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#6941 sukika

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 07:59 AM

Mayfair Lanes sitting vacant for so long is unfortunate and hard to understand financially.

I’d love to see a T & T anywhere in Victoria and another one right downtown, say in the Capitol 6. If Market on Yates moves up to Yates and Cook that would give them each some territory/breathing room. I think they’d do great business, although might not be so good for the two Chinatown shops and Fairways.

 

 

Parking would be an issue though - I don't know how many people would want to carry their 20lb bag of rice plus groceries around downtown to get to their car. 



#6942 zoomer

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 02:08 PM

They could do curbside pickup. There's a T&T in downtown Vancouver:

T & T Supermarket

https://yelp.to/R3YlRtYuXgb

Strangely enough this 2015 Victoria Buzz article mentions T&T coming to Uptown Phase 3, and then links to... a Vibrant Victoria thread

https://m.facebook.c...443908259090036

#6943 Rob Randall

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 02:11 PM

Victoria Buzz article sourced with a Vibrant Victoria thread, there's journalistic integrity.


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#6944 Mike K.

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 02:24 PM

Great. Now we've created one of those infinite loops that will bring down Fastly, again.


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#6945 sukika

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 02:44 PM

They could do curbside pickup. There's a T&T in downtown Vancouver:

T & T Supermarket

https://yelp.to/R3YlRtYuXgb

Strangely enough this 2015 Victoria Buzz article mentions T&T coming to Uptown Phase 3, and then links to... a Vibrant Victoria thread

https://m.facebook.c...443908259090036

 

That T&T has undergound parking.

 

Most people would be happy just to have one in town so lack of parking isn't a deal breaker.



#6946 Kapten Kapsell

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Posted 09 June 2021 - 02:50 PM

It looks like a real estate office has opened in CSV in the former pic a flic building ; I assume this is temporary as the proposed condo development is going back to the city for reconsideration.

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#6947 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 11 June 2021 - 12:41 AM

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$249,000

 

 

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https://www.realtor....ctoria-downtown



#6948 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 02:48 AM

Walmart is replacing cashiers at its Terrace store with self-serve checkouts this summer, making it a test project along with a select number of other outlets in Canada.

 

In an emailed statement to The Terrace Standard, Walmart Canada said its Terrace store was selected as a test location because a large number of customers were using self-checkouts.

 

 

 

 

https://www.vicnews....f-test-project/

 

 

 

 

i have not used a human cashier at safeway for over a decade now.


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#6949 Mike K.

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 06:17 AM

That’s because there haven’t been any Safeways for a decade.
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#6950 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 06:30 AM

exactly. they have reduced their labour costs to zero.
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#6951 Mike K.

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 06:33 AM

The correct answer I was expecting was “what about the Oak Bay Junction Safeway?”
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#6952 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 06:37 AM

it’s a post office now.

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 06:59 AM

Pretty sure the post office is in the Safeway, next to the self checkouts.
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#6954 Matt R.

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 10:28 AM

Even our Country Grocer is installing self serve checkouts, due to what I am sure is lack of staff. They have a staff house as well as a friggin’ RV park at the back of their property. This place pays well, benefits, educational grant money, huge contributions to the local community not to mention a 20% off discount for staff and their families and still can’t find enough staff.

The world has gone mad. :)

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 11:09 AM

Even our Country Grocer is installing self serve checkouts, due to what I am sure is lack of staff. They have a staff house as well as a friggin’ RV park at the back of their property. This place pays well, benefits, educational grant money, huge contributions to the local community not to mention a 20% off discount for staff and their families and still can’t find enough staff.

The world has gone mad. :)

Matt.

 

When the CRB ends I am sure there will be lots of staff. 

 

Having said that self-serve checkouts don't ask for wages increases, get paid overtime, sick days, family days, mental health days, covid days, etc or make mistakes. I am sure there is some shrinkage but there are at human checkouts as well. Besides, the self-serve machines create higher paying value-added jobs for the people who repair and program self-serve checkout machines.

 

I don't blame the retailers, if Governments want to enact rules to change retail economics then they have to expect retailers to adapt. What I would be concerned about are socialist Governments trying to whack a mole with more and more rules which only winds up making things worse for the people they claim to be 'helping'.


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#6956 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 11:22 AM

^ that’s all very true. shrinkage via human cashier is just as high.

https://www.supermar...checkout-shrink

it’s interesting that the self check out “supervisor” is often an outgoing employee with great people skills. They will be paid on average much more that a typical cashier.

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#6957 LJ

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Posted 13 June 2021 - 07:14 PM

I like the human aspect of the check out clerks and I use them as often as I can. Not at Walmart so much.


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Posted 13 June 2021 - 08:45 PM

Unless I only have a couple of items I don't bother with the self checkout now with the bag ban.  The paper bags always result in the silly thing complaining something unidentified is in the bagging area.  


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Posted 14 June 2021 - 06:11 AM

Unless I only have a couple of items I don't bother with the self checkout now with the bag ban.  The paper bags always result in the silly thing complaining something unidentified is in the bagging area.  

 

That is why I shop in Saanich (for now!)


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#6960 A Girl is No one

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Posted 14 June 2021 - 06:26 AM

Do we know what is coming on Quadra and View? (The building with the large painted wall).
There was work in there yesterday. I remember a while back it was reported here that a nail salon or massage therapy would be opening (I can’t remember which, it was a long time ago). Wondering if it’s still the same.

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