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Bloomingdale's Workers Rally for Better Wages, Benefits

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Workers at Bloomingdale's flagship location on 59th Street rallied outside the store Wednesday, asking why the company's strong profits are not translating into better compensation for its workers.

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WNYC News

Overlapping Easter, Passover Holidays Will Help Boost Retail Sales: Expert

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Retailers will likely get an extra boost this weekend with Passover and Easter holidays overlapping, according to an industry expert.

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Features

Enter Through the Gift Shop: NYC Museums Step Up Their Retail Game

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Manhattan’s shopping arteries are clogged with last-minute gift buyers. And museum gift shops are going all out to get the attention of consumers in the days remaining before Christmas.

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The Takeaway

The Week's Agenda: Holiday Shopping, Employment Numbers

Monday, November 28, 2011

Over the weekend, U.S. retail sales climbed 16 percent, hitting a record total of $52.4 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. The average shopper spent $398.62 during the holiday weekend. Despite these promising retail numbers, other economic indicators aren't as positive this week. 

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Features

The Fight to Save St. Marks Bookshop

Thursday, September 15, 2011

St. Mark's Bookshop may be reaching its last chapter. The sluggish economy has taken it's toll on the retail business, but an online petition is hoping to help convince the book store's landlord to give the shop a new lease on life,  both figuratively and literally.

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Operavore

'I Thought This Was an Opera Shop'

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

With the disappearance of Lincoln Center's Barnes & Noble, the Metropolitan Opera Shop is quickly becoming the only game in town for classical and opera CDs. One problem, as WQX-Aria blogger Olivia Giovetti notes: They have dramatically cut back on selling CDs. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Retail Politics

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Freelance journalist Caitlin Kelly talks about her new book, Malled: My Unintentional Career in Retail, and how she went from The Daily News to North Face and what she learned about the service economy along the way. 

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WNYC News

New Chapter for Indie Bookstores as Megachains Close Up Shop

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Not long ago, it seemed as if mega-bookstores like Borders would keep expanding, driving out small, independent bookshops. But as the chain declared bankruptcy, it turns out there are still plenty of indies -- and a few new ones around.

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WNYC News

Dunkin' Donuts Tops Chain Store Survey

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Chain stores extended their reach in New York City in 2010. A new survey URL finds the large retailers increased their number of outlets by four percent. 
The chain with the most stores, once again is Dunkin, which offers 466 places to buy its Munchkins. Second place goes to Subway, followed by Starbucks, Duane Reade, McDonald's, Baskin Robbins, Rite Aid, GNC, Radio Shack, and T-Mobile.
Those names aren't surprises. But Jonathan Bowles Director of the Center for an Urban Future, was struck by the rapid growth of Metro PCS, the cell phone provider.
"They actually went from having just seven locations in our 2009 study to 35 this year, a staggering 400% increase," Bowles said. "I dunno if it's the iphone or the Droid, but whatever it is, cell phone stores have really expanded in New York."
T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon Wireless also opened more doors.
But not all retailers grew. Pizza Hut shrunk to just 15 stores, from 39 two years ago. Blockbuster gave up 15 locations this year, as its home movie rental model was tested by newer technologies. And Tasti D Lite and Curves gym may help people lose weight, but they gave up leases too.

Chain stores extended their reach in New York City in 2010. A new survey finds the large retailers have increased the number of outlets by four percent from 2009, up to 6,595 total stores.

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WNYC News

Local NYC Business Angle for Holiday Customers

Friday, November 26, 2010

The recession was not kind to small business owners. As they closed down shop, big-box discount retailers moved in to grab their customers. But this holiday season – when consumers at all income levels are expected to spend a little more – locally-owned specialty stores may get some of bounce.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: TSA, Black Friday, Haiti

Monday, November 22, 2010

With Thanksgiving approaching, how many notches you'll have to relax that belt buckle won't be the only question people will be asking. Much of the focus will be on air safety and retail sales. Many travelers are not happy about the latest security measures the TSA is using for secondary screening, including full-body scans and thorough pat-downs. Many see both as extremely invasive, but the TSA says that both measures will stay. Callie Crossley, host of "The Callie Crossley Show" at WGBH in Boston, will see if any changes will come as Thanksgiving quickly approaches.

