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  • Hastings stores to close

    07/25/2016 1:39:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 23 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Staff/HERALD REVIEW
    SIERRA VISTA — Five weeks after filing for bankruptcy, all Hastings locations are set to close by the end of October. The Amarillo, Texas-based entertainment retail chain operates more than 120 stores across the country, including a Sierra Vista location that has been in business for more than 20 years. As of July 13, all stores stopped accepting gift cards and store credit, and following the June 13 Chapter 11 filing in a Delaware federal court, the customer buy-back program was suspended and the video game rental program ended.
  • Venezuelans now using social media to seek out basic goods

    06/15/2016 8:18:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 3 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/15/16 | Dan Calabrese
    Eight of 10 items unavailable in stores in the socialist paradise Good news: Nicolas Maduro will never be president of the United States. Bad news: It hardly matters, because neither Hillary Clinton nor Bernie Sanders quite understands what’s gone wrong with the Chavista revolution in Venezuela. Things are now so bad in the socialist paradise where Maduro haplessly presides, Venezuelans have more or less given up looking for basic goods in stores. You can’t find them there. Eight out of 10 items people need are unavailable. So they’ve taken to going on social media and asking pretty much anyone who...
  • Number of store closures already set to outpace last year

    03/19/2016 11:06:31 AM PDT · by PROCON · 49 replies ^ | March 19, 2016 | Lisa Fickenscher
    The grim reaper is on a shopping binge. The number of shuttered stores this year is already outpacing last year’s rate — and showing no signs of slowing down. Last week, Men’s Wearhouse said it will close a whopping 250 stores, while Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to close 140 stores earlier this month.
  • Albertsons to Buy Back 33 Stores It Sold as Part of Merger With Safeway

    11/26/2015 6:00:54 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | Brent Kendall and Peg Brickley
    Grocery store chain Albertsons Cos. is buying back 33 stores the government required it to sell when it acquired rival Safeway Inc. earlier this year, a highly unusual development approved by a judge on Tuesday that highlights a misfire by U.S. antitrust enforcers. Little has gone according to plan since the Federal Trade Commission allowed the Albertsons-Safeway tie-up in January on the condition that the companies sell 168 stores to preserve competition in several Western states. Without the divestitures, Albertsons would be too dominant in 130 local markets, the FTC said when it agreed to a settlement with the merging...
  • Target to close 13 stores nationwide amid plummeting profits

    11/04/2015 5:21:37 PM PST · by gwgn02 · 34 replies
    DailyMail ^ | 11/4/2015 | AP
    Target plans to close 13 stores nationwide, most in the Midwest where the store has its roots. The Minneapolis, Minnesota-based retailer says a decision to close a store usually follows several years of decreasing profitability. The retail giant plans to close the stores on January 30, 2016. The 13 are among Target's nearly 1,800 stores in the U.S.
  • Proggies make it easy: Their list of 10 companies to boycott, tells US where to BUYCOTT. . . .

    12/10/2014 2:52:32 PM PST · by Salgak · 24 replies
    "Liberals Unite" ^ | 12/9/2014 | "Mindy Fisher"
    Nothing TOO surprising here, but a list of stores and such the LibProgs hate. You know what to do. . . Because, OMG, these companies support (shudder) Conservative Values. Oh, the huge manatee!!! Admittedly, Mariott Hotels, Angel Soft, Brawny, and Dixie, and Urban Outfitters were a surprise. . .
  • FDA Finalizes Menu Labeling Rules

    11/26/2014 10:28:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies ^ | November 25, 2014 | Leah Barkoukis
    Thanks to the FDA’s calorie labeling regulations announced Tuesday, major changes will soon be coming to the food and restaurant industries. The regulation itself is nothing new; it became law in 2010 as a provision attached to the Affordable Care Act, but final rules were delayed for the past few years, thanks in large part to heavy opposition from grocery stores, pizza chains, vending machines, convenience stores, and movie theaters. Although some concessions were made, none of these industries were fully spared. By November 2015, these establishments will be forced to post calorie information on menus and menu boards, which...
  • ‘Too soon’? Shoppers horrified by ‘Easter creep’ [pics]

