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Waffle House Store Map

| Location Map, StatsMap | August 18, 2017

Waffle House doors have no locks!

It was Labor Day weekend, 1955, when Waffle House opened the doors of its first restaurant in Avondale Estates, Atlanta. Since that day, Waffle House restaurants have been open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year–hence, the urban legend that Waffle House doors have no locks.

Today, there are 1,871 Waffle House locations

Waffle House Store Map

Waffle House Store Map

Down-home-friendly

Waffle House prides itself on its down-home-friendliness and fast, hot and delicious food. To add to the customer experience, Waffle House has its own jukebox music, written and recorded by none other than the CEO’s wife, Mary Welch Rogers. Among the titles are”Waffle Doo-Wop,” “Life Is Like a Cup of Coffee,” and “Why Would You Eat Your Grits Anyplace Else?”

Fun facts

Believe it or not, every year Waffle House serves enough grits to fill 86 semi-trucks, enough eggs to make a 28-ton omelet  and enough bacon to stretch end-to-end from Atlanta to Los Angeles seven times? Wow, that’s a lot of bacon!

Gloria Sauve
Marketing and Communication

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Dollarama Store Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | June 29, 2017

Dollarama: still giving Canadian consumers a big bang for their buck.

Let’s face it, no matter what your income bracket, you’ve probably shopped at one of Canada’s 1,114 Dollarama stores, right?  Canadians love a bargain, and that’s why the country’s largest dollar store chain is a growing success.

Dollarama: 1114 Store Locations Across Canada

Dollarama Store Map
When Dollarama first opened its doors in Montreal in 1992, every item on its shelves had a price tag of $1. But, in keeping with rising costs, Dollarama introduced new price points in April of last year: $1.25, $1.50, $2.00, $3.50 and $4.00 That said, there are still lots of bargains to be had  for just a dollar.

No matter the season or reason, Dollarama’s got it covered

What would all our special holidays and celebrations be without festive decorations and pretty gift wrap? Dollarama’s shelves are filled with seasonal merchandise, from Christmas and Hannukah to Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Canada Day, Thanksgiving and Halloween . Need school supplies? Yep, Dollarama carries pretty much everything students need to fill their backpacks. Kitchen products, hats, mitts, scarves, sandals and sauce pans, they’ve got it all. Cleaning products, craft supplies, storage bags, bathroom tissue, toys, games, paint brushes? Yep, they’ve got those, too.

Good news: you can now use your credit card at Dollarama

 Until recently, Dollarama accepted only cash or debit cards but, the company is now, or will soon be, accepting all major credit cards. And, if that isn’t enough good news for you, Dollarama is pushing its growth target to 1,700 stores over the next decade! Happy shopping, Canadians!
Gloria Sauvé
Communications and Marketing

American Eagle Location Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | May 31, 2017

American Eagle Outfitters: style for the young and the young-at-heart.

Since its beginning in 1977, American Eagle Outfitters  (AEO) has been a popular choice for casual clothing among tweens, teens, young adults and the young-at-heart.

Shown in the StatsMap, below: 904 American Eagle Outfitters, Aerie, and AEO Factory locations across the U.S.

American Eagle Outfitters Store Map

A family business

It all started with the Silverman family, who owned and operated Silverman’s Menswear, in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. By the mid-1970’s, Jerry Silverman, then President and CEO and his brother, Mark Silverman, executive vice-president and COO, decided it was time to diversify their product lines and expand the business. In 1977 they opened their first American Eagle Outfitters which offered brand-name casual wear, footwear and accessories for men and women, with a continued focus on clothing designed for outdoor sports, such as hiking, mountain climbing, and camping.

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American Eagle

In 1991, with declining sales, the Silverman brothers sold their 50 percent interest in the business to the Schottensteins, who had been 50 percent owners of the chain since 1980. This was a pivotal point for American Eagle Outfitters, and the change in leadership breathed new life into the business.

By 1994, when the company began trading on the NASDAQ stock exchange, it had 167 stores and opened another 90 over the following year. With profits soaring, American Eagle Outfitters opened the first Canadian store in 2000. That number has expanded to 94 locations across Canada.

