Tag Archives: retail

Petition Of The Day

The petition was launched by “the Italian mother” of GLAAD vice president Rich Ferraro.

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Bjorn Borg Launches Russian Retail Site With Rainbow Newspaper Ad In Moscow

Retired tennis superstar Bjorn Borg launched a Russian website for his line of apparel today with a full-page Moscow Times ad that displays men’s underwear arranged rainbow-style. Via press release: “We are opening up for ecommerce on the Russian market. The opening advert is a way for us to reach Russian influencers. Björn Borg as a brand has always advocated …

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Brawl At California Apple Store

There was a brawl outside a Pasadena Apple store yesterday after a man refused to pay dozens of homeless people the $40 he’d promised each of them for waiting in line for the new iPhone. Two people were already arrested for fighting in the long line outside the Pasadena store before dozens of people hired from a nearby homeless shelter …

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PHILADELPHIA: Nation’s Oldest LGBT Bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, Is For Sale

Philadelphia’s Giovanni’s Room, the nation’s oldest LGBT bookstore, is for sale. Ed Hermance, 73, has owned the independently run LGBT bookstore, nestled on the corner of Pine and 12th streets, since 1976. The Powelton resident plans to step down this winter and is exploring options for keeping the business running under a new owner, but will have to sell to …

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Chelsea To Get “SuperPier”

Back in April, I reported that Chelsea’s Pier 57, which last year hosted an indoor version of NYC Pride’s famed Pier Dance, had been leased to retail developers who promise a massive $200M makeover.  This week the project’s management announced that the new complex will be called SuperPier. From the press release: SuperPier, when complete in the spring of 2015, …

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Walmart Adds Insurance Benefits For Spouses & Partners Of LGBT Employees

From a memo sent yesterday to Walmart management, forwarded to me by a reader: This week our associates will receive a pre-enrollment postcard at their homes announcing the dates for annual enrollment and providing highlights of the 2014 benefit offerings. Among the information highlighted on the postcard: We will cover domestic partners in the medical, dental, vision, life, critical illness …

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CLAIM: Apparel Chain Forever 21 Cuts Staffing Hours To Evade Obamacare

Jezebel has some details: According to the letter, an unnumbered but significant amount of employees will no longer receive paid time off, will not be allowed to work more than 29.5 hours a week and will no longer have health insurance. The company has been inundated with numerous comments on their Facebook page from angry customers who say they will …

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NEW YORK CITY: Chelsea’s Rawhide Location To Become Pizza Chain Outlet

Back in March, I reported that Chelsea’s iconic Rawhide bar was closing after 34 years in business.  Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York reports on what is going in at that location: Crain’s reports that Chelsea’s iconic gay leather bar is “being replaced by a West coast pizza chain, in another sign of the gentrification of the area around the popular High …

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Trader Joe’s Won’t Ditch Russian Vodka

“Thank you for your email. We can assure you that at Trader Joe’s, we do not take stands on local, national, or global political or human rights issues. We leave that stuff up to the governments involved, and we rely heavily on the trade regulations established by the United States government. We bring in many products from around the world …

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Tweet Of The Day – JC Penney

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JCP Responds To Hitler Teapot Flap

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Wal-Mart Socked With Huge Eco-Fine

Wal-Mart has agreed to pay an $82M fine for improper disposal of hazardous wastes such as fertilizer and bleach. The cases were filed by the DOJ in California and Missouri. As part of the California plea agreement, Wal-Mart is set to pay a $40 million criminal fine and to pay $20 million to fund community service projects including helping U.S. …

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Quote Of The Day – KS Sen. Jeff Melcher

“It seems to me we are encouraging the behavior of purchasing food and discouraging the behavior of purchasing anything else.” – GOP Kansas state Sen. Jeff Melcher, speaking in opposition to a bill that would reduce the sales tax on groceries. According to Melcher, lower taxes on food is a form of social engineering that will only cause people to …

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Another Saucy Ad From K-Mart

Following up on their “I shipped my pants” campaign, K-Mart has launched the below ad which touts their “big gas savings.” Stand by for another foaming missive from you-know-who. (Tipped by JMG reader Ray)

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Federal Appeals Court Rules Customers Can Sue Stores For False Discount Claims

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that customers are entitled to sue retailers who inflate prices in order to claim massive sale discounts. The ruling came in the case of a California man who sued Kohl’s over luggage and shirt prices. “Price advertisements matter,” Judge Stephen Reinhardt wrote for a three-judge panel. “When a consumer purchases merchandise on …

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Paging You-Know-Who

(Tipped by JMG reader Elroy)

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New “Buycott” App Launched

A new app has been launched which will tell shoppers if the product being considered was made by a Koch Brothers corporation or if its makers have opposed labeling requirements. “When you use Buycott to scan a product, it will look up the product, determine what brand it belongs to, and figure out what company owns that brand (and who …

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Fitch The Homeless

Some of the YouTube commenters feel this campaign is disrespectful to the homeless. Others are strongly disagreeing. (Tipped by JMG reader Curt)

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“Ultra-Distressed” Sneakers: $1975

Copyranter: “They appear to be extremely authentically ‘ultra-distressed.’ You can’t put a price tag on this level of fake realness.” Now available at Barney’s, of course.

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Abercrombie CEO: No Fatties, No Uglies

We’ve known that Abercrombie CEO Michael Jeffries was a beyond-creepy douche ever since that 2006 Slate profile, so this latest flap really isn’t very surprising.

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