    01/18/2014 3:07:41 PM PST · by servo1969 · 47 replies ^ | 1-18-2014 | Twitchy Staff
    ‘Too soon’? Shoppers horrified by ‘Easter creep’ [pics (at links)] Posted at 1:17 pm on January 18, 2014 by Twitchy Staff | View Comments I just saw an easter display at the store! #toosoon #cmon #itsjanuary— Jessica Michan (@jessicamichan) January 15, 2014 For the love of everything ever, it’s January.Easter is in April this year and we haven’t even hit Valentine’s Day. But the retail calendar works a little differently these days. Behold the Easter candy displays: I think it's a little early for the Easter candy display don't ya think ? #easter— Frank Marzullo (@TrustFrank19) January 09, 2014 Yes, we...
  • JC Penney to shed 33 stores, cut 2,000 jobs

    01/16/2014 12:23:51 AM PST · by South40 · 50 replies
    MSN/Reuters ^ | 1/16/2014 | Phil Wahba
    NEW YORK – J.C. Penney Co. said on Wednesday it would close 33 stores and cut 2,000 jobs as part of its efforts to return to profitability. Chief Executive Myron Ullman said in a statement the action "addresses a strategic priority to improve the profitability of our stores." Penney is the second major U.S. retailer in as many weeks to announce layoffs. Last week, Macy's Inc said it was eliminating 2,500 jobs. Those cuts will be offset over time as the retailer plans to add positions to its online business, leaving overall staffing levels unchanged at around 175,000.
  • Target holiday cyber breach hits 40 million payment cards

    12/18/2013 7:38:18 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    Payment card data was stolen from an unknown number of Target Corp customers starting on the busy Black Friday weekend in a major breach at the U.S. retailer, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Secret Service is investigating, according to a spokesman for the agency, which safeguards the nation's payment systems. Target officials did not respond to requests for comment. Investigators believe the data was obtained via software installed on machines that customers use to swipe magnetic strips on their cards when paying for merchandise at Target stores, according to the person who was not authorized to...
  • Report: NSA stores everyone’s metadata for at least a year

    09/30/2013 10:40:18 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/30/13 | Josh Peterson
    Regardless of whether a person was targeted by the National Security Agency, the agency has been storing the online metadata “of millions of internet users for up to a year,” The Guardian reports. While the Obama administration has made statements that the NSA’s surveillance program only targets individuals connected with foreign intelligence or terrorism, top secret documents revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden demonstrate the contrary. The NSA retains “vast amounts of metadata” that allow analysts to put together a full picture of a year of a person’s life, reports The Guardian. Metadata, or data about data, includes phone...
  • Seattle Mayor Invites Businesses to Post 'Gun-Free Zone' Signs in Their Stores

    08/19/2013 12:52:59 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 83 replies
    Seattle Mayor Invites Businesses to Post 'Gun-Free Zone' Signs in Their Stores August 19, 2013 - 3:18 PM By Penny Starr ( – Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, a Democrat, is inviting local merchants to voluntarily post “Gun Free Zone” signs in their businesses, letting customers who have guns know they should shop elsewhere. “We are here to support businesses that do not wish to have guns on their premises” McGinn said in a press release issued by Washington CeaseFire, which is partnering with the mayor for the campaign. “The police department regularly enforces trespass laws when a visitor to a...
  • Obama Warns Republicans That 2013 COULD Be A Year of Solid Economic Growth