In February 2006, American Eagle launched the aerie lingerie sub-brand, which includes bras and other undergarments, dormwear, active apparel, loungewear, accessories and sleepwear and a complete line of fitness clothing, called aerie f.i.t.  

There are currently 147 stand-alone aerie stores in the United States and in Canada

The aerie brand is sold in American Eagle Outfitters stores, on-line through the American Eagle Web site, and in stand-alone aerie retail stores.

In Piper Jaffray’s survey of American teens (fall 2016), American Eagle was chosen as the No. 1 preferred brand among upper-income teen women.

No more Photoshop!

The aerie brand has made headlines for proudly showing more realistic images of women’s bodies in marketing — a move that has paid off with explosive sales.

On behalf of women, everywhere, thank you, aerie!

Gloria Sauvé
Communications and Marketing

Sonic Drive-in Location Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | May 9, 2017

Sonic Drive-in: how did a burger restaurant get a name like, “Sonic Drive-in.”

Well, I guess when you’re one of the country’s biggest fast-food restaurants, serving 3 million customers every day, in 3,500 restaurants across 45 states, you have to be f-a-s-t–supersonic fast.

Ever wondered what 3,500 locations look like on a map? Check out the StatsMap, below, for a visual that will make you say, “wow!”

Sonic Store Map 3507 USA Locations

Sonic Store Map

And, now for some fun and fascinating facts:

Oh, so it’s variety that you want? According to the Sonic company, they offer 168,194 drink combinations.

Have you ever gone swimming in Cherry Limeade? In one year, Sonic sells enough of this yummy drink to fill 50 Olympic-sized swimming pools. True story!

America’s Favorite Drive-in! Sonic is THE biggest chain of drive-in (not to be confused with “drive-through”) restaurants still in existence. Yep, a good, a old-fashioned drive-in restaurant, where friendly car-hops deliver you meal right to your car–on roller skates–and are happy to pick up your tray when you’re done eating.

Let’s face it, Americans love fast food and with Sonic’s huge variety of meal options, there’s something for everyone, any time of the day. Try it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time, any time!

Gloria Sauvé
Communications and Marketing

Tesla Charging Sites Map USA and Canada

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | April 27, 2017

Tesla, the car of tomorrow…today!

Some would call it an evolution, but producers of electric vehicles (EV) are calling it a revolution. Tesla, the current leader in the production of electric vehicles, is speeding up the assembly process to make its Tesla 3 available to the masses by July 2017. Yep, that’s just two months from now.

Tesla charging stations, known as Tesla Superchargers,  are quickly becoming commonplace across the world. Have a look at the StatsMap, below, which shows the locations of the 2,556 Tesla charging stations in the U.S, and Canada’s 348 charging stations.

Tesla Charging Site Map USA and Canada

Tesla Charging Site Map USA and Canada

 

Tesla to double its charging stations in 2017

As it gears up for the Tesla 3 release, that global number of Tesla charging slots will double to more than 10,000 by the end of this year.

In addition to the Supercharger stations, Tesla also runs 9,000 Destination Chargers, which let owners charge their car’s battery pack at hotels, resorts, and restaurants.

Tesla’s rob0ts at work…could one of these be your next car?

As a testament to Tesla’s commitment to speed up production, the company has introduced over 467 robots into its production plants. At a cost of $50 K to $500 K each, Tesla is determined to make good on its goal of making the Tesla 3 available to drivers by this summer.

Have a look at the sleek lines of the Tesla 3, then scroll down to see the amazing new dashboard.

 

And that, folks, is the car of tomorrow…today!

Wendy’s USA Store Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | March 31, 2017

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Most folks know Dave Thomas as the founder of Wendy’s, the restaurant that serves up “old fashioned hamburgers.” But, I bet you didn’t know that, even as young as 12, Dave was passionate about restaurants. In 1947, at the age of 15, he dropped out of school to work at the Hobby House Restaurant in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.

