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Aldi remodel complete! June 1, 2017

Posted by Kenny Norman in north.
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Aldi reopened their 52nd & Keystone store on May 25. I went in there tonight, May 30, and was pleasantly surprised how they put the 20 additional feet to the right to good use! First off, the lighting is a lot calmer inside. Instead of being evenly bright, it shines selectively on certain items and gives the eyes a break elsewhere. Second, there’s signage for EVERYTHING. No matter how small the section, there’s a sign above its location in its aisle to help you find it. Third, there are more aisles now. Fourth, there is a break in every aisle in the same spot so you can cut through the store now. Fifth, there’s more space in the aisles now. Three carts could probably be nearly side by side now without incident. The layout has more freezer space and a few things have been moved. The bread is along the wall instead of by the checkout lines, the produce is in the corner, and the baking supplies are in the middle of the store. The juice is now where the bread once was by the checkout lines. I don’t like how they made a smaller space for apple juice. They used to have a space eight feet wide and six feet tall. Now it’s two feet wide and three feet tall. It’s too easy for me to buy their entire supply now. Sadly, they STILL close at 8:00 p.m. I tried to get out tonight and found that out when I was locked in. I just manually unlocked the door, pushed the doors open, walked out, and pulled the doors closed behind me. I didn’t really notice any NEW merchandise, but the remodel makes the place more pleasant to look at and easier to find things.

Spotting Sakura November 7, 2016

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After Covered Bridges, Ebony and I needed somewhere to eat. With our beloved Perkins, our usual after-Covered Bridges dinner spot, destroyed, we opted for Sakura off 71st & Keystone. I drive by this place literally every week and wonder what it’s like in there. When we got there, we had to park at the closed vet’s office next door due to insufficient parking. We got inside to find out that it wasn’t too crowded and we were seated immediately. I had a teriyaki chicken entree for $12. I really thought it would be a lot more expensive than it was, and I’m glad it wasn’t. Thankfully, they didn’t skimp on the portions. I almost had to resort to a to-go box, which Ebony actually used. The chicken also came with rice and vegetables, all of which were wonderfully tasty. The flavors were interesting. I have a hard time describing just what they added to their teriyaki sauce to make it unique, but it works. I feel like I got a good value for the money. The wait staff wasn’t the friendliest, but they WERE rather prompt and checked back frequently for drink refills and plate removal. I recommend this place and I hope to go back again. As I said, I drive by this place literally every week and therefore, I should be able to go back sometime soon.

Review: House of Cheung August 5, 2015

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I went to House of Cheung off 71st & Keystone for dinner on July 31, 2015. I had passed this several times, and now that the Broad Ripple MCL and Greek’s have both closed, I need a new close place to eat. Admittedly, I was quite curious. The prices were fair for a standard Chinese restaurant without a buffet. Most entrees were under $10. I picked the chicken with snow peas because the teriyaki chicken was deep fried. I also decided to try their wonton soup. The wonton soup was fairly delicious, but not special or exceptional enough to justify an extra $2.The chicken and snow peas were tasty, but a little on the bland side. I had to use a little soy sauce to add more flavor. The waitress checked back frequently for soda refills, and I asked for four. I also had an egg roll for an appetizer, and this had more taste than anything I’d had, though it could use more flavor as well. Service was nice and friendly, prices were reasonable, and wait time was between short and moderate, but I’m not too sold on the food. I may come back again to order a different entree. Also, I found it peculiar that they use Square for all their credit card transactions instead of using a standard cash register with a card-swiping device.

Target vs. Wal-Mart, October 2012 edition November 3, 2012

Posted by Kenny Norman in east, miscellaneous, north, south, west.
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While I really, REALLY like Target more than Wal-Mart, I prefer to shop at Wal-Mart ’cause every time, Wal-Mart’s prices are cheaper for what I’m looking for. People say that Target is cheaper than Wal-Mart and I give them my “WTF?” face, usually reserved for Lady Gaga’s music videos. I ask them what they mean and they can’t really elaborate. People also tell me that Target has higher quality items than Wal-Mart, which I can see in theory, but again I put on my “WTF?” face, ’cause I can’t really understand how the same size, same name-brand item can be higher quality at one store over another. But I was curious to see if I was right, so I did some price hunting for products I usually buy at Wal-Mart and Target.

I found that Wal-Mart was cheaper or the same as Target in every case except the Irish Spring 8-pack of soap, and some items sold at Wal-Mart aren’t even stocked at Target. One of my friends who works at the Nora Target tells me that each Target prices differently, which is a valid point. There are six Targets in Indianapolis- 3 North, 1 East, 1 West, and 1 South. However, after further investigation, I find that the Glendale, Nora, Castleton, West 38th Street, and Washington Square Mall Targets are ALL more expensive than my close Keystone Wal-Mart. (I’ve never been to the South Side Target at the deadly Emerson & Southport.) It’s a shame, really. I like the atmosphere, order, people, cleanliness, service, stock, classiness, and design of any Target FAR more than any Wal-Mart and really would rather shop at Target. I just wish they’d lower their prices.

Target really screwed us over August 6, 2012

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Target really screwed us over.

 

Don’t get me wrong- I LIKE shopping at Target, despite the fact that they bill themselves as a “discount retailer” while being kinda pricey. (I’d hate to see who they compare themselves to when they say “discount retailer”!) But anyway, back in 2002, Target kinda screwed the inner-city North side Indy by closing the Target I went to at 52nd & Keystone. (As of early 2008, it’s a Dollar Tree that I go to all the time!) That Target closed January 31, 2003. People were saying, “Oh, just go to the one in Nora at 82nd & College. It’ll be a SuperTarget.” I had two problems with this:

 

  1. It’s NOT a SuperTarget. Nora just renovated and the renovations weren’t seamless- their new building wasn’t open until July 2004.
  2. THERE’S A WAL-MART ON THE WAY!!!! Halfway there, too! And going from 52nd & Keystone to 86th & College is a 15-minute drive (it’s already a 10-minute drive to get to 52nd & Keystone for me)- why do that when there’s a Wal-Mart only 7 minutes farther at 71st & Keystone?

 

Years later, after the sacrifice of the dearly departed Glendale Mall, Target came back to the inner-city (but in a more suburban location) north side at 62nd & Keystone by building a new Target on the site of the former Glendale Mall, which opened in July 2008. However, 5.5 years is a long time to go without an easily accessible Target, and by then, we had long since switched to Wal-Mart. So while I like shopping at Target, I’m out of the habit of going there, and also, my dad hates NOT one-stop shopping, and Target is not a one-stop shop.