    02/02/2013 9:29:12 AM PST · by whitedog57 · 11 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 02/02/2013 | Anthony B. Sanders
    President Obama warned today that 2013 “can be a year of solid economic growth” but warned “self-inflicted wounds in Washington” would hurt progress. Translation: Republicans should surrender and allow more government spending, more “stimulus,” more debt, HIGHER taxes, etc. I don’t think that Republicans will fall for this ploy since it hasn't worked so far. Perhaps it would be easier for President Obama to deal with Grumpy Cat.
  • Twitter stores full iPhone contact list for 18 months, after scan

    02/16/2012 7:06:30 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 19 replies
    L A Times ^ | February 14, 2012, 4:56 p.m. | David Sarno
    Twitter Inc. has acknowledged that after mobile users tap the "Find friends" feature on its smartphone app, the company downloads users' entire address book, including email addresses and phone numbers, and keeps the data on its servers for 18 months. The company also said it plans to update its apps to clarify that user contacts are being transmitted and stored. The company's current privacy policy does not explicitly disclose that Twitter downloads and stores user address books.
  • Strip clubs, casinos, and liquor stores to be eliminated from welfare debit card access

    Money meant to help families on welfare provide the necessities of life are apparently being used inappropriately by some recipients.
  • Entire Apple Stores Being Faked in China

    07/21/2011 1:44:25 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 22 replies ^ | July 21, 2011 | Associated Press
    BEIJING – At first, it looks like a sleek Apple store. Sales assistants in blue T-shirts with the company's logo chat to customers. Signs advertising the iPad 2 hang from the white walls. Outside, the famous logo sits next to the words "Apple Store." And that's the clue it's fake. China, long known for producing counterfeit consumer gadgets, software and brand name clothing, has reached a new piracy milestone -- fake Apple stores.
  • (CBS NEWS) Analyst: Even Dollar Stores Struggling In ‘Obama Depression’

    07/11/2011 1:39:51 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 64 replies
    CBS Los Angeles ^ | 07/11/2011 | CBS Los Angeles
    More stores across the U.S. that offer deeply-discounted products are seeing their sales decline after years of growth amid America’s “Great Recession” — and one analyst said on Monday it’s another sign of even deeper downturn. SNIP “I think what’s going on in those stores is that we are in a depression for 80 percent of Americans,” SNIP “In other words, the economy is continuing to be worse, the Obama depression continues to explode,” he added.
  • Vibrant to Vacant: Mall Vacancies Highest in 11 Years; Online Retail Sales Hit 12%

    04/10/2011 7:41:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies ^ | 4/10/11 | Mike "Mish" Shedlock
    Online retail sales keep climbing, big box retailers keep wondering what to do with all their space, and small stores struggle to survive at all. As a result of that nasty brew, Malls Face Surge in Vacancies. Mall vacancies hit their highest level in at least 11 years in the first quarter, new figures from real-estate research company Reis Inc. showed. In the top 80 U.S. markets, the average vacancy rate was 9.1%, up from 8.7%. The outlook is especially bad for strip malls and other neighborhood shopping centers. Their vacancy rate is expected to top 11.1% later this year,...
  • Abercrombie & Fitch to Close 56 Stores

    02/15/2011 8:25:03 AM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    retail ^ | 12/15/11 | stuff
    Abercrombie & Fitch has had strong financial results since mid-2010, but it was one of the slowest major retailers to respond to the new reality of the recession, and as a result its recovery lagged far behind most of its competitors.
  • AFA's 2010 listing of top retailers and how they recognize Christmas... Shop "wisely"

    11/19/2010 6:42:53 AM PST · by mikelets456 · 5 replies
    AFA ^ | 11/17/2010 | AFA
    AFA's 2010 listing of top retailers and how they recognize Christmas Based on current advertising, below is a list of companies that avoid, ban, or use the term "Christmas" in their advertising. We will continually update the list, so check back often. Criteria - AFA reviewed up to four areas to determine if a company was "Christmas-friendly" in their advertising: print media (newspaper inserts), broadcast media (radio/television), website and/or personal visits to the store. If a company's ad has references to items associated with Christmas (trees, wreaths, lights, etc.), it was considered as an attempt to reach "Christmas" shoppers. If...
  • France: Kosher Stores Vandalized