Wendy’s USA: 5,723 locations

Wendy's USA Store Map

Wendy’s USA Store Map

Over the next several years, Dave learned every aspect of the restaurant business from Hobby House owner and mentor, Phil Clauss.  By 1954,  Phil, had bought four KFC franchise locations. In 1962, with all four franchises failing, he asked Dave to help him get his businesses back on track. Dave took the challenge, streamlining the KFC menu and creating the revolving red and and white striped bucket of chicken that is synonymous with KFC. Phil later sold the restaurants, making Dave a millionaire. You can probably guess the ending, right? You got it: in 1969, Dave opened the first Wendy’s restaurant at 257 E. Broad Street in Columbus, Ohio.

QUALITY IS OUR RECIPE

True to Dave’s word to serve only high quality food, Wendy’s serves fresh, made-to-order hamburgers. No mass produced, frozen “boxed burgers” for Wendy’s customers.

Today, almost 50 years later, Wendy’s 5,723 US locations continue to serve their customers those famous hamburgers with fresh hamburger patties that hang, invitingly, over the bun.

Gloria Sauve
Communications and Marketing

Apple Store USA Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | March 22, 2017

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Apple Store 5th Avenue, New York, NY

Isn’t it surprising that Apple, which sells billions of dollars worth of electronic devices every year, has only 267 retail outlets across the USA?

Well, actually, it’s not surprising at all. To quote the late Marshall McLuhan, Canadian media guru of the 1960’s, “the medium is the message.” We are, after all, living in the Digital Age, and shopping online has become a part of our lifestyle–especially for electronics.

Apple USA, 267 Retail Stores

Apple Store USA Map

Free on-hour workshops!

As Apple’s product line expands, so too does its customer services. If you own an Apple product, you’re are likely familiar with the online Apple support groups. But, did you know that Apple stores offer free one-hour workshops on all of their products? The workshops are for people of all ages and experience levels. Apple also offers their very popular youth programs like Apple Camp and Field Trip.

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Apple Trivia: Why is there a bite out of the apple?

It’s there for scale, so that a small Apple logo still looks like an apple and not a cherry. 

 

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Gloria Sauvé
Communications and Marketing

Tesco UK Store Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | March 14, 2017

TescoWith 2,668 retail locations, Tesco Grocery has the distinction of being both the the United Kingdom’s largest grocery chain and its largest retailer, period. 

Tesco Store Map

This StatsMap, which shows Tesco Grocery’s 2,668 UK  locations, makes it easy to understand why Tesco is a household name.

The Tesco UK family includes Tesco Metro stores, Tesco Superstores and Tesco Express.

 How Tesco got it’s name, and other fascinating Tesco trivia…

In 1919, a gentleman by the name of Jack Cohen began selling surplus groceries from a stall in East London. In 1924 he bought a shipment of tea from a Mr. T.E. Stockwell. Mr. Cohen came up with the idea to take the intials Mr. Stockwells initials, T.E.S., and combine them with Co, the first two letters of his surname, giving birth to the Tesco brand. And the rest, as they say is history.

Today, Tesco is proud to report that Finest* and Everyday Value are now the two largest food brands in the UK.

With Tesco’s newest service, Click and Collect, shoppers can order groceries on-line and choose a pick-up time that works best for them. Collection is currently available at 320 locations, with the number of collection points growing all the time.

So, there’s a bit of UK history for you. Thanks so much for stopping by. Come back, soon, for another cool StatsMap.

Gloria Sauve
Marketing and Communications

Canadian Tire Store Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | March 9, 2017

Canadian Tire, from humble beginnings to a Canadian giant

Canadian Tire StoreWay back in the Roaring Twenties, 1920, to be exact, the Canadian automobile industry began to boom as the demand for cars rose. For the Billes brothers of Toronto, opportunity didn’t have to knock twice.  In 1922, John and Alfred Billes pooled their life savings of $1,800 and bought the Hamilton Tire and Garage Ltd. store at the corner of Gerrard and Hamilton Streets in Toronto. Their investment not only paid off, but paved the way to Canada’s beloved Canadian Tire stores.