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WNYC News

Handbags, Meet Hummus: Barneys is New Kid on Brooklyn Block

Thursday, October 14, 2010

On Friday morning, Barneys Co-Op cut the ribbon on a new store in Brooklyn. It's the latest sign that major retailers are taking interest in a borough they shunned for decades. The glitzy store will be rubbing shoulders with some small businesses that couldn't be more different.

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WNYC News

Back To School, but Not Packing Plastic

Monday, August 23, 2010

The annual reappearance of Back To School signs in shop windows is a buzzkill for kids everywhere. And this year, parents aren't so excited about it either.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: US Muslims protest, Tricky Retail Returns, Listener Resposnes

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

  • Protest Takeout: A terror plot abroad a Northwest Airlines flight has angered Muslims in Dearborn, Mich., to stand up against radical Islam. Majed Moughni, an attorney in Dearborn, talks to us about demonstrations he is organizing.
  • Returns Takeout: Hitha Prabhakar, a retail analyst in New York City, warns that  many retail stores have tricky post-holiday return policies. So, pay very close attention to the fine print.
  • Listeners Takeout: Takeaway listeners respond to the fallout from this weekend’s airline safety incident aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253.

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WQXR News

2009 Holiday Spending Up

Monday, December 28, 2009

Holiday shoppers spent a little more this season, according to data released today.

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The Takeaway

Remixing the Holidays: Muzak 'Audio Architect' on Shopping Tunes

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Have you ever wondered why – while you’re out holiday shopping – a dress shop might play one soundtrack of Christmas songs while a hardware store might play another? Steven Pilker, manager of Muzak’s audio architecture department, knows the answers.  For our continuing series, "Remixing the Holidays," Pilker explains what all the retail noise is about...and shares the three songs that must be on every holiday soundtrack, regardless of what the store sells.

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WQXR News

Retail Websites Hoping for Late Sales

Monday, December 21, 2009

Retail websites have bumped back deadlines and are offering free express shipping after weekend snowstorms kept holiday shoppers home in large areas of the East Coast.

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The Takeaway

Holiday Shoppers Surge, Safely, to Sales

Friday, November 27, 2009

Last Thanksgiving, a crowd of thousands crushed into a Wal-Mart store in search of holiday sales, killing a 34-year old man.  That incident has made stores around the country look at ways to keep customers and staff safe this shopping season.  Takeaway Correspondent Femi Oke goes back to the Green Acres Mall - the scene of last year's accident - to check in with shoppers and the mall's new safety measures.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Dubai Finances, Party Crashers, Black Friday Lines

Friday, November 27, 2009

  • WASHINGTON TAKEOUT:  Julie Mason, White House correspondent for The Washington Examiner, discusses the security aspects of some high profile party crashers who snuck past the Secret Service and into the big tent of the White House's state dinner Tuesday night.
  • FINANCIAL TAKEOUT: The New York Times' Louise Story discusses the tremors in world financial markets as Dubai announces it needs to postpone some of its debt payments.
  • CONSUMER TAKEOUT: Our own Femi Oke is out at a local Wal-Mart store, reporting on Black Friday's lines.

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The Takeaway

First Time Shop Owners Face Black Friday

Friday, November 27, 2009

Today, on what's marketed as “the biggest shopping day of the year,” we check in with two small business owners facing their first Black Friday: Michael Sclafani, who operates the Park Delicatessen skateboard, flower, and dry goods store in Brooklyn, New York; and Julie Lapier, who owns a Dresscode, a consignment shop in Plattsburgh, New York.

We also chat with Spencer Ante, Businessweek writer and author of "Creative Capital," about the the rise of entrepreneurship in a recession.

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