    08/03/2010 9:58:59 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies · 19+ views
    inn ^ | 8/3/10 | Elad Benari
    The Union of Jewish Students in France (UEJF) announced on Sunday that Swastikas had been discovered last Thursday on the frontages and windows of a dozen kosher stores in Paris. A police source in Paris said that four Nazi swastikas were traced with a black marker on two shops, as well as on the wall of a Jewish school and on a nearby building of the Boulevard Voltaire (which is located in Paris’ 11th district). UEJF described the incident as “a new demonstration of anti-Semitic hatred.”
  • Winn-Dixie to close 30 stores; 120 corporate jobs being eliminated (MMM...MMM...MMM)

    07/28/2010 10:49:51 AM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 38 replies · 3+ views
    Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. on Tuesday announced it will close 30 of its 514 stores, and cut 120 jobs in its corporate and field support staffs as it deals with a continued weak economy. The Jacksonville-based supermarket chain wouldn't say which stores are closing until company officials can inform the employees involved, which should happen by the end of Wednesday. The stores being closed "can't operate efficiently or profitably" in this economy, CEO Peter Lynch said. "We just don't see a lot of good things down the road," he said. "These steps are being taken to position the company for another...
  • Retail Stores Closing Doors

    07/07/2010 9:24:50 PM PDT · by My Favorite Headache · 69 replies · 1+ views
    Wallet Pop ^ | 7-8-2010
    Bookmark and Share Retail Stores Closing Doors Our Latest Roundup for 2010 Announcements continue to roll in from retailers that have decided to close stores, slow expansion plans or cease operations altogether. From Christopher & Banks to the ESPN Zone, we update our ongoing roundup with the latest news from 2010. Read on to see which retailers are closing (at least some) of their doors. Are any of these your favorites? ESPN ZONE Announced: June 16, 2010 Walt Disney Co. closed its ESPN Zone restaurants in New York; Baltimore; Washington, DC; Las Vegas; and Chicago. With about 150 employees per...
  • Calif. moves to ban plastic bags at grocery stores

    06/02/2010 5:38:26 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 77 replies · 1,125+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2010
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- It could soon cost California shoppers at the checkout aisle if they forget to bring their own bags to the grocery store. Legislation passed Wednesday by the California Assembly would prohibit grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and convenience stores from giving out plastic bags.
  • Arabs against Arabs: Hevron Stores Burned for Dealing with Jews

    05/30/2010 12:10:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 1 replies · 237+ views
    inn ^ | 5/30/10 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The anti-Israel boycott by the Palestinian Authority took on wider dimensions Friday night when Arabs burned two Arab stores for allegedly doing business with Jews. The stores are located on “Zion Way," the route connecting Kiryat Arba with the area of the Patriarchs Cave in Hevron. The incident is another sign that the PA boycott has fostered increasingly belligerent anti-Israel sentiment. The boycott began several months ago with the confiscation in Samaria of thousands of dollars of cosmetics produced at a kibbutz near the Dead Sea in the Jordan Valley.
  • Newsom wants to charge stores that sell sodas

    09/18/2009 10:03:56 AM PDT · by MamaDearest · 73 replies · 1,450+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | September 18, 2009 | Healther Knight
    Snippets: Calling soda the new tobacco, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will introduce legislation this fall that would charge a fee to retailers that sell sugary beverages. Newsom would need voter approval to tax individual cans of soda and sugary juice, but only needs approval from the Board of Supervisors to levy a fee on retailers. His legislation would charge grocery stores like Safeway and big-box stores, but would not affect restaurants that serve sodas. Jim Lazarus, vice president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, said the group opposes the soda tax. "Does this mean there's a fee on...
  • Pier 1 could shut 80 stores as it posts losses