Canadian Tire Retail Stores Location Map 2017

Canadian Tire Store Map

The Canadian tire logonext year (1923), the Billes brothers’ Canadian Tire Corporation opened the doors to its first large store, at the corner of Yonge and Gould Streets in Toronto. And, as they say, the rest is history.

Today, the Canadian Tire Family of Companies includes Canadian Tire retail stores, PartSource, Gas+, FGL Sports (Sport Chek, Hockey Experts, Sports Experts,National Sports, Intersport, Pro Hockey Life and Atmosphere), Mark’s, Canadian Tire Financial Services, CT REIT and Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a nationally registered charity that brings much needed help to underprivileged children.

Not bad for an $1,800 investment.

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Gloria Sauvé
Communications and Marketing

 

Staples USA Store Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map | February 16, 2017

What you didn’t know about Staples might surprise you.

Staples store frontWho hasn’t been to Staples for one thing or another? It’s the go-to place for everything you need to run your office or create your school project. With 1,245 locations across the US, Staples is providing some solid competition to Office Depot/Office Max (1,433 US locations).

Staples USA, 1,245 locations

Staples Store Map

Staples’ claim to “make it easy to make more happen,” is backed up by their multiple shopping options:

  • shop in person at your local Staples store;
  • shop on-line with delivery right to your home;
  • shop on-line and pick up your order at the store;
  • shop-on-the-go with Staples’ mobile device app for your iPhone or Android

Staples: giving back to communities

Staples is well-known for its commitment to education, from cause marketing, sponsorship and grants, to product donations. In fact, in 2015, Staples donated more than $13 million to non-profit organizations around the world.

There’s more to Staples than just selling office products; they are touching the lives of real people by making it easy to make more happen. And, that’s a for-sure!

Aldi USA Store Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | November 11, 2016

Aldi giving Walmart and Kroger a run for their money!

aldi-signALDI, founded by the Albrecht family, opened its first store in Germany in 1961, making it the first discount store in the world. Since that time, the Aldi family of stores has grown to include 665 locations in the UK (with almost half of those popping up in the past three years) and 1540 US locations in 34 states in the US. And, here’s the real kicker, by 2018, ALDI’s US stores will number 2000, as they open their doors to 650 new locations, including Southern California.

Should Walmart and Kroger be worried?

Aldi USA store Map

Aldi USA store Map

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In a word, yes. Although these two giants combined take a third of the market share, ALDI’s popularity and aggressive expansion plans are giving them a run for their money.

What’s making ALDI so popular with consumers?

First, the ALDI business model  is simple: no frills, high quality, low prices and a quick in-and-out shopping experience for its customers. The other difference is that the average size of an ALDI store is 16,500 sq ft, compared with Kroger’s 61,000 sq ft and Walmart’s 104,000 sq ft. With only four or five aisles in each store and fewer brands to choose from, ALDI shoppers cut their shopping time dramatically. In today’s fast and furious world, saving time as well as money is a great incentive to shop ALDI.

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Gloria Sauvé
Communications and Marketing

Chipotle Stores Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | November 4, 2016

Chipotle’s Mexican Grill: more good things coming your way in 2017

chipotleAt Chipotle’s, good, fresh, nutritious food is no accident, it’s a commitment. Every ingredient in a Chipotle’s dish is the best quality money can buy. Vegetables and meat are sourced from farmers, rather than factories. By using only fresh, raw ingredients, with no fillers or additives, every meal served up at Chipotle’s oozes freshness and flaunts flavour.

With 2,128 locations across the United States, Chipotle’s has become a household name.

Chipotle USA Locations

Chipotle store map

Chipotle’s plans for 2017 include opening between 195 and 210 new store locations. A new interior concept that will improve customer flow and provide better seating options is currently being tested. As well, customers will soon be able to use a tablet to order their food in the restaurant right from their table–no more waiting in line. Lots of great things coming up for Chipotle customers!

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Gloria Sauvé
Communications and Marketing

 

 

 

Dunkin’ Donuts USA Location Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap | October 16, 2016

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Dunkin’ Donuts: that’s a lot of donut holes!

dunkindonuts-cu-downloadWhether they dunk, dip, nibble or gobble, Americans sure do like their donuts!

