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Warby Parker Opening First Ohio Retail Store in Columbus

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NYC-based eyewear company Warby Parker will soon be launching their first Ohio retail store with a Short North location in the works. The store will be located at 601 North High Street, formerly home to Le Chocoholique, which closed its doors in October 2017. The company is best known for its try-before-you-buy purchasing structure, and […]

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Toys R Us To Close All US Stores, Including Seven in Central Ohio

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The writing has been on the wall for some time at chain store Toys R Us, so it should come as little surprise that the company announced today that it would be closing and/or selling all of its 800 remaining stores across the U.S. The company filed for bankruptcy last September with over five billion in […]

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Columbus Diners Moving Away From Chain Restaurants

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Customer preferences are changing rapidly in favor of independent restaurants versus chains, according to Yelp’s second annual Local Economic Outlook report. “While chain restaurants across the country encounter increasingly choosy diners, independent fast-food and fast-casual restaurants have seen a continued increase in average ratings, improving by seven percent in the last five years,” stated Yelp […]

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19 Retailers that Filed for Bankruptcy and/or Closed Stores in 2017

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Consumer trends are changing in the world of traditional retail shopping. Those words couldn’t have rang truer in 2017, a year that saw a massive wave of bankruptcy filings and store closures across major brands, despite a growing US economy. Some of the spokespeople for the struggling stores are blaming Amazon for ravaging brick and […]

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Retailpocolypse: Toys “R” Us Files for Bankruptcy

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The steady stream of large retail closures and bankruptcy filings in 2017 has slowed down over the summer months, but news this week from New Jersey-based Toys “R” Us has brought this year’s chain retail woes back into the spotlight. The company announced on Monday that it would be “commencing court-supervised processes to implement financial […]

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Payless ShoeSource Closing 800 Stores Across US, Including Four in Central Ohio

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After filing for bankruptcy back in April and announcing 400 store closures, Payless ShoeSource made news again yesterday by announcing another 408 stores that will close. The combined total represents a reduction of the company’s retail footprint by approximately 20 percent, bringing their 4,000 international store total down to 3,200 for now. The combined closure list […]

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Rue21 Closing 400 Stores Across US, Several in Central Ohio

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Teen retailer Rue21 is the latest chain to downsize its brick-and-mortar footprint, an ongoing trend thus far in 2017. The company announced over the weekend that it would be closing 400 of its stores, slimming down to a total of 700 locations. “It’s true – we are closing some stores,” states a message posted on […]

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