    03/20/2009 5:45:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies · 486+ views
    Business Week ^ | 3/20/2009 | staff
    Retailer Pier 1 Imports Inc. said Friday it lost $29.4 million in its fourth quarter and could close 80 stores this year. While better than expected, that net income amounted to a loss of 33 cents per share and showed a dramatic reversal for the three months ending Feb. 28. During the same period last year, the company earned $14 million, or 16 cents per share.
  • Christmas shopping -- Find out what stores are naughty, nice (War on Christmas)

    11/24/2008 9:41:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 2,066+ views
    one news now ^ | 11/18/2008 | Charles Butts
    Liberty Counsel is already waving a green flag for Christmas and a red flag for its opponents through this year's "Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign." Liberty Counsel founder Mat Staver, who is also dean of the Liberty University Law School, has launched the sixth annual campaign to determine what stores want to take "Christ" out of Christmas. "We'll be the friend of those entities that honor Christmas and do constitutionally what they're supposed to do; and the foe of those who intentionally try to censor Christmas, whether it's in the public square or whether it's in the retail," he explains. Liberty Counsel's website...
  • 2008 Christmas-Friendly Shopping Guide (Focus on the Family)

    11/25/2008 8:00:31 AM PST · by epow · 26 replies · 971+ views
    Focus on the Family ^ | 11/19/08 | staff writer
    How leading retailers’ messages rate Last updated: 11/19/08 We welcome your use of these ratings in your shopping decisions. As an additional way to help you communicate with the retailers we evaluated, we are providing the convenience of a petition which you can sign by visiting Retailers will be presented with petitions — thanking those that embrace "Christmas," and alerting those that have purged or marginalized "Christmas" that you object to the secularization of Christmas. We hope you will "stand for Christmas" with us and encourage the continued acknowledgement of this historic Christian observance in our culture.
  • Residents Welcome New Shop Opening

    08/10/2008 1:56:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 48+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Zach Mott, USA
    Adhamiyah residents look at the clothing being sold at the Adhamiyah Market Council Mall at the once-violent Omar Abdul Aziz street in the northern Baghdad District of Adhamiyah, Aug. 7, 2008. Photo by Sgt. Zachary Mott, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. ADHAMIYAH — Omar Abdul Aziz street was the scene of some of the fiercest fighting in the months that followed the initial surge of Coalition forces into Iraq’s capital in the summer of 2007. But now, one year later, residents of the Adhamiyah District welcomed a new shop to the area – one that will...
  • Stores await consumers' tax rebates [Charles Gibson provides reason to lower income taxes instead]

    04/18/2008 8:24:21 AM PDT · by Son House · 13 replies · 94+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | April 18, 2008 | By Jenn Abelson
    Merchants struggling with the slowdown in spending are stepping up promotions to court consumers who are expecting a cash infusion from federal rebate checks. Retailers are already planning major sales and big advertising campaigns in the fierce fight for dollars - even though the government won't start mailing out the checks until May. For merchants worried about a bleak year, this is like Christmas in spring. Store owners have good reason to expect a shopping spree. People plan to spend 40.6 percent, or about $42.9 billion, of the $105.7 billion the government is distributing in tax rebates, according to a...
  • Soldiers Offer Micro-Grants to Struggling Store Owners in Husseiniya

    03/02/2008 7:32:01 AM PST · by SandRat · 10 replies · 92+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. April Campbell, USA
    First Lt. Otis Ingram, a Colorado Springs, Colo., native, watches as a customer picks up his purchase of eggs at a shop in Husseiniya Feb. 26. Ingram talked to the store owner about the micro-grant program designed to help business owners improve their shops. Photo by Pfc. April Campbell, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division Public Affairs. HUSSEINIYA — As the door opened, the shop owner momentarily halted his conversation with the unexpected visitor to tend to the needs of a customer who walked into his dimly lit store, Feb. 26. After the customer left the store with his...
  • Jack in the Box & Citgo

