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Monday Q&A: What’s in store for retail?

Monday Q&A: What’s in store for retail?

Al Harris February 23, 2009 1

Retailers battled through last year’s tough shopping season. Now it’s all about survival. The pullback in consumer spending has made the past six months difficult for retailers across the county, and Richmond is no

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S&K tries to find savings with Chapter 11 filing, hopes to be out in 60 days

S&K tries to find savings with Chapter 11 filing, hopes to be out in 60 days

Richmond BizSense February 10, 2009 0

Richmond-based men’s clothier S&K Famous Brands Inc. is hoping a quick detour into bankruptcy court can help the company fit into a new business model with fewer stores and lower overhead

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Local duo zips up distribution deal

Local duo zips up distribution deal

Al Harris February 10, 2009 0

A local husband-and-wife design team will soon have their product sold through direct-response TV and at major retailers nationwide through a licensing agreement with Massachusetts-based distributor Harvest Direct. Chris and Kat Costello, owners of

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State wants to close retail tax loophole

State wants to close retail tax loophole

Al Harris January 13, 2009 0

When Virginia shoppers pay the 5 percent sales tax on retail goods, most – but not all of it – goes to the state. A small percentage is kept by the business. It’s called

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New Kroger Store Opening Date Pushed Back

New Kroger Store Opening Date Pushed Back

Trevor Dickerson December 17, 2008 0

The opening of a Short Pump Kroger has been postponed. The Corner At Short Pump, a 47-acre retail and residential development on West Broad Street at Lauderdale Drive, will feature a high-end, 86,000 square

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Jewelry industry analyst blasts media negativity

Jewelry industry analyst blasts media negativity

Al Harris December 11, 2008 0

A Glen Allen jewelry analyst says the economy is not nearly as bad as media have made it out to be. “One or two bad months of jewelry sales and change in the financial

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Another healthy shot to the booze industry

Another healthy shot to the booze industry

Al Harris December 2, 2008 0

Turns out booze really is recession proof. Retail sales at ABC stores statewide were up 12.3 percent in October compared to the previous year. Sales to mixed beverage licensees (bar and restaurant owners) dipped

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Coming soon: Movieland to open in Feb., hire 60

Coming soon: Movieland to open in Feb., hire 60

Al Harris December 1, 2008 1

Richmond’s first new movie theater in more than three decades will open in February, if all goes according to plan. Movieland at Boulevard Square will start hiring after the holidays and will employ about

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Local consumers mixed about holiday shopping

Local consumers mixed about holiday shopping

Al Harris November 4, 2008 0

In a good sign for retailers, five of the shoppers said they plan to spend the same amount as last year. But the other four said they plan to spend less. Retailers here and

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Short Pump Town Center gets a little more social

Short Pump Town Center gets a little more social

Al Harris October 23, 2008 0

Add Short Pump Town Center to the list of businesses that want in on the social networking trend. The mall’s owners plan to launch Shoptopia.com this week as a new site aiming to direct

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