In the movie industry, bigger is usually better, and that’s true of Carmike Cinemas Inc.’s BigD large-screens. They have screens measuring up to 78 feet wide by 3 stories tall, provide luxury seating and stunning surround sound and are being rolled out nationwide. BigD theaters – the ‘D’ stands for dimensional sight, dynamic sound and deluxe seating – are in 14 markets, but in terms of the regions in which Carmike locates its cinemas, small to mid-size is typically better.
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Since 1985, John Plainos has owned and operated an electrical contracting company, A-1 Service Group. In 1994, he identified the counting of people in retail locations as a possible niche market. His firm installed a few systems that were typically used at the time to count the number of customers in stores and malls so he could learn how they worked. He learned that they did not work very well.
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Many say every ship needs a strong captain, and for Vallarta Supermarkets Inc., a store is nothing without the skills of a competent manager to guide it through the rocky waves of daily business. “[We believe] that all the success we may enjoy is 100 percent attributable to [our] ability to attract and develop high-performing management and supervisors,” COO Kurt Erickson says.
Based in Sylmar, Calif., Vallarta Supermarkets operates 41 stores in its home state that specialize in traditional and Hispanic food items, including fresh-made tortillas, salsas and Latin-style cheeses. Founder Enrique Gonzalez Sr. started Vallarta Supermarkets in 1985.
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Already the largest independently owned wine, beer and spirits retailer in the United States, Total Wine & More has big plans for 2012. Vice President of Customer Experience Steve Faith says the company plans to enter three big new markets this year: Dallas; Seattle; and Spokane, Wash. Combined with the 78 stores the company already has in 11 states, Faith says Total Wine & More expects its new locations to carry it to the next level after it reached a pair of monumental milestones in 2011.
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Who would have ever thought that something called the “garbage bowl” would become a household name? And it’s not solely because the person who created it, Rachael Ray, possesses a household name herself. The garbage bowl, that sturdy dish sitting in the middle of the counter where the onion peels and sausage wrappers get dumped, saves the busy home cook precious time by cutting out the unnecessary trips back and forth to the garbage can or a big clean up afterward. The efficiency of the garbage bowl makes it a useful or even essential kitchen item for many home chefs.
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At first glance, it appears that over the last 30 years the independently owned and operated pharmacy has disappeared, especially in the United State and Canada. Corporate chains, mass merchandisers and big-box stores have congested the industry by increasing their pharmaceutical presence, making it seem as though the doomsday bell has rung for independents.
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After more than 40 years, Offenbacher’s is more than a seller of furniture. “We’re a specialty retailer that engages our customers with fun luxuries and the pleasantries of life,” General Manager Mark Ramos says.
The company sells a diverse range of products to fit the changing seasons. For the spring, summer and early fall, “We feature patio furniture, outdoor accessories, gas grills, the ever-popular Big Green Egg kamado cookers and a full line-up of pool and spa chemicals and accessories,” Ramos says.
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Family always has been at the heart of Kopp Drug’s success throughout its 85-year history, and all signs point to that remaining the case for another 85 years. According to CFO Steven DeCriscio, whether it is retaining employees for the long haul or reacting to customers’ problems as if they were blood relatives themselves, the tight-knit atmosphere keeps Kopp Drug at the forefront of consumers’ minds throughout central Pennsylvania.
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