Tag: Shopping and Retail

Levi’s, Whose Jeans Are a Rugged Symbol of Americana, Prepares to Go Public

In San Francisco, where start-ups dream of populating the world with self-driving cars and robots, another breed of company is aiming for riches this week: Levi Strauss & Company. The maker of denim and Dockers, which traces its roots to the California Gold Rush, Levi’s is expected to start trading on the public markets on […]

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If You Gild It, Will They Come?

On Friday, the Shops & Restaurants at Hudson Yards will open, the culmination of more than a decade of planning, strategizing and developing, and New York City will have the newest, shiniest, largest expression of what we used to call a “mall.” Glide, if you will, up its escalators and you can get a manicure-mid-meditation […]

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The World���s Last Blockbuster Has No Plans to Close. Here���s Why It���s Still Open.

Fifteen years ago, a movie fan could go into any of Blockbuster’s 9,000 stores and walk out with a Steven Spielberg hit. Now, options are limited for those who want to rent a hard copy of “Saving Private Ryan” from somewhere other than a library. There are only two Blockbuster stores left in the world. […]

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The World’s Last Blockbuster Has No Plans to Close. Here’s Why It’s Still Open.

Fifteen years ago, a movie fan could go into any of Blockbuster’s 9,000 stores and walk out with a Steven Spielberg hit. Now, options are limited for those who want to rent a hard copy of “Saving Private Ryan” from somewhere other than a library. There are only two Blockbuster stores left in the world. […]

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Ted Baker Chief, Ray Kelvin, Resigns Amid Harassment Claims

LONDON — The founder and chief executive of the British fashion chain Ted Baker resigned on Monday after current and former employees accused him of inappropriate behavior. Employees said the executive, Ray Kelvin, would regularly try to massage people in the office, insist on long hugs with staff members, and ask employees for sex, according […]

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Gap Plans to Spin Off Old Navy After a Dismal Year

Gap, one of the largest operators of mall stores in the United States, said on Thursday that it planned to spin off Old Navy into a separate public company, drawing a line between the family-friendly apparel chain and its classic, more expensive brands. The separate company would contain Gap’s namesake label, Banana Republic, Athleta, Intermix […]

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Goodbye, Park Slope. The Clay Pot Has Had Enough.

When Bob and Sally Silberberg opened the Clay Pot in Park Slope, Brooklyn, in 1969, Seventh Avenue was dotted with bars. Some had been there for decades, when the neighborhood was home to dock workers living in single-room occupancies. It was an unlikely location for a hippie pottery store. “We had a teapot show,” Mr. […]

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Square Feet: Restoring an Avenue in Paris Meant for Kings

PARIS — The sidewalks are cracked along “la plus belle avenue du monde” — the most beautiful street in the world. Each day, 60,000 cars clog the lanes. Walkways are cluttered with abandoned scooters. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées was built for royalty and named after paradise. But its last major renovation was more than 20 […]

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What to Buy: The Discount Cable and Charger Brands You Can Trust

The future isn’t as wireless as we were promised. Whether you’re looking for a second charger for your phone or need a new video cable for your home theater, you need cords you can trust. Unfortunately, when you’re shopping for cables and chargers of any kind — from phone chargers to home theater equipment — […]

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Labor’s Hard Choice in Amazon Age: Play Along or Get Tough

It’s one of the most vexing challenges facing the labor movement: how to wield influence in an era increasingly dominated by technology giants that are often resistant to unions. Are workers best served when unions take an adversarial stance toward such companies? Or should labor groups seek cooperation with employers, even if the resulting deals […]

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in her words: Finding Clothes, and Identity, Outside Men’s and Women’s Wear

ImageCreditAgnès Ricart Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “I would like to see anybody wearing my clothes, and I do mean anybody.” — Claire Fleury, a fashion designer who creates clothing for all […]

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This Legislation Could Force Stores to Take Your Cash

Stores and restaurants in several states would be required to do something pretty basic if certain lawmakers have their way: accept their customers’ cash. The legislation comes amid a worldwide move toward “cashless payments” using cards or mobile devices, which supporters say are safer, quicker and more convenient. But critics say an outright ban on […]

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Payless Shoes to Shut All U.S. Stores and Wind Down Online Operation

Payless ShoeSource, a once-popular seller of inexpensive women’s footwear and a staple in many suburban shopping malls, is closing all of its American stores. The company said on Saturday that it would begin liquidating all 2,100 of its stores in the United States and Puerto Rico. Payless is also winding down its online business. The […]

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Lampert’s Deal for Sears Is Approved, but Judge Scolds Him in the Process

A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved Edward S. Lampert’s plan to buy Sears, but the judge implored Mr. Lampert to make a fresh start. Mr. Lampert, a billionaire hedge fund manager, could avoid becoming the “cartoon character” his critics have painted him as, Judge Robert Drain said — a cross between Jay Gould, the […]

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The Shift: Instacart and DoorDash’s Tip Policies Are Delivering Outrage

Delivery has always been a rough business. Since time immemorial, couriers have braved the elements, gotten by on meager wages and dealt with annoying customers, growling dogs and fifth-floor walk-ups, all for the chance of a big tip from a happy customer. But thanks to two Silicon Valley upstarts, even those tips are in doubt. […]

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Chief of Apple Stores Is Leaving After 5 Years in the Job

Angela Ahrendts, the former Burberry chief hired by Apple five years ago to oversee its stores, said Tuesday that she will leave the company in April. The departure is an unusual move for a top executive at Apple, which is facing retail challenges as sales in China have dropped and iPhone sales have turned sluggish. […]

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On the Runway: At New York Fashion Week, Where to See and Be Seen

Fashion may be a sprawling global industry but in many ways it can feel a lot like a high school, with its own cliques, pecking order, hangouts — and cafeteria. For years, the last role has been played in Paris by L’Avenue, a brasserie on Avenue Montaigne cater-corner from Dior’s warren of dove gray salons […]

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Petland Discounts, Whose ’90s Jingle You’re Humming Right Now, May Close

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] As Petland Discounts opened stores across metropolitan New York, the pet store chain was propelled in no small part by a catchy commercial jingle that is now embedded in the region’s collective consciousness. “Petland Discounts,” a nondescript chorus crooned […]

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Amazon’s Sales Growth Slows, Even as Cloud Business Stays Hot

SEATTLE — Amazon held off stiffer competition for online shoppers during the holiday season, once again increasing its sales. But the company said on Thursday that growth slowed from its usual breakneck pace — and it came at a cost, with the company spending far more on shipping to win customers. While strong, the latest […]

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Tycoon of the Pre-Owned

BRISBANE, Calif. — Here is where high-end Marie-Kondo’d clothes go now — not to die, but to enter their collective half-life, in a chilly 200,000-square-foot warehouse about eight miles south of San Francisco. Here is row upon row of garments made by Hermès and Prada and Versace: a few seen last season sailing down a […]

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