Tag: Shopping and Retail

In Pittsburgh, a Bookstore Where ‘Freewheeling Curiosity’ Reigns

PITTSBURGH — Some love nothing more than quietly browsing in a bookshop. Not me: I browse loudly. Especially in secondhand stores. If I find a comely edition of an old favorite, or an intriguing title by an author I don’t know, I look up for someone, usually the owner or clerk, to kibbitz with. All […]

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‘Juul-alikes’ Are Filling Shelves With Sweet, Teen-Friendly Nicotine Flavors

The purveyors of Strawberry Milk, Peach Madness and Froopy (tastes like Froot Loops) e-cigarette pods are having a very good year. After Juul Labs, under pressure from the Food and Drug Administration, stopped selling most of its hugely popular flavored nicotine pods in stores last fall, upstart competitors swooped in to grab the shelf space. […]

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Walmart Pulls Violent Video Game Signs

As Walmart scrambles to respond to a shooting at a supercenter in El Paso that killed 22 people last weekend, the retailer announced that it would remove video game displays and other signs or videos that show violence. The move came as Republican leaders including President Trump and Dan Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, […]

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Man With Rifle and Body Armor Alarms Shoppers at Missouri Walmart

A man with a loaded rifle and 100 rounds of ammunition walked into a Walmart in Springfield, Mo., on Thursday afternoon, alarming shoppers before he was detained by an armed off-duty firefighter and arrested by the police, according to the authorities and local news media. No shots were fired, and it was not clear what […]

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Dean & DeLuca, Barneys and the Fate of Bohemian Consumerism

When Dean & DeLuca opened on Prince Street in 1977, three years after New York Magazine declared SoHo the most exciting place to live in New York, the artist Donald Judd soon began doing his weekly grocery shopping there. He and his wife, a dancer, lived nearby on Spring Street at a time when it […]

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At the Walmart in El Paso, Serving Shoppers Meant Saving Them

The El Paso Walmart store manager, Robert Evans, was taking a break outside when he heard the first shots. He saw one person fall to the ground in the parking lot, then another. A group of girls on a soccer team who were collecting donations by the store’s front door started running and screaming. Then […]

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Shirts for Lifelong New Yorkers and Those Who Would Like to Pass for One

ImageKevin Fallon opened Fantasy Explosion to sell decades-old T-shirts from niche corners of the city. CreditKevin Hagen for The New York Times Recently, in the basement of my mom’s house upstate, I discovered two boxes full of clothes that somehow got diverted from me back in 1997. They were full of gems — old merch from […]

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Of Barneys’ Bankruptcy, Pride and the Fall

ImageBarneys on Madison Avenue, in 2014.CreditAndrew Renneisen/The New York Times It has been striking, over the last few weeks, to watch the almost gleeful flow of reports and speculation about the maybe-probably-now-confirmed bankruptcy of Barneys New York, the fabled department store. Starting in mid-July, when Reuters broke the news that a rent hike at the […]

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Barneys, Global Symbol of Creative Cool, Files for Bankruptcy

Barneys NY, the department store chain that once defined a certain Manhattan creative cool, confirmed weeks of speculation by announcing at midnight on Monday that it was seeking bankruptcy protection in order to restructure its business and pursue a sale. To stay afloat during its Chapter 11 proceedings, the retailer, which is controlled by the […]

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Walmart Shooting in El Paso Renews Attention on Crime Frequency at Its Stores

A 21-year-old man was charged with murder last week after shooting another man in the parking lot of a Walmart in Auburn, Me. At the retailer’s store in North Bergen, N.J., a woman squirted pepper spray at people around the customer service desk in February, temporarily blinding some employees and customers. She then retreated into […]

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Dean & DeLuca Sinks Further Into Debt

Dean & DeLuca, the debt-ridden global chain of luxury food shops, has defaulted on federally mandated payments to former employees and stalled payments to current employees in the United States, according to accounts from employees and documents received by The New York Times. The parent company, Pace Development in Bangkok, did not respond to repeated […]

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Back-to-School Sales Tax ‘Holidays’ Lure Shoppers Despite Slim Savings

If you missed out on the blitz of deals offered early this week by many online retailers, don’t despair: There may be additional savings on the horizon, as more than a dozen states gear up for their annual summer sales tax “holidays.” This year, 16 states are offering back-to-school promotions, exempting many items, including clothing, […]

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Struggling Barneys Considers Its Options, Including Bankruptcy

When Barneys NY opened the elegant revolving doors of its 10-story French limestone flagship store at 660 Madison Avenue in 1993, it established a retail landmark that soon came to be synonymous with a certain kind of New York style. Shoppers thronged as much to imbibe the atmosphere of insider luxury as to buy the […]

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