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(NEWSER) – It looks like America’s retailers can’t resist a Twinkie. About two dozen companies intend to bid to buy either all of Hostess or just some of its individual brands, sources tell Bloomberg. Among the biggest names in the mix: Walmart.
That deal would make some amount of sense, the New York Post points out, given that the retail behemoth purchased 40% of the sugary snack cakes Hostess produced. (It would also mean the treats would only be sold at Walmart and Sam’s Club.) Supermarket chain Kroger is also interested, as are Alpha Baking Co, Mexico’s Grupo Bimbo, and the private equity company that owns Pabst Brewing Co.
On today’s episode, Michael has an experience at Wal-Mart that causes him to shoplift $30 worth of merchandise. Plus, the tragic Connecticut school shooting and the root cause we should be focusing on: mental illness. Be sure to click the Like / Tweet buttons to help promote The Michael Show!
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On today’s episode, Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the Wal-Mart Black Friday strike. Plus, a special holiday guest drops by. Be sure to click the Like / Tweet buttons to help promote The Michael Show!
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Target is now cheaper than Walmart.
According to study conducted by Bloomberg, Target’s prices were cheaper than Walmart’s by 0.46 percentage points in August, meaning that $100 worth of goods at Walmart cost $0.46 less at Target.
The study is based on a monthly comparison between the prices of 150 similar items for sale at Walmart and Target locations no more than five miles apart. Bloomberg started comparing the stores’ prices two years ago.
Last month, Walmart won the price war by a 2.01-percentage point margin, meaning that for every $100 spent at Target, Walmart was $2.01 cheaper, Bloomberg reports. The last time Target had lower prices than Walmart was in October.
Walmart typically beats out Target in prices because of its less expensive grocery items. But this month, Walmart’s food prices were lower than Target’s by a much smaller margin, according to Bloomberg.
Competitive food prices are crucial in the wake of the recent drought, which the U.S. Department of Agriculture has said will push up grocery prices 3 to 4 percent by 2013.
Both Walmart and Target have to fend off competition against Internet giants like Amazon.com. But despite Amazon’s recent efforts to outpace the world’s largest retailer, Walmart still maintains cheaper prices than Amazon. A recent study conducted by consulting company Kantar found Walmart’s prices, including both in-store and online merchandise, are on average 20 percent cheaper than Amazon’s.
When McAllen, Texas, found itself with an abandoned Walmart on its hands, it didn’t just bring in another store: It used the building to create a new library. And that library just so happens to be the largest single-story library in the country—and the winner of the International Interior Design Association’s 2012 Library Interior Design Competition.
PSFK has a number of pictures of the exceptional space, which includes a striking entrance, cheerful orange highlights, hip ceiling elements, and a special lounge for teens.
The McAllen Public Library now clocks in at 124,500 square feet, or about 2½ football fields, and has seen new-user registration increase 23% in the first month after opening. “In a city like McAllen, with cartel violence across the river”—the town is on the Mexico border—”I think it’s amazing that the city is devoting resources to a) not only saving a large and conspicuous piece of property from decline and vandalism, but b) diverting those resources into youth and the public trust,” a McAllen native tells theLos Angeles Times. “It’s easy to fall into drugs, drinking, and violence when you live on the border. It’s not really easy to find a place to hang out when you’re 14 that’s not the mall, the movies, or Mexico.”
A Fort Worth, Texas woman, known only as Jessica, claims that a Walmart mechanic with “an attitude” scrawled satanic symbols, including the “Mark of the Beast,” on the bottom of her car during an oil change, CBS Dallas-Fort Worth reports.
Jessica says she only became aware of the symbols when a mechanic at a different Walmart later pointed them out, saying the blue sealant used to write them is common to Walmart car-servicing stations.
“Who does that?” Jessica told CBS Dallas-Fort Worth. “I mean, what if it’s a curse?”
Target employees are up in arms over this week’s super early Black Friday hours.
Employees are upset that the retailer is kick-starting the holiday shopping season by opening their doors at midnight rather than the usual 4 or 5am because it cuts into their family time.
Anthony Hardwick, a cart attendant at a Target in Omaha, started an online petition asking the company to push back the hours to persuade Target.
According to spokeswoman Molly Snyder the time change is due to consumer desire, adding: ”We have heard from our guests that they want to shop Target following their Thanksgiving celebrations rather than only having the option of getting up in the middle of the night.”
Competitors, like Walmart, are opening their doors at 10pm.
What do you think: should Target open their doors at their normal 5am time or should
lazy ass cart attendant Anthony Hardwick just be THANKful he has a job?
Hey, is this what babies are for?!?!?! Looks like somebody is getting their Babysitters Club membership card revoked.
South Bend police say Benjamin Sims and Danielle Howey loaded a shopping cart with 10 bottles of alcohol, put a blanket on top of it and then placed the boy on top of the blanket before leaving the store without paying.
Capt. Phil Trent tells WSBT-TV the pair used the boy as a sort of “decoy so you couldn’t really tell what he was laying on top of.” They were arrested Tuesday night on felony theft charges after trying to steal DVDs from a nearby Wal-Mart store.
The boy’s mother, Nicole McCullough, says she’s looking for a babysitter she can trust.
Damn, it’s hot…again! How is everyone enjoying this sticky Southern California heat? Topics discussed on today’s show: Wal Mart, awkward white kids, Benni Cinkle, doable jailbait and the California Dream Act. Be Sure To Click The Like / Tweet Buttons To Help Promote The Michael Show!
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