    01/23/2008 8:01:34 PM PST · by sugarjack · 27 replies · 189+ views
    Jack in the Box is operating more than 50 of these co-branded sites in California, Texas, Arizona, Louisiana, Idaho, Washington and Illinois, and is contracting with petroleum marketers, including Chevron, Shell, Arco, Exxon, Texaco and Citgo to supply fuel for the locations.
  • Vanity: FYI - Website With Black Friday Sales Available Online Now

    11/23/2007 1:52:27 AM PST · by STARWISE · 27 replies · 94+ views
    18 retailers are having their Online Black Friday Sales today! Walmart's sale starts at 5:00am EST, while Staples starts at 6:00am EST and Amazon's starts at 3:00am EST, all other sales are either going on right now or will start very shortly
  • FBI Has 'Pretty Good Leads' In Threats

    08/31/2007 2:10:28 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 997+ views
    Bell South ^ | 8-31-1007 | Joe Milicia
    FBI Has 'Pretty Good Leads' in Threats Published: 8/31/07, 4:47 PM EDT By JOE MILICIACLEVELAND (AP) - The FBI is looking overseas for suspects who have phoned bomb threats to more than 24 grocery stores, banks and discount stores in 15 states, including at least six new cases Friday in Ohio. The callers have threatened to set off a bomb unless store employees wire money to an account abroad. At a Dillons grocery store in Hutchinson, Kan., the caller ordered customers and workers to take off their clothes and threatened to force them to cut off a manager's fingers. Store...
  • Store's grand opening provides goods, boosts morale for service members in Iraq

    07/03/2006 2:36:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 14 replies · 476+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Enrique S. Diaz
    CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (July 3, 2006) -- People go to convenience stores to buy pampers and baby formula or stock up on chips and dip for the next day's big game. But in Iraq, military stores known as post exchanges, play a far more important role. At this sprawling logistics base centered between the restive cities of Ramadi and Fallujah, service members now have a brand new post exchange - PX for short - where they can stock up on goods ranging from basic hygiene items to 'high-tech' equipment like laptop computers and DVD players. Built in a former mess...
  • Wal-Mart Arsons

    06/10/2006 10:26:16 AM PDT · by Babu · 21 replies · 679+ views
    (06.09.06) — Fires were intentionally set inside two Wal-Mart stores late Thursday, Glendale fire investigators said Friday. Both stores were evacuated after the flames broke out, and six people were treated for smoke inhalation, with two taken to local hospitals. Fire officials said damages were estimated at $5 million, mostly from smoke and water damage. One of the stores was to remain closed until Monday. The first fire started about 10 p.m. in the rear of a Wal-Mart in Glendale and forced about 120 people to evacuate, Deputy Fire Chief Elio Pompa said. A second fire broke out about an...
  • Only in America.......

    06/07/2006 6:09:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies · 428+ views
    Only in America...can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance! Only in America...are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink! Only in drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions! Only in people order double cheese burgers, a large fry, and a diet coke! Only in banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters! Only in we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and leave useless pieces of junk in the garage!...
  • <b>USA Citizens Day - July 1st Rally to Stop Illegal Immigration</b>

    05/24/2006 2:27:38 PM PDT · by Angelina211 · 5 replies · 845+ views ^ | 5/23/2006 | CitizenDay
    USA Citizens Day - July 1st Immigration Control Rally Nationwide Rally on Saturday, July 1st, at noon, at your City HallMay 1st - Million of Illegal Aliens Marched in our StreetsTwelve million illegal aliens demonstrated their political power, and declared May 1st to be A Day Without Undocumented Workers ( illegal aliens ). They boycotted the USA, all US businesses and institutions. Millions of them marched in our streets, carried Mexican flags, shouted "Si se puede!", and demanded new laws from our Congress. July 1st - U.S. Citizens Nationwide Rally for Immigration ControlRally to stop our continuous invasion by...
  • Walmart Drops Gun Sales in Some Stores

