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  Old  March 7th, 2019, 8:04pm     #31
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locally we're losing 2 of 390 that are closing

Bummer more jobs lost

This week a 50 yr old Chevy plant said goodbye in spite of
promises it wouldn't

Widening the gap of " economies great "



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  Old  March 7th, 2019, 9:52pm     #32
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Drove my brother through our home town today. He remarked it looked like business was booming until I pointed out the stores were selling antiques or were second hand stores. One mall on the outskirts now houses state/county social services. I'm old and have trouble walking so do much of my shopping online or use grocery pickup.

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  Old  March 8th, 2019, 2:29am     #33
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Drove my brother through our home town today. He remarked it looked like business was booming until I pointed out the stores were selling antiques or were second hand stores. One mall on the outskirts now houses state/county social services. I'm old and have trouble walking so do much of my shopping online or use grocery pickup.
The town I live in also uses the old mall for Social Services. But now all the stores in the newer mall are going out of business. I thinking that when that mall closes everyone will have to refer to the old mall as the older mall, as the newer mall will be called the old mall.
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  Old  March 8th, 2019, 4:44am     #34
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Payless closing is really upsetting to me. My daughter wears a size 10.5. It's the only affordable place I could buy her cute shoes in half sizes. Shopko was my favorite place to wander & shop for bargains in my hometown. Will it even feel like Christmas without Shopko? Hmm.

We just moved & something I love about our new town is that there are 100s of local businesses. I've never seen so many, actually. They have the chains over in one corner of town & a strip mall of chains in the sister town 5 miles away, but the rest of the town is shop after shop.

The only thing I hate is that our options for groceries are the worst Walmart I've ever been in in my life (I've NEVER gotten through the line in under 40 minutes, EVER. It's OBSCENE) & Safeway, which is bizarrely expensive when you don't have coupons or a sale.

My old town of 38K had 5 grocery stores AND Walmart.

My BIL worked at the most profitable Sears in all of the PNW & they closed last Sunday. He's moving in with us while he goes back to school & tries to start over.

It's weird how we're more effected now than we were during the recession in 2008.
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  Old  March 8th, 2019, 8:58am     #35
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Payless closing is really upsetting to me. My daughter wears a size 10.5. It's the only affordable place I could buy her cute shoes in half sizes.
I wear a size 10.5, and I never found it in a Payless shoe store. This is the main reason I started buying shoes online. I can't find my size within 200 miles (literally). I would MUCH rather try on my shoes at a store, since my foot is hard to fit (besides being an inconvenient size).

After years of wearing nothing but tie shoes, since slip-ons in size 11 want to "slip off", I'm just happy to be able to find my size. My feet are so much happier now! But I would still rather buy clothing in a physical store if I can.

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  Old  March 8th, 2019, 9:27am     #36
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My community has seen many come and go (Montgomery Ward, Penny's, KMart, Sears, etc.). All that is left are a few dollar stores (five and dime long gone), pharmacies, Turkey Hill and WalMart.
A new Aldi's is under construction, however. It will bring some welcome jobs, I guess, but I have not been a fan of the chain.

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  Old  March 11th, 2019, 10:29am     #37
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Stores come and go, always have.

I used to shop at Zayre, Service Merchandise, Phar Mor, TG&Y... all gone for many years.

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  Old  March 11th, 2019, 10:44am     #38
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Stores come and go, always have.

I used to shop at Zayre, Service Merchandise, Phar Mor, TG&Y... all gone for many years.
Could never figure out why PharMor closed
I used 2do price comparison checks there 4a huge competitor.
They were Always packed

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  Old  March 11th, 2019, 11:02am     #39
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Could never figure out why PharMor closed
I used 2do price comparison checks there 4a huge competitor.
They were Always packed
https://www.nytimes.com/1995/05/26/b...ion-fraud.html

Can't copy and paste, but the president was convicted of fraud and the counts carried sentences of up to 1,246 yearsl

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  Old  March 11th, 2019, 1:59pm     #40
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https://www.nytimes.com/1995/05/26/b...ion-fraud.html

Can't copy and paste, but the president was convicted of fraud and the counts carried sentences of up to 1,246 yearsl
Whoa
The fraud began in 1988
With Collusion
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No??

THX I never dug into that


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  Old  April 12th, 2019, 8:14pm     #41
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Bed bath and beyond
Locally closing

Other locations staying open

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  Old  May 15th, 2019, 7:26pm     #42
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45 Party City stores closing
No list of locations yet

One report says NOT related to helium shortage
Another says it is

???????
If helium is in short supply & needed for medical machines I
would hope medical comes before balloons


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  Old  May 15th, 2019, 9:22pm     #43
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45 Party City stores closing
No list of locations yet

One report says NOT related to helium shortage
Another says it is

???????
If helium is in short supply & needed for medical machines I
would hope medical comes before balloons

I did not realize it was so dire.

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  Old  May 15th, 2019, 9:29pm     #44
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Helium short supplies have been going on for years. Big Bang Theory even did a story about it years ago.

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This is capitalism at work, and working well. With exceptions like Nordstrom, customer service at physical stores hasn't been impressive for quite some time. You try to find a cashier at Macy's and it's a ghost town. Then you get on Amazon and boom, whatever you need is there, usually reasonably priced, arrives in a heartbeat, and is generally easy to return. You don't even have to package a lot of things anymore to send them back - just take them to UPS and have them scan the return email on your phone.

Amazon has been a lifesaver for consumers who have a hard time getting around, have transportation issues, or live in places with few retail options. The face of every industry changes over time as better ways of things come along; retail is no exception. Amazon has forced other stores to step up their game and that's a good thing.

Full disclosure: I'm from Seattle and live in Northern Virginia so Amazon is a local business to me.

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