:24 a.m.

    Bartmeister, the stretch of businesses you refer to may have been impacted by Highway 264. Carlie C's has made a business decision by banking on the remaining high number of vehicles that pass by and the number of people who want to run in for groceries w/o having to stand in line at Walmart.

    Wish Carlie C's much success, however, we should not ignore the huge investment that Food Lion has made into these surrounding neighborhoods while few others would.

  • Bartmeister Feb 7, 8:10 a.m.

    That area has been slipping for years. From this store to the beltline and further in, if you look at every well known chain store, restaurant, and retail is now an off brand name and or closed up. There is a reason for that. I used to live in K'dale and that was a nice area to go shopping and to eat out, but is no longer in that class.

  • ThePunisher Feb 6, 7:55 p.m.

    "No area is safe after dark."

    My immediate neighborhood is, God Bless Gaston Glock. Yeah, I said "God".

  • 1nclady Feb 6, 7:20 p.m.

    I shop at the Carlie C's in Angier. Their prices are extremely competitive and the staff friendly and helpful. Hope this store does well.

  • Lindasue Feb 6, 6:40 p.m.

    Wishing much success to Carlie C's.

  • tt4400 Feb 6, 6:35 p.m.

    I take offense to the comments that infer that this part of Raleigh is a ghetto. The press has mis-identified this area as southeast Raleigh, check out a map, it's clearly east Raleigh. We live less than a half mile from this store and we are in a great neighborhood that the police constantly describe as one of the safest neighborhoods in Raleigh. Just because we are not in North Raleigh doesn't mean that we are in the ghetto. Quit being such elitists!

  • Barfly Feb 6, 6:24 p.m.

    They'll do well if they have an aggressive loss prevention program. Set the tone early: No riff raff allowed.

  • kbo80 Feb 6, 6:04 p.m.

    Yay. I hope they hired some of the Kroger employees and have good chocolate milk lol. Kroger didn't make a profit because they are just too expensive.

  • Shine -On Feb 6, 6:02 p.m.

    Good stuff when an idenpendent opens ... It will be interesting to see what they have.

  • arfamr1007 Feb 6, 5:59 p.m.

    I don't know if Carlie C's is high-end enough for the raleigh crowd...my guess is they'll complain and demand a whole foods or harris teeter

  • SunAndSky Feb 6, 5:57 p.m.

    Congratulations Carlie C's IGA! Maybe you are doing something others can't seem to do ... finding a way to make a honest living, providing for folks and keeping your heads above water in a miserable economy. You are admired by many and as for any negative comments here, well... some have nothing better to do than find fault. "People throw rocks at things that shine." Shine on Carlie C's!! We love you.

  • shortcake53 Feb 6, 5:34 p.m.

    I will give Carly C's a try tomorrow. The parking lot was busy today, was nice to see it busy and not empty.

  • ResIsFutile Feb 6, 5:16 p.m.

    Breaking news: a new supermarket opens.....

    It must be a slow news day.

  • lwe1967 Feb 6, 5:06 p.m.

    I just hope that Carlie's will be able to make a profit. Kroger couldn't and they were a large chain.

  • rlwieland Feb 6, 4:48 p.m.

    I hope they have plenty of security guards so this one doesn't get robbed blind like Kroger did.

  • Tax Man Feb 6, 4:42 p.m.

    Hope they can manage the shoplifting - that cut deep into the revenue of Kroger at these two slum locations. When a store wants to help your neighborhood why do you steal from them? Hope the IGA has very good security and has the police lock up and prosecute any criminals who try to steal from them!

  • superman Feb 6, 4:40 p.m.

    Actually I believe that Winn Dixie didn't close until 2005 when Winn Dixie pulled out of NC entirely to focus on deep south stores. So in other words that store was closed at the same time as all of the Winn Dixie's in the area were closed, not necessarily b/c it was unprofitable, but b/c the chain pulled out of the state completely.mmtlash

    That may be true I dont remember. But most stores need to have a big store to draw people to a shopping center. Not much in that shopping center but a couple specialty shops. Nothing there to draw people not even a drug store. When prices are cheap you just have to have the sales volumne. Several stores closed in the shopping center where and when WalMart built their new store in Garner. That old shopping center is pretty dead now. Several stores closed and followed WalMart to their new location.

  • heart4kids Feb 6, 4:28 p.m.

    KROGERS! There is much more going on with that company! They have closed numerous stores. Stores is North and South Raleigh even other cities such as Greenville. It has to be something within company! As far as crime...shoplifting did not put Krogers out of business!

  • superman Feb 6, 4:27 p.m.

    I have shopped at the Food Lion store close to my house for over 10 years. I know most everyone there including the Manager and Asst. Manager. When the manager sees me he always comes over and shakes my hand and asks me if I am finding everything. I tell him that I shop there so often that I am probably there more than he is and I know where they hide everything. I really like Food Lion and WalMart. I could tell you the story about getting a gallon of white paint free that they delivered to my front door.

  • superman Feb 6, 4:22 p.m.