    04/14/2006 4:03:33 PM PDT · by epow · 60 replies · 2,715+ views
    Fox News ^ | 04/14/06 | unknown
    Wal-Mart Drops Gun Sales in Some Stores Friday, April 14, 2006 CHICAGO — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT) has decided to stop selling guns in about a third of its U.S. stores in what it calls a marketing decision based on lack of demand in some places, a company spokeswoman said Friday. The world's largest retailer decided last month to remove firearms from about 1,000 stores in favor of stocking other sporting goods, in line with a "Store of the Community" strategy for boosting sales by paying closer attention to local differences in demand. "This decision is based on diminished customer...
  • Corporate America Caught In Culture Tug-of-war

    12/20/2005 10:00:36 AM PST · by CAWats · 49 replies · 921+ views
    San Diego Union Tribune ^ | 12/20/05 | Jennifer Davies
    Businesses face wrath for supporting a cause By Jennifer Davies UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER December 20, 2005 Businesses want to make money, not waves. But today, that's no easy feat. Want to market your product to the gay community? That could raise the ire of conservative religious organizations. Want to back out? The gay community's clout will give you a different headache. Like it or not, the culture wars that have cleaved the country and created red states and blue states now have hit corporate America. Companies are being forced to choose sides in disputes they would rather avoid.
  • Back and blue [Mass.: should stores be open on Christmas day?]

    12/04/2005 6:46:56 AM PST · by cloud8 · 42 replies · 1,149+ views ^ | December 4, 2005 | By Mac Daniel
    Largely ignored, Puritan laws like 'Common Day of Rest' revisited for the holidays... When Attorney General Thomas F. Reilly warned retailers that they would face prosecution if their doors opened on Thanksgiving, he was citing a nearly 400-year-old-law, penned by Puritans trying to enforce their idea of order on the dark shores of the New World. And as the year-end holiday approaches, authorities are watching for any supermarkets or department stores that try to do business on Christmas Day, citing the same timeworn legislation. This legal relic is part of legislation known as the blue laws: rarely enforced and largely...
  • CA: Two arrested in attacks on Oakland liquor stores

    11/29/2005 6:11:41 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 37 replies · 1,927+ views
    ap on Monterey Herald ^ | 11/29/05 | Justin M. Norton - ap
    OAKLAND, Calif. - Two men were arrested late Tuesday for their role in vandalizing a pair of stores for selling alcohol to blacks, Oakland police said. Deputy Police Chief Howard Jordan said that Donald Cunningham, 73, and Yusef Bey IV, 19, turned themselves in to face charges including robbery, felony vandalism, conspiracy and terrorist threats. Police have obtained warrants charging four other suspects with similar crimes and expect arrests soon. Bey, who has been linked to a black Muslim group that runs the Your Black Muslim Bakery store chain, was taken to North County Jail and was being held on...
  • UNDER THE COVERS, CONSERVATIVE-STYLE (leftist critic spews as two new books hit the stores)

    09/28/2005 5:05:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 15 replies · 601+ views
    NY Press ^ | 9/28/05 | Azi Paybarah
    UNDER THE COVERS, CONSERVATIVE-STYLE By Azi Paybarah Two new books for the kiddies are hitting stores—one that will help get them laid, and another to turn those one-night-stand spawn into good little conservatives. First up is the long-awaited The O'Reilly Factor for Kids. Those with strong visual imaginations will doubtless be pleased to learn that O'Reilly (as he frequently refers to himself) didn't get laid until he was twenty. But it's about the children, and O'Reilly gives spin-free lessons about teenage sex, drugs, and what kind of junior high school girls turns him on. The Long Island native spills the...
  • Marshall Field’s name remains, at least for now

    07/28/2005 11:17:22 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 18 replies · 1,975+ views
    Crain's Business ^ | July 28, 2005 | Brent Snavely
    Southeast Michigan malls and department stores have survived the first wave of name changes and store closures announced Thursday by Federated Department Stores Inc.Cincinnati-based Federated (NYSE: FD) is acquiring St. Louis-based May Department Stores Co. and announced plans Thursday to convert 330 of May’s department stores into Macy’s. Federated also plans to sell or close 68 stores at malls where the combined company has two or more stores. After the acquisition, Federated plans to operate Marshall Field’s and Lord & Taylor stores at three malls in metro Detroit: Fairlane Town Center, Lakeside Mall and Twelve Oaks Mall. Federated also said...
  • Grocery Options Tied To Obesity (it's not their fault!)

