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Situation: Goal: Proposal:

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Situation: Goal: Proposal:

by gmat_perfect » Sat Aug 07, 2010 6:48 am
Situation: For five years the Souper restaurant chain has maintained rapid sales growth in Danport, primarily by opening new restaurants that draw patrons away from other restaurants in their vicinity.

Goal: Souper wishes to achieve continued rapid sales growth in Danport over the next two years.

Proposal for consideration: Continue to open new restaurants in Danport during the next two years at the same rate as in the last two years.

In light of the situation, which of the following, if true, most strongly argues that adopting the proposal would be an ineffective way of achieving the goal?

(A) At times at which customers find Souper restaurants too crowded, they often go to other restaurants nearby.

(B) The Souper chain has generally opened new restaurants in locations that are in the vicinity of a large number of other restaurants.

(C) Souper restaurants generally offer a much smaller variety of foods than many of the other restaurants in their vicinity.

(D) Virtually all potential sites for new Souper restaurants in Danport are located in the vicinity of existing Souper restaurants.

(E) Souper restaurants have always offered meals that are somewhat less expensive than meals at restaurants that compete with Souper for patrons.


[spoiler]I was between C and D. Finally I choose C. But the answer is D.

Can any one explain why C is wrong and why D is correct?

Thanks.[/spoiler]

I was thinking in the way"


If all the potential sites to open new restaurants are near the existing restaurants of their own and if their existing restaurants have over flow of customers, new restaurants will be successful. What is the wrong in my logic?

Thanks.

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by paes » Sat Aug 07, 2010 8:55 am
IMO D

C is clearly out, I was little confuse with B.

argument says :
opening new restaurants that draw patrons away from other restaurants in their vicinity.

Read the question stem :
most strongly argues that adopting the proposal would be an ineffective way of achieving the goal?

now read C and D.

C is just a information.
D clearly says that the strategy is not good. You can't assume "restaurants have over flow of customers" . There is no such information in the argument.

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by reply2spg » Sat Aug 07, 2010 11:31 am
Very good question, thanks Mr Perfect. +1

As Paes has already mentioned I also reached to answer D.

Just keep hold of one line in situation - 'draw patrons away from other restaurants in their vicinity.'

Let's see each option in depth

gmat_perfect wrote:Situation: For five years the Souper restaurant chain has maintained rapid sales growth in Danport, primarily by opening new restaurants that draw patrons away from other restaurants in their vicinity.

Goal: Souper wishes to achieve continued rapid sales growth in Danport over the next two years.

Proposal for consideration: Continue to open new restaurants in Danport during the next two years at the same rate as in the last two years.

In light of the situation, which of the following, if true, most strongly argues that adopting the proposal would be an ineffective way of achieving the goal?

(A) At times at which customers find Souper restaurants too crowded, they often go to other restaurants nearby. - Incorrect, This is actually strengthening the proposal. Customers will go out because of the overcrowding, means 'S' restaurant is achieving the goal, OUT

(B) The Souper chain has generally opened new restaurants in locations that are in the vicinity of a large number of other restaurants. - Incorrect, If this is true, then it is also true that form last 2 yrs 'S' restaurant has open new restaurants in the vicinity, where there were large number of other restaurants present. So in this situation 'S' can still achieve it's goal, OUT

(C) Souper restaurants generally offer a much smaller variety of foods than many of the other restaurants in their vicinity. - Incorrect, we already know that from last 2 yrs 'S' restaurant has maintained rapid sales growth. Keeping the same thing in mind 'S' restaurant is proposing something to achieve the goal. If variety of food were less, then achieved result would not have happed. What if though variety is less but quality is number one in the vicinity and price is less? So in that case this option also can help 'S' restaurants to achieve its goal

(D) Virtually all potential sites for new Souper restaurants in Danport are located in the vicinity of existing Souper restaurants. - Bingo!!!!!!Hope you still remember the sentence, which we hold initially. Passage clearly says that ''S' achieves its sales growth by drawing patrons away from other restaurants in their vicinity.' So, if I have a proposal to open the restaurant in the same vicinity, where I already have one restaurant, then my new restaurant will reduce the sale of existing one or vice versa. So net net I will not be profited rather my sale will suffer the competition. Therefore, this is correct answer

(E) Souper restaurants have always offered meals that are somewhat less expensive than meals at restaurants that compete with Souper for patrons. - Incorrect, this will actually strengthens the proposal of the goal.


[spoiler]I was between C and D. Finally I choose C. But the answer is D.

Can any one explain why C is wrong and why D is correct?

Thanks.[/spoiler]

I was thinking in the way"


If all the potential sites to open new restaurants are near the existing restaurants of their own and if their existing restaurants have over flow of customers, new restaurants will be successful. What is the wrong in my logic?

Thanks.
Hope this help.
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by beatthegmatinsept » Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:42 pm
Took 1 minute. I came up with D too. The above explanation makes perfect sense.
I used "primarily by opening new restaurants that draw patrons away from other restaurants in their vicinity" to get to D as well.

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by debmalya_dutta » Mon Aug 09, 2010 3:04 pm
Took 1 min 28 secs ..
Came up with D