Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Roxana Chikezie
Publisher: Outskirts Press
“We shop before or after work, school, on our lunch break, between other appointments, etc. We hope to get what we need as quickly as possible with few to no problems along the way. This guide book is meant to take the guess work out of shopping,” Roxana Chikezie writes at the beginning her book, Ruc’s Retail Store Guide Book: What All Consumers Need to Save Money and Shop Smarter.
At one hundred and seventy-eight pages, this paperback targets those interested in having a quick reference to fifty big box and major retail stores and outlets in America. After a table of contents and three-page introduction, sixteen sections are dedicated to different types of stores. The ending includes shopping trip tips, helpful websites, a store directory, and notes.
Having a background in retail and customer service, author Chikezie lives in Kansas with her family. She is dedicated to saving money while shopping and sharing her knowledge with others.
Dividing the book into sixteen store types, the themes are apparel, automotive parts, crafts, department stores, small and large discount chains, drug stores, electronics/entertainment, health/beauty, home goods, home improvement, office supply, pets, sporting goods, supermarkets, and warehouse/wholesale clubs.
Two to six listings under each, the store is covered in two to three pages, noting hours, holidays, merchandise categories, services/features, gift cards, store cards, store credit card, website, rebates, flyers, and email sign-up information. Some pages include social media sites, mobile apps, and general contact information.
While the apparel section includes Marshalls, Ross Stores, and TJ Max, the department stores list JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Sears. Kmart and Walmart are under the large discount chains while the small chain selections are Big Lots, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Family Dollar. Disappointingly, the two supermarkets are Aldi and Whole Foods, with no information on well-known names such as Ralphs, Safeway, or Trader Joe’s.
The tips at the end may be helpful to some but common knowledge to the seasoned shopper. Even though the reader can glean the same information from the internet instantly, this may be a good source book for quick and easy hands-on reference or to get mobile app, social media, or coupon/rebate links. Unfortunately, only fifty stores out of the myriads nationwide are listed.
Thanks to Bookpleasures and the author for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review based on the reader’s honest opinions.