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Retail sales up, retail stores down

by Mitchell Hartman Jul 16, 2019
Gains by online merchants often come at the expense of brick-and-mortar stores.
A "closing sale" sign stands outside one of the last few open stores at the Schuylkill Mall in Frackville, Pennsylvania. The mall closed in 2018.
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In Texas, immigrant businesses breathe new life into old units

by Miguel Perez May 6, 2019
There are a lot of empty retail spaces across the United States looking for fresh ideas to lure in shoppers. Urban designers say it’s all about offering something you can’t get online. In some cases, immigrant business owners in Texas…
Wooden sign board hanging on door of cafe
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Kohl's banks on Amazon returns to improve store traffic

by Ben Bradford Apr 24, 2019
Kohl's is expanding a deal with Amazon that allows online shoppers to return their merchandise at Kohl's stores.
Customers enter a Kohl's store on August 21, 2018 in San Rafael, California.
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Divided Decade

Divided Decade: How the financial crisis changed retail

by Tommy Andres Dec 20, 2018
A decade later, everything is still on sale.
American consumers have gotten used to deep discounts that started during the Great Recession.
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Costco’s membership warehouse model has been faring well in the competitive retail space

by Mitchell Hartman May 29, 2018
Later this week, we’ll get quarterly earnings from Costco, the nationwide warehouse-discounter. The chain offers a limited number of items — premium and private-label — priced to sell. So how is the company faring as it faces an ever-more competitive retail…

Stores switch holiday sales strategy

by Nancy Marshall-Genzer Dec 22, 2017
You’ve waited until the last minute to do your Christmas shopping. It’s too late to order stuff online and get it by Christmas Day so you have to head to the mall. Brick-and-mortar stores have the advantage now. And they…

Retailers rethink physical stores as online shopping grows

by Aaron Schrank Dec 19, 2017
Retailers are shrinking stores and making them more interactive to make them more attractive to customers.
Nordstrom Local opened in Oct. on Melrose Place in West Hollywood, California. 
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Startup called Bodega hits a nerve with actual bodega customers

by Jana Kasperkevic Sep 13, 2017
Can a vending machine replace the friendly corner store?
Jesus Martinez works at his bodega grocery store.
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How some brick-and-mortar retailers will survive e-commerce

by Mitchell Hartman May 10, 2016
Retailers are trying to generate foot traffic in stores with food offerings and more "branded experience."
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Retail shakeout: Web stores on the rise

by Mitchell Hartman Apr 28, 2016
Retailers are trying to figure out how to match the sales volume and customer experience of brick-and-mortar stores on their e-commerce sites.
Wal-Mart will close more than 100 stores this year.
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