Tag Archives: retail

NORTH CAROLINA: Lesbian Couple Booted From Raleigh-Area Mall For Kissing

With commentary from Raleigh native Clay Aiken.

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Amazon Launches “Bookstore Killer” App

Amazon has launched an iPhone app which allows users to scan the barcode of any title found in a bookstore and order it directly from them instead. The latest version of Amazon Mobile, 1.2.8, contains a bar code scanner in its search screen. As with bar code scanners in other mobile apps, Amazon Mobile uses your iPhone’s camera to take …

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Does This Mean I’m Not Really A 33″?

Esquire reports that many of the nation’s retailers of men’s pants are lying about their waist sizes in order to make you feel thinner. It’s called “vanity waist-sizing.”

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Target Faces Loss Of Contract With San Francisco Over LGBT Benefits

Target currently does not have a location in San Francisco, but it wants one, which is perhaps why it has offered to provide services to the trauma unit at San Francisco General. But to get that contract, the city would have to waive its long-standing requirement that all companies involved in city business offer the same benefits to LGBT employees …

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Century 21 To Open In Lincoln Square

The Barnes & Noble on the Upper West Side’s Lincoln Square, longtime host to appearances by famous authors and classical music stars, will be replaced next fall by famed downtown discounter Century 21. The bookseller announced last week that it could no longer afford the area’s sky-high rent and will close in January. So no more meet-n-greets with opera stars, …

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Signorile: Why Won’t HRC Change Target’s Corporate Equality Rating?

While the Human Rights Campaign has come out uncharacteristically forcefully against Target, the company continues to enjoy a 100% rating on HRC’s lauded Corporate Equality Index. Yesterday HRC’s Fred Sainz told Michelangelo Signorile that it’s just too complicated to change the Index right now. Signorile: Sainz went onto again explain how complicated it supposedly is to change the Corporate Equality …

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American Apparel Stock Value Plummets Amidst Talk Of Bankruptcy

American Apparel’s stock value is plummeting upon news earlier this week that the company may be forced into bankruptcy over its vanishing credit line with vendors. After warning this week that there was “substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue as a going concern,” the company saw its stock fall 21.3% on Wednesday, ending at an all-time …

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MoveOn Advertises Against Target

MoveOn.org has launched a television campaign against Target. The campaign begins tomorrow on three networks in Minnesota and will air nationally on MSNBC.

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Bedbug Panic Goes Upscale

After bedbug infestations closed Manhattan outposts for Hollister, Abercrombie, and Victoria’s Secret, Fifth Avenue’s fancy-schmancy Bergdorf Goodman isn’t taking any chances. The Fifth Ave. shopping mecca is the first high-end retailer to acknowledge it’s worried about the city’s bedbug infestation – and has even hired an insect-sniffing beagle to root any out. Swanky Bergdorf Goodman staffers, though, openly say they …

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Sorry, No McNuggets Until 11AM

And somebody really doesn’t like that bit of news. CNN ran this every five minutes last night. No audio. (Clip via Towleroad)

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Who At Target Donated To Yes On 8?

Abe Sauer writes at The Awl: The truth is not that Target and its leadership have suddenly turned on their commitment to gay rights. It’s more that it never really existed to begin with. Further research shows that Target has funneled significant funding to the most socially conservative of Republicans and that it boasts a frightening culture of anti-gay candidate …

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Olbermann On Target Backlash

And since the GOP filibustered the Disclose Act last week, we may often never know which corporations are behind these kinds of campaigns. (Tipped by JMG reader Alan)

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MINNESOTA: Mother Of Gay Son Shops At Target For The Last Time

Via Towleroad, here’s a Minnesota mother of a gay son making what she says is her final shopping trip to her local Target “until they make this right.” It’s a lovely video.

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Target CEO Defends LGBT Record In Face Of $150K Donation To Anti-Gay Group

Target CEO Gregg Steinhafel has sent a letter to all employees defending the company’s track record on LGBT issues. This comes after the revelation that the retail giant had donated $150K to a Minnesota group that funds the campaign of a candidate with ties to an anti-gay Christian rock band. The band and its leader openly call for the executions …

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MINNESOTA: Target Donates $150K To Anti-Gay Political Fund

Over at SFist, Matt Baume makes a stunning discovery. Bradlee Dean, the frontman of a Christian rock band in Minnesota called You Can Run But You Cannot Hide, recently said that Muslim countries that execute LGBTs are “more moral than even the American Christians,” plus some mouth-foaming about gays engaging in abominations and child molestation. Ugh. So what’s the Target …

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Morning View – The Cher Store

As I walked by with Strong Enough blasting at 120 decibels, I’m quite certain the clerk was signaling for me to kill her. All Cher, all day, every day? No jury would convict. At Caesar’s Palace, of course.

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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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