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Shoppers are on a mission, metro retailers say

By JACK WEATHERLY Major shopping centers in metro Jackson are moving toward full reopening as the state continues to loosen the constraints imposed on businesses to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Census Bureau said on May 15 that retail sales in the nation’s brick-and-mortar stores fell 17.8 percent in April from a year earlier due to the lockdown of ...

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Pier 1 will close all 540 stores, including 6 in Mississippi

Pier 1 Imports Inc. announced on Tuesday that it will close its remaining 540 stores across the nation, including its six outlets in Mississippi. Pier 1 announced in January that two stores in Mississippi, including one in Ridgeland, which closed Jan. 28, were to be among the 450 stores the chain would close in an effort to preserve the chain’s ...

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Dillard’s closes 200 stores, all six in Mississippi

UPDATE: Dillard’s and Belk, two of the three anchors at Northpark in Ridgeland have reopened since temporarily closing.   Original story (which was posted April 7) … All six of the Dillard’s department stores in Mississippi have temporarily closed due to the corona virus pandemic. They are among at least 200 stores closing out of 285 in the Little Rock-based ...

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Northpark Mall becomes a hall of echoes during pandemic

By JACK WEATHERLY You could play Frisbee golf in the biggest mall in Mississippi. There was virtually no business going on Saturday afternoon in the 958,000-square-foot mall on the Ridgeland side of County Line Road. Many of the mall’s 92 tenants were closed due to the corona virus pandemic. Others were open but had few customers. Dillard’s was open but ...

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Retailers know that it takes more than a ‘village’ to make it through tough times

By JACK WEATHERLY It may take more than a village to survive the corona virus. Highland Village shops are taking creative approaches to stay in touch with and serve their clientele. Linsey Armstrong, director of marketing for the venerable collection of shops in northeast Jackson, had just finished participating in the latest webinar Thursday afternoon about steps that can be ...

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Shops, restaurants at Renaissance try new ways to survive

By JACK WEATHERLY “Our usual advertising theme is ‘your dining and shopping destination.’” “Now we say: ‘We’re your curbside dining and shopping destination,’” Jan Mattiace jokingly said in an interview on Wednesday. But the corona virus epidemic’s disruption of commerce and just about everything else in the country and world, is no joke, Mattiace said. Many retailers across the nation ...

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Metro retail real estate on a roll, survey finds

New construction accompanied by 2nd and 3rd chances for older properties   By TED CARTER Metro Jackson’s retail development market is in a recovery year created by vacant space filling up and lease rates staying in place. So concludes a close look at the metro retail market by Integra Realty Resources Inc. and detailed in its annual “Viewpoint” report for ...

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Pier 1, Kirkland’s to close some stores in Mississippi

By JACK WEATHERLY At least two Pier 1 Imports stores in Mississippi, including the one at the intersection of Ridgewood Road and County Line Road in Ridgeland, will be among the 450 stores the chain will close. Kirkland’s, meantime, will close its store on the Jackson side of County Line Road by the end of March. Pier 1 announced that ...

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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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