Each of our three stores has had a minimum of one murder in the parking lot. The stores are gang infested in bad neighborhoods.
The parent company has two different chains in this area--the one with Boars Head that is more upscale and the one that caters to the EBT crowd. It's the latter that is always filthy where you have to make your way around panhandlers and often see the cops there arresting shoplifters and gang bangers.
I did one recently where the smell from the maggoty meat was so bad I was trying not to gag while asking my questions. Got my hand slapped for saying that is why I would not shop there on my own. I knew I would but the odor was so bad I couldn't not say anything in the report.
I'm wondering the same. I've only noticed a few competitor stores shopped during those longer hours. My regular shops in the Southeast with them for the last 36 months have been at the 4p-8p or 12p-6p hours. If I am shopping late, there are often no associates as someone else mentioned. I try to stack 2-3 of these into one day to grab up necessities and make it a good little trip so I can get stuff for the week to fix. It gets dark here early too. By 6 PM, it's night out.
The other is a chain that I'm pretty sure is just in the Carolinas, and that one did have a 9am-9pm time frame Mon-Sun. That is probably the one you're referring to. Not sure if they are competitor shops or not. The latter had a requirement of purchasing a DownDown item for a while, which would not have had any equivalent in the former, but they are definitely both shopped by TS.