Despite an outcry from some employees, both stores and shoppers seemed to like it. Some people went shopping with a full belly, going straight from the dinner table to the stores. Others slept off their big meal and went to the mall before daybreak on Black Friday.
The only way store employees, associates, team members or whatever else retailers are calling them can be at home with their families on Thanksgiving and any other holiday is when management unlocks the front door at, say, 3 a.m. — and there are no customers standing in line.
City leaders hope that a Walmart Supercenter planned for Gateway Drive will spur more retail and residential development for the north side corridor dominated by more industrial businesses. The added housing could help alleviate the shortage and bring prices downward.
When West Acres opened in August 1972, it tilted the economic center of Fargo and Moorhead from the traditional downtown city centers to a then-remote stretch of Interstate 29 that wasn’t even within the Fargo city limits.
Starting Friday, Canadians will be able spend more money on U.S. shopping excursions without having to pay duties on their purchase when they return home. But Grand Forks area merchants are the ones hoping to gain from the break.
Like many other local businesses, we have been impacted by the presence of mass merchants. We wanted to let our local residents know what shopping at these merchants instead of local businesses really means to our community.
Target Corp. is phasing out Amazon.com Inc.'s e-reader Kindle at its more than 1,700 stores and its website. Target spokeswoman Molly Snyder said Wednesday that the decision to stop selling Kindles this spring came after an "ongoing review" of Target's merchandise that evaluates quality and prices of the chain's offerings. The move coincides with the discounter's plan to create mini shops of Apple Inc. products in 25 of its stores this year.
It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends.
But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Saturday, it was clear that it had turned into much more than that.
Target is teaming up with unique specialty shops to offer limited edition merchandise, from dog biscuits to platform shoes, as it attempts to further distinguish itself from rivals. The company also confirmed reports today that it will test expanded displays of Apple products in 25 stores.
America's retailers enjoyed a record 2011 and their first $400 billion sales months ever. But the final month of the year was a dud. Sales eked out a 0.1 percent increase in December, lifting sales to a seasonally adjusted $400.6 billion.
How old brands become new Apple orchestrated one in consumer electronics. Cadillac in cars. Al Gore in politics. And Tim Tebow in football. Now, Lincoln is trying to stage one of its own for its aging cars.
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