Butternut Outlet Store closing

Butternut Outlet Store closing

There are 26 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Mar 10, 2008, titled Butternut Outlet Store closing. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

The Butternut Outlet Store on Plainfield Avenue is closing. Store officials blame the economy.

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Buyer

United States

#1 Mar 11, 2008
They have priced themselves out of business. Who wants to pay more for day old bread, when you can go down the street and buy fresh cheaper?
Shame

Grand Rapids, MI

#2 Mar 11, 2008
It is a shame that another local business has to close, I often forgot to go there but what they sell was good.

“Just Thinking”

Since: Nov 07

United States

#3 Mar 11, 2008
I am sure worried about Michigan. I own a small company and we are NOT going to make it either if something does not change - though I don't know what. My situation would cause about 25 job losses. It is so difficult and sad.

Since: Feb 08

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#4 Mar 11, 2008
kclh_thunk wrote:
I am sure worried about Michigan. I own a small company and we are NOT going to make it either if something does not change - though I don't know what. My situation would cause about 25 job losses. It is so difficult and sad.
It is difficult. I own three companies all in the costruction trade. First one started about 20 yrs ago, did very well, still makes good profit due to loyal customers and relations built over the years. Our prices are also the same for the last 5yrs with only minor increases in certain aspects of services offered. Second business started 15yrs ago in snow removal, and because of liability, accounts are willing to pay a fair price in service, not to mention quality and reliability says a lot nowadays in any line of work. And last, I started another about three years ago, it also follows suit with liabilty so work is plenty, again quality and reliability at a fair price.
What I didn't mention is the huge increase in cost of goods, fuel, and so on. I have no employees, just sub-contractors that I have worked with for years, so overhead is low. Now I am doing fine, but I also work my A@@ off. 12 to sometimes 22 hrs a day, and 2 to 4 hrs later I am back on a job site. How do I have time to post? Because I work my a@@ off and my boss appreciates that. lol

It does seem though, every day almost a local business is closing, or laying off employees.
Spellman

United States

#5 Mar 11, 2008
_Mudman wrote:
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It is difficult. I own three companies all in the costruction trade. First one started about 20 yrs ago, did very well, still makes good profit due to loyal customers and relations built over the years. Our prices are also the same for the last 5yrs with only minor increases in certain aspects of services offered. Second business started 15yrs ago in snow removal, and because of liability, accounts are willing to pay a fair price in service, not to mention quality and reliability says a lot nowadays in any line of work. And last, I started another about three years ago, it also follows suit with liabilty so work is plenty, again quality and reliability at a fair price.
What I didn't mention is the huge increase in cost of goods, fuel, and so on. I have no employees, just sub-contractors that I have worked with for years, so overhead is low. Now I am doing fine, but I also work my A@@ off. 12 to sometimes 22 hrs a day, and 2 to 4 hrs later I am back on a job site. How do I have time to post? Because I work my a@@ off and my boss appreciates that. lol
It does seem though, every day almost a local business is closing, or laying off employees.
If you own your own company......than who's your boss that appreciates your hard work. What a liar, probably on welfare looking at porn all day on the computer. loser

Since: Feb 08

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#6 Mar 11, 2008
Spellman wrote:
<quoted text> If you own your own company......than who's your boss that appreciates your hard work. What a liar, probably on welfare looking at porn all day on the computer. loser
If you knew what self-employed means. You also would know I am my own boss.

Does your comment relate to your carrer?

Since: Feb 08

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#7 Mar 11, 2008
Oops! Career.
cbage

Aurora, CO

#8 Mar 11, 2008
Buyer wrote:
They have priced themselves out of business. Who wants to pay more for day old bread, when you can go down the street and buy fresh cheaper?
Your mis-conception is a common one - the butternut thrift stores DO NOT sell "day old" bread, it is the same stuff you would find at Meijer or Aldi or wherever else you buy groceries.
John

Grand Rapids, MI

#9 Mar 11, 2008
just another sign of the bad economic times unfortunately.

like me fill my car up with $3.40 a gallon gas today.
Don

American Fork, UT

#10 Mar 11, 2008
Buyer wrote:
They have priced themselves out of business. Who wants to pay more for day old bread, when you can go down the street and buy fresh cheaper?


