Tag Archives: retail

Limelight Mini-Mall Almost Ready

As I mentioned here many months ago, NYC’s notorious Limelight nightclub, the disco that brought the world club kids and the occasional decapitated drug dealer, is being transformed into an “upscale” mini-mall. Yesterday the Daily News updated us on the process. Even Jesus is for sale at the new Limelight Marketplace. The former Chelsea church that became one of the …

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NYC Is Still A Company Town

According to the second annual report from the Center For An Urban Future, the economic downturn has not hurt the number of national chain franchises in New York City, with 53 chains adding a total of 310 outlets and 62 chains closing 245 stores over the last 12 months. The most common stores in the five boroughs: 1. Dunkin’ Donuts …

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Drive-By Barneys

Barney’s, who is arguably Gotham’s most famed fancy clothier, hurriedly removed their latest window displays after customers and passers-by objected to scenes depicting female mannequins being strafed by bullets. Simon Doonan, creative director of Barneys, said the displays were installed while he was away overseeing advertising shoots and that he had ordered them dismantled. They were taken down shortly after …

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No Prosecution For Wal-Mart Over Black Friday Death Stampede

After a security guard was trampled to death by an unruly mob stampeding the entrance of a Long Island Wal-Mart, many called for the criminal prosecution of the company for staging the pre-dawn “doorbuster” holiday sales event with little security. Yesterday the company evaded charges. Mega-retailer Wal-Mart will avoid criminal prosecution for its role in the fatal post- Thanksgiving Day …

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The Wal-Mart Virus

Via Flowing Data, watch Wal-Mart spread across the nation like a virus. Creepy. And the Agent Smith voiceover added by this YouTuber is rather apt. Full-screen original version here. Probably less creepy, but still fascinating is the Target version.

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Circuit City To Close Remaining Stores

Just two months after they announced the closure of selected locations around the country, today Circuit City says that they are closing down the entire chain. Circuit City Stores Inc., the bankrupt consumer-electronics retailer, named four liquidators to sell the remaining merchandise in 567 U.S. stores before it goes out of business. Liquidators Great American Group WF LLC; Hudson Capital …

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Urban Outfitters Pulls Marriage T-Shirts

New York Magazine reports that Urban Outfitters suddenly pulled their line of t-shirts that support marriage equality, possibly because the company’s owner is an anti-gay right-wing tool who gives generously to GOP candidates and causes. A buyer cited the reason as “too much bad press” to Littman [the shirt’s creator], though the designer couldn’t find more than one blog entry …

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Short Circuit

Circuit City may not be around for the holidays. Circuit City Stores lost a recommendation from a firm that advises manufacturers on whether to ship goods to retailers a week after the Richmond-based electronics chain posted a quarterly loss more than triple its year-earlier loss. The withdrawal by Bernard Sands signaled concerns that Circuit City may have trouble paying its …

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