Oh goodie ... where do I sign up for my US Citizenship ???EastGTARedFlagger wrote: ↑ The poor quality of Canadian restaurant and retail chains is directly attributed to what I mentioned earlier -- crazy loyal customer base that won't budge no matter how bad they get, and no fear of foreign competition, because so few invaders manage to gain a foothold. Five Guys is a rare case (some on this forum wrote them off right away due to their high prices and lack of promos/combos/loyalty program; I think you all know which "wiseguy" I'm talking about), where they barged in and DIDN'T get snuffed out by the competition; Papa John's (pretty good) and Little Caesars (bad, but still foreign) are more than holding their own against Pizza Pizza and the rest of the bad domestic chains. Starbucks is the rarest of them all, comes in AND stuffs out the incumbent. So if you let the invader kick your ass (like Second Cup did), you must really suck.
The key is that Starbucks did not come here to be complacent - they hold their Canadian locations to the same high standards they do the rest of the chain, and if there's an improvement back home in Seattle (new menu item that's selling, rewards program, promo), they don't hesitate to bring it here (contrast with Popeyes Canada and that stupid sandwich). So when taking on weaklings like Second Cup (who are complacent and didn't even start a rewards program until Starbucks Rewards was already 4 years in) it's no contest. Second Cup had no answer and they will pay the ultimate price for their complacency. Good riddance.
I would love to see foreign companies come in and destroy the following too but I know it'll never happen, due to the above as well as government protectionism:
MTY Shit Restaurants Group (need I say more?)
Loblaws (oh how I wish we could get Wegmans, Meijer, and Trader Joe's)
Recipe Unlimited (all the Cara and Prime crap especially Swiss Chalet nasty sauce, Harvey's, East Side Mario, and the Keg)
Obsidian Group (see above, they're RU Jr. with a sneaky surcharge added to the bill)
Earl's/Joey/Cactus Club/SIR Corp (same crap as RU but charges double)
Boston Pizza (need I say more?)
Crappy Chinese Tire (oh how I wish we could get Pep Boys and Ace Hardware)
Dollarama (oh how I wish we could get Dollar General to go along with Dollar Tree...)
Tim Horton's (we can keep Popeye's and grudgingly BK, and let's get Dunkin instead)
Mary Browns (Chick-Fil-A! Chick-Fil-A!)
the dairy cartel (need I say more?)
the poultry cartel (same)
CF shopping malls (oh how I wish we could have Westfield instead)
Seriously man ... you are shilling for US Cos at the expense of a whole bunch of Cdn ones
Don’t get me wrong, I love shopping in the US too ... I think everyone has their favourite stores & restaurants there
But I am not ready for the USA to just walk in here and take over
Agree, not all the Cdn Cos on your list are my faves either ... not that should be ... variety is the spice of life
Different people like different things. And that’s fair.
But honestly some of your choices, I would have to say aren’t any better than what we have now ...
Dunkin Donuts and Chick-Fil-A ... America can keep em as far as I care