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In response to our story about the possibility that Wal-Mart could acquire BJ’s Wholesale Club, MNB user Mark Hunter wrote:

“Looking beyond the FTC issues Wal-Mart must consider what the consumer will think of it - the big getting bigger. This may inflame even more the "anti-Wal-Mart" perspective that exists in labor and many other consumer groups. In the long-run it might be easier for Wal-Mart to get the business by building one store at a time and earning the business from BJ's rather than buying them.”

Yeah, but what fun would that be? What’s the point in being enormous and ubiquitous if you can’t assimilate the competition in one fell swoop?

Regarding our story about 7-Eleven deciding to sell private label beer and wine, MNB user Bill Duncan wrote:

“I'm probably dating myself but 7-11 used to sell 7-11 beer. Was it ever awful! But we were young and had no money so we used to buy a couple of singles of Budweiser and the rest 7-11. After a while, you couldn't tell the difference (well, almost). As for 7-11 wine... I always thought that was Mad Dog 20/20.

“All kidding aside. I am wondering on what corporate ego level does 7-11 feel that private labeling wine adds anything to the array of choices customers have? Why not do a good job assembling a mix of known brands at reasonable prices that will really provide convenience to the harried worker going home who has just realized there is nothing to drink with dinner?”

And, in response to yesterday’s story about the costs and benefits of convenience food, MNB user Sue Peterson wrote:

“The most convenient food we have for dinner cooks in the crock pot all day while we're at work and the kids are at school. When we all get home and settled, dinner is ready to serve, along with a quick bag salad. Nutritious, fast, convenient, and much less expensive than eating out.”
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