    12/07/2004 5:24:55 AM PST · by cbkaty · 69 replies · 959+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 12/07/2004 | ERIC BERGER
    Grocery options tied to obesity Study shows inner-city stores lack healthy foods By ERIC BERGER Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle The world is full of assumptions, such as money equals happiness. Some assumptions are true, some are not. In science, when a researcher decides to test an assumption, it becomes a hypothesis. The basis of all scientific experiment and observation is the testing of one or more hypotheses. This makes Galileo Galilei a real hero to scientists. For nearly two millennia after the height of classical Greece and the teachings of Aristotle, the basis of "science" was theory. Galileo — shockingly...
  • Radio Tag Debut Set for This Week...(Or, how to track cutomers.)

    09/20/2003 1:25:23 PM PDT · by GirlyGirl2003 · 10 replies · 245+ views
    Wired ^ | September 15th | Mark Baard
    <p>Welcome to Wired News. Skip directly to: Search Box, Section Navigation, Content.</p> <p>A consortium of retailers and consumer goods companies plan to unveil the replacement for the bar code next week. The upgrade will use a controversial radio technology that critics say will significantly expand the powers of retailers to track the whereabouts of their goods and the people who buy them.</p>
  • Tesco tests spy chip technology (tracking customers in stores and beyond)

    07/20/2003 9:02:58 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 22 replies · 311+ views
    The Guardian ^ | July 19, 2003 | Alok Jha
    The supermarket chain Tesco has admitted testing controversial technology that tracks customers buying certain products through its stores. Anyone picking up Gillette Mach3 razor blades at its Cambridge store will have his or her picture taken. The Guardian, alerted by Katherine Albrecht, director of US-based Consumers Against Supermarket Privacy and Invasion and Numbering, to the use of the smart electronic tags, has found that tags in the razor blades trigger a CCTV camera when a packet is removed from the shelf. A second camera takes a picture at the checkout and security staff then compare the two images, raising the...
  • TENN: Some Knoxville Stores Have Extra Green Christmas

    12/30/2002 9:35:09 PM PST · by GailA · 2 replies · 268+ views
    WATE Knoxville ^ | 12/30/02 | Amy Rutledge
    Some Knoxville Stores Have Extra Green Christmas December 26, 2002 By AMY RUTLEDGE 6 News Anchor/Reporter KNOXVILLE (WATE) -- Analysts nationwide describe holiday sales this year as dismal, disappointing and the weakest in decades. But those analysts haven't been visiting any Knoxville malls. Despite the shorter shopping season and the recent windfall of negative sales outlooks, many Knoxville stores opened Thursday after enjoying the greenest Christmas in years. "Things have been great," says Norm Helterhoff, with Village Gifts. Norm's heard all the talk about how bad sales were expected to be this year. "I keep hearing that and I'm sure...

    12/26/2002 6:43:38 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 30 replies · 350+ views
    Vanity | 26 December 2002
    Just got info from wife who heard it at work from someone who talked to someone who knows. Wal-Mart is only putting crafts and Christmas items on sale today. Not much else on sale. Anyone have any other info on other stores like K-Mart, Target? Perhaps we can help each other target REAL sales when they happen. And, if sales WERE the lowest they've been in 30 years as the Washington Post story says...seems like the retailers would have big sales. However, from what I know (which is very little), they're not. Merry Christmas to all.