    For them to make a profit they have to reduce shrinkage. They going to have to hire less people and pay them less. As for the cost of merchandise I dont think they can buy cheaper than Kroger. They dont have any control on the other expenses. I would shop at WalMart anyway. Walmart brands are almost always as good as or better than some of the national brands.

  • yorky1966 Feb 6, 4:20 p.m.

    Carly C's has the BEST cakes! Their 9-layer chocolate cake will make you holla!! I've tried the pecan pie-tastes homemade. Next to try-their banana pudding!

  • mmtlash Feb 6, 4:16 p.m.

    "And then they also have opened a store in Garner at the old Winn Dixie that closed years ago because of lack of business"-superman

    Actually I believe that Winn Dixie didn't close until 2005 when Winn Dixie pulled out of NC entirely to focus on deep south stores. So in other words that store was closed at the same time as all of the Winn Dixie's in the area were closed, not necessarily b/c it was unprofitable, but b/c the chain pulled out of the state completely.

  • North Carolina Cutie Feb 6, 4:07 p.m.

    No area is safe after dark.

  • OneLove Feb 6, 4:01 p.m.

    "to get a quart of milk"- Guy - You buy a QUART of milk?

  • Nancy Feb 6, 3:57 p.m.

    This location is 0.37 miles from a super WalMart - no food desert there.

  • superman Feb 6, 3:55 p.m.

    In order to have low prices you have to have a high volumne of sales. Fixed costs such as rent, utilities, insurance, maintaintence would be about the same no matter who is operating the business. You cant do much with the cost of labor or the cost of the merchandise. Many stores especially gas stations can have lower prices becuase low prices attract more customers thus increasing sales. Add to that when you have a shrinking inventory you have a recipe for bankrupcy. And then they also have opened a store in Garner at the old Winn Dixie that closed years ago because of lack of business. Dont think they are making decisions that going to get them in business. I was in the Garner store (didnt buy anything) just looking. They were about 6 clerks and 3 customers including me and I was not a customer.

  • autismawareness Feb 6, 3:54 p.m.

    After they get robbed a few times, and find their shoplift and embezzlement shrinkage to be intolerable, you will see another abandoned building over there.

    sales also won't be helped by the fact it is not the safest area to be in after dark.

  • Guy Feb 6, 3:51 p.m.

    I take issue with Wake 1794 about Food Lion.The Food Lion on Western Blvd.gives the best customer service ever and it's not a huge store you have to walk a mile to get a quart of milk. Easy in and easy out. Works for me.

  • OneLove Feb 6, 3:47 p.m.

    "How soon before one of the stores gets robbed? Bets?" Capitals Fan ((6months)) "Wow onelove what a positive attitude you have." ctya ((huh?))

  • Plum Tuckered Feb 6, 3:46 p.m.

    So glad to see it -- thank you Carlie C's and good luck!

    To the pessimists and haters . . . go spread your mindset elsewhere, please.

  • LovemyPirates Feb 6, 3:42 p.m.

    This area does in deed meet the definition of food desert
    http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/food-desert-locator/go-to-the-locator.aspx

  • Terkel Feb 6, 3:28 p.m.

    "How can that area be called a 'FOOD DESERT' with so many food chains so close?"

    Who gave them that victim group designation? The USDA. You know, the same agency that came up with and administers food stamps.

  • Bendal1 Feb 6, 3:23 p.m.

    My wife and I are glad a grocery store is back where the Krogers' used to be. That store is right down the road from where we live and it's on the way home from where I work, so it is very convenient. The Krogers that was there was always busy, the corporate decision to close it wasn't because it was underperforming, but probably because it wasn't as big as the megastores everyone is opening now. Carly C's will be a good fit there.

  • ctya Feb 6, 3:22 p.m.

    Wow onelove what a positive attitude you have.

  • aamblb Feb 6, 3:22 p.m.

    I know a few people that have been robbed over there. I live in this area, but I don't go by myself to this store. If the RPD would come around a little more maybe it would run them off. I like Carlie C's.

  • wake1794 Feb 6, 3:12 p.m.

    I'm just glad this store is not another Food Lion. There are
    a zillion cookie cutter Food Lions around here and unless you
    are shopping for junk food or sodas, their prices are high on
    most items, especially meats and dairy products. I've been to
    Carlie C's in Angier and Garner and the customer service is
    ten times friendlier than I've seen at any Food Lion. If I
    have to buy meat, dairy products or other essential items I avoid Food Lion whenever I can.

  • Capitals Fan Feb 6, 3:09 p.m.

    How soon before one of the stores gets robbed? Bets?

  • Barely Feb 6, 3:06 p.m.

    Anyone who lives out there knows there was no "food desert". There's 3 Food Lions, an Aldi, and a Lowe's Foods within a 10 mile radius.

  • gboro_gal Feb 6, 2:58 p.m.

    I enjoy shopping at our Carlie C's. They offer a good variety, and the prices are very reasonable. They also offer plenty of local foods as well.

  • OneLove Feb 6, 2:54 p.m.

    "After they get robbed a few times, and find their shoplift and embezzlement shrinkage to be intolerable....." This is sad, but true in that area.

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