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Walmart: Here's Our New Black Friday Plan

For one thing, its deals will be spread over 3 weekends

(Newser) - Walmart says it will spread out its traditional one-day Black Friday deals over three weekends in November in an effort to reduce crowds in its stores during a pandemic, the AP reports. The nation's largest retailer said Wednesday that more of its doorbuster deals will be reserved for online,... More »

Man Who Used KKK Hood as Face Mask Is Off the Hook

Police say their hands are tied after supermarket incident in Santee, Calif.

(Newser) - A white man pictured wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood at a supermarket near San Diego will not face charges. An investigation into the May 2 incident at the Vons in Santee didn't uncover enough evidence for police to pursue charges, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said... More »

Macy's to Reopen Dozens of Stores, With Changes

Temperature checks, masks for workers will now be part of the work environment

(Newser) - Dozens of Macy's stores, closed since March 18, are set to reopen Monday. The company plans to have 68 of its 775 department stores reopened by the start of next week, with limited hours of 11am to 7pm. These are in states that have loosened restrictions. A quarter of... More »

How 49 Malls Will Manage to Open by Monday

Simon Property Group reopening them in 10 states

(Newser) - Some of the urinals will apparently be taped off, but shoppers in 10 states should be able to return to 49 malls operated by Simon Property Group between Friday and Monday. Several media outlets have obtained an April 27 memo put out by the company and shared with retailers that... More »

Costco Draws the Line on Customers

The retail giant limits how many shoppers can enter on a membership card

(Newser) - Costco shoppers, take note: The retail giant says starting Friday it will only allow up to two people inside stores on each membership card, USA Today reports. The company—which has seen huge lineups amid waves of panic buying— announced Wednesday that the "temporary change is for your safety... More »

'Panic' Buying Hits US Stores

Shoppers stock up amid COVID-19 fears

(Newser) - Plan to go shopping today? Get ready for a lineup. Multiple media outlets are reporting on big crowds nationwide at chain stores including Target, Costco, and Walmart. "We saw the line around the block and we thought the world had gone mad," a Costco shopper in Lawndale, Calif.... More »

'Extremely Unique' Mall Now Open for Business—Kind Of

Owners of American Dream in New Jersey want it to compete with Disney, other tourist attractions

(Newser) - Fifteen years after construction first began, the Xanadu mall is open. Except the new name for the "extremely unique" $5 billion project in East Rutherford, NJ, is American Dream, and publicists prefer to call it not a mall, but a "style and entertainment destination." The grand opening... More »

Costco's China Opening Descends Into Chaos

Store says it will limit numbers in future

(Newser) - Amid the US-China trade war, one American business had an extremely popular launch in China on Tuesday. Maybe too popular. Costco had to close its first location in the country early on the afternoon of its opening day amid scenes resembling Black Friday chaos, the BBC reports. Video from the... More »

Guy's Shopping Video Nets 6.5M Hits

But Tom Musto seems humble about the sudden attention

(Newser) - A lot of people are feeling the love for Tom Musto—and you have to see this to know why. The California dad appeared in a Twitter video last Sunday gushing over the prices from his first trip to Costco, Fox News reports. "Nine dollars!" he exclaims, holding... More »

Nordstrom Takes Heat for Pricey, Shabby Sneakers

Some say the $530 Golden Goose footwear mocks poverty

(Newser) - If you can afford to lay out more than $500 for a new pair of kick-around shoes, you likely want a pair that looks clean. Nordstrom is banking on just the opposite, however, by stocking Golden Goose's Superstar Taped Sneaker . The shoe is described as "a distressed leather... More »

Iconic Store Is Saying Goodbye

Henri Bendel department store in NYC is going out of business after 123 years

(Newser) - Shop on Fifth Avenue? Neither do we, but still: The iconic Henri Bendel department store will soon be gone along with its e-commerce business and 22 other brick-and-mortar locations, People reports. Parent company L Brands is making the move amid increasing retail competition and plummeting company stocks, which fell 55%... More »

Prime Day Is Full of Secrecy. Here's What Has Been Revealed

A guide to the 4th annual extravaganza

(Newser) - Amazon's "epic day (and a half)" is here: The 4th Prime Day began at 3pm ET Monday and will run 36 hours, up from last year's 30. Or, for some would-be customers, a portion of 36 hours: Some shoppers ran into issues accessing the site right after... More »

Kohl's Will Take Your Amazon Returns Starting Next Month

In LA and Chicago, at least

(Newser) - Good news for Amazon shoppers who hate having to deal with returns: Kohl's is starting to accept certain Amazon returns in certain stores. Starting in October, select merchandise will be accepted at 82 stores in Los Angeles and Chicago, Reuters reports. There will be no charge for returning items... More »

Amazon Just Debuted a Way to Get You to Spend More Money

Its new 'Spark' shopping social network looks a lot like Pinterest

(Newser) - Take Amazon Prime, mix it with Pinterest, and add a dash of Instagram. The result is Amazon Spark, a new shopping-focused "social network" aimed at getting hardcore Amazon users to spend even more money with the e-commerce giant. The service launched publicly on Tuesday on Amazon's iPhone app,... More »

JCPenney Closing at Least 130 Stores

6K employees will get early retirement incentive

(Newser) - JCPenney says it will be closing 130 to 140 stores over the next several months as it aims to improve online sales, reports the AP . Locations will be announced next month. CEO Marvin Ellison says the company also is offering an early retirement program to 6,000 employees, per the... More »

People Are Really Upset Over Shoppers in Pajamas

'It's bloody disgusting,' says one complainant

(Newser) - A rep for British retailer Tesco tells the BBC that wearing pajamas in its stores is "not a big issue," but that's not at all the impression you would've gotten from perusing the company's Facebook page recently. In a since-deleted post (screenshot here ), a... More »

10 Best Cities for Shopping Locally

San Diego is best, says Yelp

(Newser) - Just in time for "Small Business Saturday," Yelp has released a ranking of the 20 best US cities to shop locally for gifts, based on millions of locally-written reviews of stores (just not the big-box variety), per Albuquerque Business First . The top 10 cities: More »

Toys R Us Doubles Down With Turkey Day Hours

Retailer announces 30-hour shopping marathon starting at 5pm

(Newser) - Black Friday has in recent years received a black mark as retailers took criticism for slowly pushing back the mega-shopping event until it actually started on Thanksgiving Day. Some retailers and shopping venues have given in to the backlash: Various malls (such as the Mall of America) and chain stores... More »

Being Near Fancy Stores Makes Us Selfish Jerks

People on streets with high-end stores are considerably less likely to help a stranger in need

(Newser) - If you ever find yourself relying on the kindness of strangers, you'd best hope you're not on a street lined with upscale shops. So conclude French researchers in a study titled, "'Wrong place to get help': A field experiment on luxury stores and helping behavior,"... More »

Want Long-Lasting Happiness? Buy Stuff

Material purchases bring repeated bursts of pleasure: study

(Newser) - There really is something to retail therapy: A new study in Social Psychological and Personality Science finds material purchases bring a person longer-lasting happiness than experiential purchases, like concert tickets or a trip to the zoo. In other words, whoever said money can't buy happiness was lying, reports Complex... More »

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