Rick Romell Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 9:00 AM EST Nov 21, 2018 As the holiday shopping season unfolds, many small retailers are facing a new challenge — drawing customers in malls that have lost traffic-generating anchor stores. Merchants are reacting with a mixture of worry and optimism and are keeping watchful eyes on the results for the critical retailing period. “If last year was 100 percent, are we going to see 90 percent (this year)?” said Gordon Lugauer, whose Board Game Barrister stores include a location in ailing Bayshore Town Center. “Are we going to see 80 percent? I don’t know the answer.” What he does know is that he has seen foot traffic at the Glendale mall decline in recent years as Sears, Sports Authority and other stores closed, and that the downward trend has accelerated since Boston Store shut its doors in late August. Lugauer’s shop in a Greenfield strip mall is doing well. His newly relocated store … [Read more...] about With anchors gone, mall retailers enter holidays with worry, optimism
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by Kaylin Jorge, Katie Grunik (Nashville Fire Department) NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — LIVE COVERAGE: Metro Police said the man killed in a shooting at Opry Mills and the person suspected of shooting him have histories with the department. A 22-year-old man from Nashville was shot during a dispute inside the mall on Thursday afternoon at 2:33 p.m.. Police say the victim is now dead. The shooting happened in a hallway near Auntie Anne's, near Old Navy and Forever 21. At least two shots were fired. The initial call to police came in as an active shooter situation, but police say that was not the case. The gunman, also a 22-year-old, shot the victim after an ongoing dispute. Police identified the gun as a pistol. The suspect fled after the shooting to a nearby ticket booth across the street from the mall. Metro Police said a retired California officer was inside that ticket booth and was able to get the suspect's gun. That retired officer detained the gunman until … [Read more...] about LIVE: Man dead after shooting at Opry Mills Mall in Nashville
Those seeking a festival to kick-start the summer won't be finding it in St. Charles this year, as planners of the Festival of the Fox have decided to put the event on the shelf for a year and contemplate its future. The festival, in some form or another, has had quite a run in the city since the early 1980s. It was, in fact, right in the middle of some of the craziest weekends in the history of the city -- at least in terms of traffic that would make even a New Yorker blush. How did this happen? Organizers of various events somehow all marked their calendars for the same weekend. It meant the Pride of the Fox festival, the Mid-American Canoe Race, the Kane County Flea Market and St. Charles High School graduation all took place at the same time.Those planning the Pride of the Fox festival eventually moved that event to the second weekend in June to avoid any conflicts.There will be no such problem this summer because festival planners have decided to temporarily shelve the event … [Read more...] about St. Charles cancels Festival of the Fox
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Report: Two mall owners may bid jointly on bankrupt Bon-Ton Stores Inc. Two companies that own shopping malls are talking with Bon-Ton Stores Inc. about buying the bankrupt retailer, a Reuters report says. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 1 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 12:42 p.m. CT April 4, 2018 | Updated 4:06 p.m. CT April 4, 2018 CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 1 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Two companies that own shopping malls are talking with Bon-Ton Stores Inc. about buying the bankrupt retailer, … [Read more...] about Report: Two mall owners may bid jointly on bankrupt Bon-Ton Stores Inc.
If asked for my first impression of the Tri-Cities area when moving here 40 years ago, one would think I would carry on about the wonderful Fox River region and the interesting and quaint downtowns here. Or maybe I would point out the good schools, or the interesting mix of white- and blue-collar workers and jobs. Or maybe it should be noted that there were really good newspapers here and that's what brought me here to start my career in the first place. Nope. I was probably too young to pick up on all of those things at once. So, my answer would have been:"There are a lot of garage sales around here, and they seem to be really popular."In fact, hosting garage sales was a significant talent in the first neighborhood I lived in on 14th Street on the west side of St. Charles. The people who got deeply involved in them made it clear I had never encountered a garage sale culture like this before.They were true professionals and knew how to price items, arrange them in the garage and on … [Read more...] about Garage sale season returns to the Fox Valley