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Walmart tries to make better savers out of the unbanked

by Erika Beras Jul 7, 2017
A prepaid debit card program with a savings plan called the Vault links prizes to savings.
Latoya Roberts and her three children shop at a Walmart in a suburb outside of Pittsburgh.
Erika Beras/Marketplace

A retail story: How LA's Robertson Boulevard went from paparazzi heaven to vacant stores

by Aaron Schrank Jul 6, 2017
Once a hip indie enclave, the street went upmarket when high-end chains moved in. Then they left.
Several empty storefronts along the once-happening Robertson Boulevard shopping district in Los Angeles.
Aaron Schrank/Marketplace

How to help your pup keep calm and carry on this Fourth of July

by Paulina Velasco Jun 30, 2017
Firework pharmacopeia for our furry friends.
A dog wearing an American flag.
Hector Retamal/AFP/GettyImages

Behemoth office supply company on offer for bargain basement price

by Ryan Kailath Jun 29, 2017
You’ve seen the headlines: the death of retail, the retailpocalypse, the end of the shopping mall as you know it. Well, add another line to that narrative: Staples, the office supply store, has agreed to sell itself off for nearly…

How towns are hurt when malls run into trouble

by Marielle Segarra Jun 21, 2017
With about one in four U.S. malls estimated to shut down during the next five years, municipalities have a tax problem.
A recent Credit Suisse report estimates that about 1 in 4 U.S. malls will shut down in the next five years. Above, people walk through a nearly empty shopping mall in Waterbury, Connecticut.
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Sears’ continuing struggles have its suppliers jittery

by Aaron Schrank May 25, 2017
The struggle is real for Sears Holdings — the company behind Sears and Kmart. The once-powerful brand warned investors back in March that there was “substantial doubt” about its future. This week, Sears announced it’s pushed back a deadline on…

It’s back to basics for Target stores

by Annie Baxter May 16, 2017
Target reports its earnings Wednesday. After months of slumping sales and profits, the retailer is getting back to retailing basics: Renovating stores and pricing grocery items more competitively. That strategy means the Minneapolis-based retailer is abandoning some of the more futuristic…

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Store-branded cards are a life raft for sinking retail

by Adam Allington May 12, 2017
Department stores, those vestiges of the past, just can’t catch a break these days. Yesterday, shares of both Macy’s and Kohl’s plummeted as investors grow more pessimistic about brick-and-mortar retail in an e-commerce world. There is one silver lining: Business…

Plus-size women lose fast fashion option with Lovesick closure

by Marketplace Contributor May 3, 2017
Originally launched by Torrid, the brand targeted young plus-size women and teens.
The West Covina location for Torrid’s sister store, Lovesick, with closing signs in the window.
Chris Greenspon