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NEW YORK: Wal-Mart Fights OSHA

Wal-Mart has spent over $2M in attorney and court fees fighting a measly $7000 fine for that infamous Thanksgiving Day trampling case in which somebody was killed in a sales-frenzy stampede. The company is concerned that once OSHA starts successfully fining them, then they’ll really have to play by the rules. In fighting the federal fine, Wal-Mart is arguing that …

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NEW YORK CITY: Another Abercrombie Store Shut Down For Bedbug Infestation

One day after their Soho flagship Hollister store was shut down due to a massive infestation of bedbugs, today Abercrombie & Fitch has closed their South Street Seaport location for the same reason. Gothamist again has the story. According to an Abercrombie & Fitch spokesperson, the store was closed to “deal with a similar problem” as Hollister’s, i.e. the parasite …

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SOHO: Bedbugs Shut Down Hollister Store

New York City’s neverending battle with bedbugs has gone retail. Via Gothamist: Hollister, the teen-oriented clothing store that’s a subsidiary of Abercrombie & Fitch, was shut down yesterday due to what one employee described as “a massive bedbug outbreak” at the four-story SoHo flagship location. And according to our source, who spoke on condition of anonymity so that he/she wouldn’t …

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Retail Therapy

As G20 Summit rioters nearby were smashing storefronts and burning police cars, on Sunday Toronto’s landmark Eaton Center Mall quickly locked their doors, trapping at least a few patrons inside. But this guy wanted IN, he wanted to SHOP, bitches. This clip has already gone viral, so expect an auto-tuned remix any minute. (Via – Durban Bud)

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American Apparel: We Don’t Hire Uglies

Yesterday Gawker dug up an internal memo from American Apparel directing managers to send in photos of potential new employees so that anybody not up to their model-pretty standards could be immediately weeded out. One former manager tells Gawker about the kind of black girls she was instructed to hire: “None of the trashy kind that come in, we don’t …

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Wal-Mart Close To Deal For NYC Store

After years of being blocked from a NYC location due to vigorous opposition by labor unions, Wal-Mart may have finally found a location in Brooklyn that the city cannot fight. The site, which is currently vacant, meets many of the parameters of what Walmart is looking for in a New York City location: an as-of-right location in an outer borough, …

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Today In Banking Scams

JP Morgan Chase is telling its customers to select “credit” when making debit card purchases, because then they’ll have to sign for their purchase and that’s safer than entering a PIN in public Except banking industry experts say it’s actually not safer. Could this new advice arise from the fact that that JP Morgan Chase makes a dollar from the …

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TRAILER: I Need That Record

Here’s the trailer for the upcoming DVD release of the documentary about the demise of music retail, I Need That Record. Featuring discussion and commentary by THURSTON MOORE of Sonic Youth, IAN MACKAYE of Dischord Records Fugazi/Minor Threat, activist/author NOAM CHOMSKY, MIKE WATT of the Minutemen, LENNY KAYEguitarist of the Patti Smith Group, CHRIS FRANTZ of the Talking Heads/Tom Tom …

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Gonna Dress You Up In Mylar

Madonna and her daughter are launching a line of children’s clothing at Macy’s. Madonna and her 13 year-old daughter Lourdes are lending a little star power to Macy’s. The two are designing a line called Material Girl that will appear exclusively at the retailer this back-to-school season. The line, described as a “fast-fashion, junior collection,” will hit shelves in 200 …

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Walgreens To Buy Duane Reade

Today Walgreens will announce its purchase of Duane Reade, the massive NYC-based drugstore chain with hundreds of outlets in the five boroughs. Walgreen, one of the nation’s biggest drugstore operators, said it would pay about $623 million for Duane Reade Holdings Inc. Including $457 million in debt held by Duane Reade, the transaction is valued at $1.08 billion. Duane Reade, …

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Daily Grumble

In full realization of how very cliched this post is, I must nevertheless denounce the Sales Prevention Team at the Best Buy on East 86th Street for the most aggravating purchase experience I’ve ever had. I can totally say without hyperbole that that place is a million times worse than Hitler. As I was told, because of “the shrink”, one …

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The Castro To Get Trader Joe’s

Trader Joe’s will be opening a new store in the years-empty former Castro location of Tower Records. Pending approval of traffic studies and other permits, residents can expect the grocery store known for its specialty items and low prices to open its doors by next year. This will be the fifth Trader Joe’s in San Francisco. The store will have …

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And After This, Chuck E. Cheese

For the last decade New Yorkers have bemoaned the Disneyfication of Times Square with its mall chain restaurants, its themed nightclubs, and its now well-scrubbed and well-fed middle American patrons. And with the below news, the Disneyfication of Times Square has become complete and literal. Disney is going theme park with its new Times Square retail store. Perhaps trying to …

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Evening View – Toys R Us Times Square

I don’t know what I was thinking.

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Tap, Tap, Tap

So who’s out there today? Anybody at work? Or are you all doing the Black Friday thing?

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AFA Suspends Gap Boycott

Saying they are going on “good faith” that a coming ad from Gap properly acknowledges Christmas, the American Family Association is suspending their boycott of the company’s three retail chains. But only until they see the commercial. Via press release: According to Bill Chandler, vice-president of Gap corporate communications, Gap’s Old Navy division will launch a new television commercial this …

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A Truly Black Friday

While cities around the country try to beef up this week’s Black Friday (traditionally the #1 retail sales day of the year) by granting temporary suspensions of sales tax on clothing or other goods, the state of South Carolina will let you buy GUNS tax-free. Via NY Daily News: The great state of South Carolina is putting its own sick …

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AFA Expands “Christmas” Hit List

After last week announcing a boycott of all stores under the GAP umbrella because its three chains don’t use the word “Christmas” in their holiday ads, this weekend the American Family Association published an expanded list of national retailers “for and against Christmas.” Based on current advertising, below is a list of companies that avoid, ban, or use the term …

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Big Boxes Come To Manhattan

Manhattan gets it first taste of mega-box retailing today with the opening of the massive East River Plaza mall on FDR Drive in East Harlem. Anchor tenant Costco’s 110,000 square foot store is open as of this morning, coming in the next few months will be the long panted-over Target, as well as other jumbo retailers at the 500,000 square …

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Wal-Mart Bans Gay Couple For Shoplifting (Even Though They Didn’t Do It)

A Wal-Mart in rural Indiana detained two gay attorneys and their two adopted special needs sons and then banned them from patronizing any store in the chain, even though video records proved that the couple had not shoplifted the packages of Bic lighters that employees claimed they had. One of the men had used the store’s self-checkout lane and security …

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