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Survey: Black Friday could be challenging for retailers this year

This year has been hard on brick-and-mortar stores, with many famous brands reducing their shopping mall footprint. While a recent survey uncovers a bright spot on the fourth quarter horizon for U.S. retailers, seasonal challenges remain. The good news is slightly more consumers say they intend to go into physical stores on Black Friday this year than in 2018 – ...

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Mississippi is 30th kindest to retail businesses in reviews

Where in the U.S. are consumers kindest (and harshest) to retail businesses in reviews? Business software provider Comply analyzed online reviews of local businesses at a state-by-state level A partial look at the result: 1. Montana 89% 2. Wyoming 89% 3. South Dakota 88.5% 4. North Dakota 88.4% 5. Verrmont 87.1% 6. Louisiana 86.9% 7. Massachusetts 86.8% 8. Maine 86.7% ...

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Work to upgrade Northpark theater starts; Rainbow Co-op reopens in mall

By JACK WEATHERLY Work to transform the former UA Northpark 14 into a multi-screen theater with a bar area and power recliners began Tuesday. The Northpark Mall bought the theater in September 2018 and began weighing options for best use of the property. It decided that an updated theater was the best option. United Development of Southlake, Texas, which had ...

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Retailers’ results show sharp divide between losers, winners

NEW YORK — The divide between retail winners and losers is widening. That became even more evident Wednesday with the latest batch of earnings reports: Big-box stores and off-price retailers have been responding faster to shoppers’ increasing shift online with expanded deliveries and better merchandise. But many mall-based clothing chains and department stores continue to suffer weak sales as they ...

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Fred’s closing 49 more stores, 18 in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY jack.weatherly@msbusiness.com With its history dating to 1947 in Coldwater, Miss., Fred’s Inc. is closing 49 more stores as it tightens up its balance sheet bleeding red ink. Eighteen of the stores are in Mississippi. That means that since April, the chain has announced the closing of more than half of its stores, 260, leaving 240. The announcement ...

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? Costco case may hinge on definition of ‘service station’

By JACK WEATHERLY Most Costco Wholesale Stores have a fueling station. The question remains: will the giant wholesale club go forward in Ridgeland without one? An answer may await in Madison County Circuit Court, Judge Steve Ratcliff presiding. Homeowners filed a brief last week fInalizing its challenge of the legitimacy of a site plan approved by the Ridgeland Board of ...

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Highland Village adds three, loses one

By JACK WEATHERLY August has been a good month for Highland Village overall, as the upscale shopping center in northeast Jackson has added two retailers and a restaurant. Vineyard Vines, as in Martha’s Vineyard in Cape Cod, is a self-styled preppy shop that features a smiling pink whale as its good-times logo. Two brothers, Ian and Shep Murray, are celebrating ...

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Transformation of Northpark Mall aims for November completion

By JACK WEATHERLY A multimillion recasting of Northpark Mall is underway as it aims for a mid-November “grand opening,” according to general manager Kasey Dickson. Work began in early March after El Segundo, Calif.-based Pacific Retail Capital Partners bought for an undisclosed amount the 958,000-square-foot mall in September 2016 from Simon Property Group of Indianapolis, which opened the center in ...

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Work starts on a new era for Northpark Mall

By JACK WEATHERLY Work started Thursday on a new era for the 34-year-0ld Northpark Mall on the Ridgeland side of County Line Road. Long the anchor of the mile-long retail corridor that historically dominated metro Jackson, the mall faced the daunting realities of the marketplace that has changed radically since 1984 across the country and world since the advent of ...

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Spectacles opens in the District at Eastover

The list of  retailers and restaurants in The District at Eastover continues to grow with the addition of Spectacles, a high-end optical boutique and optometry practice. “This space is different from your typical Jackson,” said Spectacles Owner, Dr. Rebecca Cox Patton.  “The development is truly neighborly and has such a nice ambiance.  We are thrilled to be here and are off to ...

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