Shows what you know about these stores in Grand Rapids michigan. These stores sold fresh bread, snacks, as well as other products that were more times than none fresher than that of what retail stores were selling. And as for there prices they were a heck of alot cheaper than that of Meijers, or any other store for that matters. If we continue to lose all these small business than this whole world and economy is in trouble. We need to take charge and continur to lobby our law makers, and elected officials to step up to the plate and do what is right for michigan.
Don

American Fork, UT

#11 Mar 11, 2008
cbage wrote:
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Your mis-conception is a common one - the butternut thrift stores DO NOT sell "day old" bread, it is the same stuff you would find at Meijer or Aldi or wherever else you buy groceries.
Now there is a person who knows what these stores are all about....
Don

American Fork, UT

#12 Mar 11, 2008
Buyer wrote:
They have priced themselves out of business. Who wants to pay more for day old bread, when you can go down the street and buy fresh cheaper?
The misconception is amazing. Butternut Outlets are simply a place to sell overstock. Not day old bread. The bread I would get from there was much fresher. And prices...

Meijer Outlet Saved
Butternut Lg.$2.09 $1.00 $1.09
Homepride Wheat $2.29 $1.29 $1.00
8- Pack Buns $1.99 $1.00 .99

I would like to know where the hell you got your information from that it was day old bread more expensive then the fresh stuff.
Don

American Fork, UT

#13 Mar 11, 2008
Formatting was screwed up.. Sorry...

Product ------ Meijer ---- Outlet ---- Saved
Butternut Lg.-$2.09 -----$1.00 -----$1.09
Homepride Wheat-$2.29 ----$1.29 -----$1.00
8- Pack Buns---$1.99 ----$1.00 ------.99

To me the savings sure adds up..

Since: Jul 07

Grand Rapids, MI

#14 Mar 11, 2008
Don wrote:
Formatting was screwed up.. Sorry...
Product ------ Meijer ---- Outlet ---- Saved
Butternut Lg.-$2.09 -----$1.00 -----$1.09
Homepride Wheat-$2.29 ----$1.29 -----$1.00
8- Pack Buns---$1.99 ----$1.00 ------.99
To me the savings sure adds up..
Don't forget to mention that if you bought 3 loafs of bread it was $2 and something. So ya save on the third loaf.

I love this store I always go there to buy my bread. Esp. when I hate to go in stores. Quick and easy in and out. Thats how I like it and the cheaper price is a major plus. I am surely going to miss this store!

Since: Feb 08

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#17 Mar 11, 2008
Dazed and confused wrote:
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My thoughts exactly.
If you OWNED three companies, wouldn't you be your own boss?
It is a joke, sorry to confuse you. Yes, three companies (or, three jobs, however you look at it.) One as I mentioned is in residential building, as you know is not necessarily booming, can be micro-managed with the help of my wonderful wife. Second (seasonal) is snow removal and if it snows, it has to be removed. Simple. Thankfully it was a good year. Finally,(again seasonal) grading of parking lots, removal and installation of asphalt, drain repairs, and patch work. With the harsh winter we had, hopefully it will also be a good year. So to manage all of this, and work in the field, it is a lot of work. I choose to do this, and will continue as long as the profits are there. Now you know.

We need these local businesses to stay open, and stop spending at these "1 800" companies. Not easy, but any effort is at least an effort.

Since: Sep 07

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#18 Mar 11, 2008
Maybe their pricing was out of line. I shop at the Aunt Millie's outlet on 10 Mile, and they can't keep their shelves stocked fast enough!

You think you're getting fresh bread at the stores? THINK AGAIN!
Wide_Stance

Aurora, CO

#19 Mar 11, 2008
u can also make your own bread at home that will taste better than that butternut or wonder or whatever. a bit of effort, but if you're concerned about $, give it a shot. make 2 or 3 loaves and freezer what u don't need. economics aside, it tastes better.
Don

American Fork, UT

#21 Mar 11, 2008
Wide_Stance wrote:
u can also make your own bread at home that will taste better than that butternut or wonder or whatever. a bit of effort, but if you're concerned about $, give it a shot. make 2 or 3 loaves and freezer what u don't need. economics aside, it tastes better.
Asside from effort. A lot of Americans are struggling to pay their mortage, so who really has the money to make all of your bread homemade? Especially if you are trying to raise kids, and go through the stuff.. The economy sucks, especially in Michigan, thanks to Granholm
Wide_Stance

Aurora, CO

#22 Mar 12, 2008
Don wrote:
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Asside from effort. A lot of Americans are struggling to pay their mortage, so who really has the money to make all of your bread homemade? Especially if you are trying to raise kids, and go through the stuff.. The economy sucks, especially in Michigan, thanks to Granholm
You're not a very happy camper are ya Don?
alright

United States

#23 Mar 12, 2008
Wide_Stance wrote:
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You're not a very happy camper are ya Don?
...I like to camp

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