Nicholas Eckhart

NC Mall Wants To Evict Sears For Low Sales, Lack Of Effort

Sears had a deal with the Holly Hill Mall in Burlington, NC that isn’t unusual: the retailer gave the mall a small percentage of its sales instead of paying a fixed rent. That amount has evidently fallen over the years as the popularity and business prospects of Sears fell, and now the mall has sued Sears for failing to keep up its end of the lease. [More]

Great Beyond

Walmart Worker Accused Of Setting Multiple Fires Inside The Same Store

Things got a bit heated at a Walmart in Massachusetts recently, after a employee allegedly set three fires inside the store. [More]

Uber

Uber Thinks You Might Want To Look At A Bunch Of Ads During Your Ride

There are definitely some things people would like more of during an Uber ride — more control over music, more free cookies, etc. — but more advertising and content from brands trying to promote themselves? That might not appeal to everyone. [More]

Nicholas Eckhart

Report: Sears Holdings, Claire’s, Rue 21 At Risk Of Bankruptcy And Liquidation

Think of your favorite troubled or defunct retailer: does it or did it have a reason to exist? That’s the deceptively simple question raised in a new report from financial ratings firm Fitch Ratings, which predicts that the combination of e-commerce, disinterest in malls, and a lack of strong brand identity for some troubled retailers could spell doom in the next year or so. [More]

Walmart May Invest $1B In Flipkart To Fight Amazon Overseas

Walmart May Invest $1B In Flipkart To Fight Amazon Overseas

Walmart’s apparent plan to become more like Amazon wasn’t realized when the company launched its $50/year Prime-rival Shipping Pass or after the company snatched up e-commerce site Jet.com for $3.3 billion. But not one to give up, the big box retailer is now reportedly in talks to invest more than $1 billion in fellow Amazon competitor Flipkart.  [More]

Home Depot

Home Depot Pulling Super Creepy Peeping Tom Halloween Decoration

There is a profound difference between spooky-scary and scary-scary, a lesson that Home Depot is currently learning the hard way after offering a Peeping Tom Halloween decoration that hits way too close to home for some. [More]

Alan Rappa

Majority Of Shoppers Using Amazon To Search For Products, Even If They Buy Elsewhere

For years we’ve talked about “showrooming” — the practice of going to a bricks-and-mortar retailer just to look at a product you intend to buy online, and now Amazon has apparently supplanted traditional search engines as the place for most Americans to begin their product hunt.
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Sussex County YMCA

New Jersey Walmart Wants You To Get Exercise By Parking Further Away

We’ve all been there: driving up and down the lanes of the local big box store’s parking lot seeking out the closest spot to the entrance. Now one Walmart store wants you to stop that, you know, in the name of being healthy.  [More]

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Aeropostale Increases Number Of Stores That Will Stay Open To 400

Earlier this week, a bankruptcy judge approved a $243 million bid from a group of mall landlords, liquidators, and a licensing company that would save 229 of Aeropostale’s 720 stores from closing their doors forever. Things are looking even better than expected now for the teen retailer, as its new owners say they’ll be able to keep open 171 more stores than originally planned. [More]

Håkan Dahlström

IKEA Betting Click-And-Collect Stores Will Appeal To Online Shoppers

If the thought of wandering through a giant maze of housewares and furniture and inevitably fighting with your significant other/roommate over which dish rack to buy strikes fear into the very depths of your online shopper’s soul, IKEA’s recent shift in strategy is aimed at attracting shoppers like you. [More]

JeepersMedia

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Sale Of Aeropostale That Could Keep 229 Stores Open

It looks like the bid Aeropostale received at the end of August that could end up saving at least 229 stores and 7,000 or so jobs is one step closer to the real thing for the struggling teen retailer, after a bankruptcy judge gave the offer his approval. [More]

Report: Amazon To Open 100 Pop-Up Stores In Next Year

Report: Amazon To Open 100 Pop-Up Stores In Next Year

Two years after Amazon opened two real-life seasonal pop-up stores in San Francisco and Sacramento, the company is reportedly working on a plan to open 100 more of the limited-run stores.  [More]

Mattress Store Apologizes For Ad Parodying Twin Towers Falling On 9/11

Mattress Store Apologizes For Ad Parodying Twin Towers Falling On 9/11

A San Antonio mattress store is apologizing after posting a video on Facebook advertising a “Twin Towers Sale” that parodies the World Trade Center towers collapsing. [More]

Mike Mozart

11-Year-Old Finds Bag Of Meth Inside Video Game He Bought At GameStop

Unexpected freebies that come with a purchase are one thing, but bags filled with meth stashed in a video game case, well, that’s a case for law enforcement. [More]

Mike Mozart

Gap Shoppers Buying Online May Wait Longer For Orders After Warehouse Fire In NY

A rough year for Gap Inc and some of its brands — Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic — just got rougher: A fire that tore through a major distribution warehouse for the retailer earlier this week means that customers in a busy region are going to have to wait longer than usual to get their hands on the stuff they paid for.

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Mike Mozart

Even Loyal Costco Customers Aren’t Shopping Quite As Much

Costco members tend to be a fiercely loyal bunch. They love to sing the warehouse club’s praises and, most importantly, they love to shop there. But even Costco can’t buck the trend of physical stores finding customers are spending more time and money elsewhere these days, it seems.

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Mike Mozart

Walmart Starting Holiday Layaway Early Again So It Can Sell More ‘Star Wars’ Stuff

You want Star Wars merchandise this holiday season? Walmart has Star Wars stuff, which is the entire reason the retailer is kicking off its holiday layaway program a full two weeks early for the second year in a row. [More]

American Girl Dolls Will Soon Be Available At Toys ‘R’ Us Stores

American Girl Dolls Will Soon Be Available At Toys ‘R’ Us Stores

When I was but a young Consumerist, the only way to get your hands on an American Girl doll — once parents had been successfully harangued into purchasing the pricey toy — was by mail order. Since then, Pleasant Company, now a subsidiary of Mattel, has 20 stores around the country dedicated to selling the dolls as well as a website. Times are changing yet again: starting next month, the dolls will also be available at Toys ‘R’ Us stores. [More]