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February 20, 2011 – Comments (13)

Twas a gloomy Chicago day.  The sky was crying rain in a failing attempt to wash away the corruption from our streets. I and my motley crue of traveling troubadors embarked on our journey.

We entered the depths of Naperville, and suddenly, sharply there it was. Our destination stood out like a beacon of light. We rushed in seeking shelter from the storm.
Spicy Pickle.

Ok, if your with me this far I'll give the review-

Good location, signage stands out from a busy road. The stores surrounding it seemed empty, but this is a new mall so I don't think that the lessors have even moved in yet.

Service was excellent. All questions were answered and it looked like the teenagers working there enjoyed their jobs. Which is a refreshing change from the slack-jawed response I'm used to getting.

The two beer drinkers in the crowd were delighted that beer was offered; I got my BUD he got his SAM.  At this point we went for a table. Looking at the sq.ft. I figured you could pack 50 people in at any given time. And the traffic was heavy. I counted 15 people when I first walked in.

Food was brought out to you on a white platter.  I got the special - half sandwich and a bowl of soup for $5.95. It was called the Cuban. Really tasty. My one complaint is that they gave me a bowl of soup with some bread, but no butter.  Noodles were really good and thick but not enough chicken.

All of a sudden a busload of female volleyballers walks in. Place was packed. (For you pervs out there don't get any ideas, they were underage) So I had to ask the manager, "wow is it always like this?"  He said no, business has been slow, but he gets the volleyball crowd on Sundays. Normal business is $1,000 to $1,500 a day. I should have demanded to see his balance sheet, but that would have been somewhat bold.  At any rate, they had the entire team plus assorted coaches and parents served in an amazingly short time, and they were on their way before we finished.

Oh! And we all got a pickle and it was spicy!!!

13 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 20, 2011 at 11:50 PM, Valyooo (33.92) wrote:

Why would  you tell the pervs they are underaged?  That makes it even better

I mean...

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#2) On February 21, 2011 at 12:46 AM, HarryCaraysGhost (87.19) wrote:

, Valyooo 

Can you give a pitch for the Pickle.

Do it ,dude.

You've got my pitch already.

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#3) On February 21, 2011 at 1:03 AM, Valyooo (33.92) wrote:

I wish there was a spicy pickle near me, I would be all for trying it.

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#4) On February 21, 2011 at 3:38 AM, magnetpal (< 20) wrote:

Hey Harry, thanks for this :). I was wondering to get a feedback about spicy pickle and am glad you got one :).

In yahoo message board, there were some good feedbacks too. Check it out.

 Got 11k shares averaged at 0.063$ :).


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#5) On February 21, 2011 at 11:43 AM, TSIF (99.98) wrote:

Now why did you go and post this review? :)

I just spent 20 minutes side tracked researching the company and I don't even like pickles!!!  An interesting penny stock, but I don't see any growth coming this year.  Their purchse of the Bread Garden appears it will slow them down as they rebrand and expansion has drastically slowed. the last two years.  Their stock outstanding is very surprisingly low for a penny stock and they seem to be doing well not issuing too much. They are half way through a $2 Million loan from insiders and burn rate isn't too bad.  They do have about 8 Million more in stock options out from the last two years, plus the loans could turn to shares.  Overall an interesting penny play that might surprise and fit some peoples risk/reward level...if only I liked pickles!

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#6) On February 21, 2011 at 9:55 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (87.19) wrote:

Valyooo-  yeah I guess I should'nt have mentioned that part. Last thing I need is a bunch of Chester the molestor types showing up wearing nothing but a raincoat. Creeping out the customers.

magnetpal- No problem, I had a lot of fun doing this. It's always nice when I can check out the brick and mortar stores of a stock I own. Like I said it was a very pleasant experience all around.

Thanks for the reveiws I'll check them out. I've read quite a few reveiws and it seems to me that they have been getting more glowing praise since the new management has stepped in. So it look's to me that their plans are taking effect.

TSIF- Sorry, man. But the pickles are awesome,  (Spicy... mmm,mmm good)

I've read that they are set to go financially throughout 2011. So this is a key year. Your absolutley correct about the risk/reward factor, so it's not like I bet the farm, but enough to where if the stock takes off I shall be rewarded handsomely.

Honestley If I get a 10 bagger out of this (not really a stretch since that would only be .70 pr/sh) I would be profit taking. Maybe sell half.  

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#7) On February 21, 2011 at 10:07 PM, BlackSwanCapital (63.13) wrote:

I live about 4 blocks from a spicy pickle (Austin, TX).  This particular one is very well located (within a 5 minute walk from any of the University Dorms).  

Now realize that the University of Texas has about 50,000 students.  

Surpisingly, business is not "booming."  It's ok, there are usually 4-5 people inside (I'd say max capacity of 40).  Occasionally you get the Frat/Sorority crowd, but they don't have the kind of popularity you'd expect given all the geographic advantages.   

This is probably why I've only been able to view the stock with skeptical interest. 


I should take pictures for you fellas.  I pass by every weekday. 

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#8) On February 21, 2011 at 10:08 PM, BlackSwanCapital (63.13) wrote:

Forgot to mention, food beats subway by leagues.

But it seems to be missing a "pop" factor.   

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#9) On February 21, 2011 at 10:11 PM, BlackSwanCapital (63.13) wrote:

I feel the need to add that this is probably the best location of any spicy pickle currently in operation.  The closest Wendy's is probably the highest grossing in the nation (there's always a staggering line, even in the wee hours of the morning).

And this IS the college crowd, prone to try anything...  I'm very reluctant to invest at the moment... 

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#10) On February 21, 2011 at 10:58 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (87.19) wrote:

BlackSwanCapital - valid points, I have my one experience of going, and the place was a-bumping. I did mention that the manager said it's not always like this.

Whether you invest or not really has no interest to me. I'm not a pumper. If the Pickle can start turning a profit I'll make a profit that's all.

Agreed the food kicks subways ass.

I think with a solid advertising plan they could get that "pop" factor. I really want to see a Spicy Pickle commercial on T.V or at least the radio. Maybe I'll write the ad, and send it to them free of charge : )

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#11) On February 24, 2011 at 1:12 PM, chk999 (99.96) wrote:

I've eaten at a SP a number of times and I'm not that whelmed. The food is ok, but seems kinda expensive. There are four or five places I'd rather eat that are nearby. 

One of the them is right next to a CMG. The CMG had a line out the door and the SP had one person at the counter. 

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#12) On February 24, 2011 at 9:09 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (87.19) wrote:


I got the special so it was $5.95. The rest of the menu was at $6.95.

I'll link a menu. Are you near the Canadian locations?

I can't comment on CMG since I have'nt tried the food. I want to try it since TMFbabo seems obsessed with the place.

Early warning on the stock. Was driving past a CMG and kinda wanted to stop, but no time. Drove another two blocks and saw the sign CMG coming soon. I remember the Starbucks effect of over expansion.

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#13) On February 24, 2011 at 9:44 PM, HarryCaraysGhost (87.19) wrote:

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