With more than 8,400 Dunkin’ Donuts locations across the U.S.A., and 52 varieties of donuts, that’s a lot of donut holes!

While most of the Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.A. locations are on the east coast, the company continues to expand westward, opening 30 new stores in California and another 300 planned in that state over the coming years.

Dunkin’ Donuts U.S.A. locations, as of September 29, 2016

Click on the StatsMap  for an expanded view.

Dunkin Donuts Store Map USA

Want your coffee to be ready when you are?

Download the Dunkin’ Mobile App, which allows members of the DD Perks Rewards Program to place their order in advance with On-the-Go Ordering. Now, that’s service!

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Gloria Sauvé
Finance and Marketing

 

Costco Store Map

| Chain Store Map, Location Map, StatsMap, Uncategorized | August 6, 2016

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Costco members remain loyal, but we knew they would.

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Have you noticed fewer cars in the Costco parking lots, these past few weeks? No? Me, neither.

It’s only been a short seven weeks since Costco and American Express broke up, after going steady for 16 years.  As of June 16, of this year, amid a frenzy of complaints from its members, Costco began its partnership with Citi Visa…and customers were furious!

This morning, as I stood among dozens of other Costco aficionados, I realized that there’s little, if anything, Costco could do that would turn away its die-hard customers. I mean, where else can you buy 48 rolls of toilet tissue in one heavy and unmanageable package, along with a 50″ flat screen television, a new pair of jogging pants, a 40-pack of 40 AA batteries and a garden swing–all in one store? Let’s face it, Costco’s got us in the palm of its multi-billion dollar hand, and we are its willing captives.

Costco Store Map USA

Costco Store Map USA

Costco Store Map Canada

Costco Store Map Canada

If you’ve been longing to have a Costco store in your neck of the woods, check out the list of new store openings in August 2016:

–Columbia, SC
–NW Columbus, OH
–East Calgary, AB (Canada)
–Wembley, UK
–Lawrence Township, NJ
–Louisville, KY
–Orlando Business Centre, FL

These are just a few of the 32 new store openings that Costco announced on September 30, 2015.  With two Costco stores in Spain and one opening in France in 2017, there’s just no stopping this big-box giant! That said, the Costco store that I’m most excited about is the one scheduled to open in my neighbourhood of Ottawa, Canada, this November–just in time for my Christmas shopping!

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Finance and Marketing

Panera Bread: a really good breadtime story!

| Chain Store Map, Location Map | May 19, 2016

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Panera BreadPanera Bread: a really good breadtime story!

I’m a bread-lover. The taste, smell and texture of bread is like a tiny bit of Heaven to my senses. Along with great taste, I’m always in search of healthier alternatives to the typical supermarket breads. And, bread slices are meant to be eaten in pairs, cradling a tasty, nutritious middle layer. Add a delicious homemade soup or salad and you’ve got a Panera Bread meal, fit for gourmets and health food fanatics, alike.

 

Panera Bread U.S.A Locations, March 22, 2016

1,932 locations in the U.S.A. 

Panera Bread USA Locations Map

Panera Bread USA Location Map

But, wait, there’s more…

Panera Bread has consistently been rated at the top of the list for its nutritious, delicious, high quality food, by such sources as The New York TimesHealth.com and Business Insider.  With a commitment to serve only quality foods,  the company tasted 30 varieties of chicken before selecting an antibiotic-free variety to serve in its stores.

Panera Bread cares about people…Panera bread shelves

All Panera Bread franchises donate all of the baked goods remaining on their shelves at the end of each day to Day End Dough-Nation. If that’s not impressive enough, some Panera Breads operate on a pay-what-you-can system, that allows customers to pay more or less than the suggested menu price. Some locations help ensure that no one goes hungry by allowing a customer who cannot pay for his or her meal at the time, to volunteer for an hour a week at the cafe to earn a voucher for a free meal.

There you go, so many great reasons to become a Panera Bread regular!

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Finance and Marketing

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