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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Eddie Bauer files bankruptcy

NEW YORK — Struggling Bellevue-based retailer Eddie Bauer Holdings Inc., which began as a Seattle fishing shop, later outfitted the first American to climb Mt. Everest and made thousands of …


WA retailers will need permit to avoid sales taxes

OLYMPIA — Thousands of Washington businesses will be affected by a change in the way sales taxes are collected, in an attempt by the Department of Revenue to recapture some …


CDA Yarn and Fiber keeps knitters in the loop

Andrea Rainey’s hobby store doesn’t quite fit the usual business mold. There’s the welcoming furniture just inside the entrance, hot tea and coffee for the taking in the back, and …


Buckle, Hot Topic profits defy recession

Two chains that sell clothing for teenagers are saying “whatevs” to the recession. The Buckle Inc. reported Wednesday that its fourth-quarter profit rose 18 percent and sales 21 percent as …


Gottschalks seeks buyer, bankruptcy

SAN FRANCISCO – Gottschalks Inc. says it put itself up for sale and has filed to reorganize in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The regional department store chain, which operates a …


Snow deterred customers

Spokane went from winter wonderland to wet dog smell in just a few days. The big snowstorms left behind miles and miles of crusty berms and piles of ashen snow. …


Retail sector’s suffering extends to ’09

WASHINGTON – After the worst holiday season in 40 years, retailers face more sales declines in the months ahead as the recession deepens, job losses mount and consumers retrench further. …


Spokane outshines West Side retailers

OLYMPIA – Here’s a little mantra for Spokane-area retailers to chant: “Well, at least we’re not Seattle.” Or Tacoma.


Thursday focus: Shopping life

Retailers reported dismal sales results for December, and a rash of stores have closed or filed for bankruptcy. Retailers cut 66,600 jobs in December. Here are 10 lessons from Christmas …


Retail fallout looms

NEW YORK – The fallout from the horrific holiday season for retailers has begun, with the operator of an online toy seller filing for bankruptcy protection and more stores expected …


Bargain-hunting shoppers sink gift card sales

NEW YORK — Gift cards, the convenient catchall of holiday giving, lost their luster this year. Price-conscious shoppers became savvy bargain-hunters, realizing they could give bigger and better gifts by …


Retailers slash prices to attract shoppers

NEW YORK — Shoppers hit the stores early today to return unwanted gifts and take advantage of drastic price cuts offered by retailers desperate to get rid of old merchandise …


More shoppers make rapid returns

When Michelle Woodall runs into Target to pick up a pack of diapers for her young son, she can’t help glancing at the racks of stylish blouses and sweaters – …


Tidings not glad in retail world

NEW YORK – As the final sales figures are tallied, it’s becoming obvious that this was a rotten holiday season for retailers. A weak economy and strong winter storms brought …


What happens to unsold products?

NEW YORK – Retailers are expected to have one of the worst holiday seasons in years as consumers cope with job uncertainty and the nerve-racking stock market, which lost $10 …


As state’s leader in sales growth, Spokane County knows shopping

Spokane County shoppers have a reputation to live up to when they hit stores Friday. Spokane leads all 39 Washington counties in per capita retail-sales growth over the past five …


Builder, developer battling over CdA lofts

A Spokane construction firm and an affiliate of Black Rock Development are tangling over payment for work on a Coeur d’Alene waterfront condominium project. Walker Construction Inc. alleges River House …


Dunn & Black relocates to remodeled Grant Building

Talk about a short move. Workers used carts to wheel file cabinets and office furniture across the intersection of Post Street and Riverside Avenue last week. They were moving the …


Apartment expansion under way

A Spokane developer is breaking ground on a 78-unit expansion to the Beau Rivage Apartments off Upriver Drive. Rudeen Development LLC intends to build the structures over eight to 10 …


City Council to hear big-box plan

Developers and neighbors may be closer to an 11th-hour compromise on design concepts for three contentious major commercial developments proposed for about 45 acres in southeast Spokane. Reaching consensus could …


At Cabela’s, the great outdoors is indoors

If your freezer smells like fish eggs. If you would consider buying an unsuitable house just because it’s on Winchester Drive. If you’ve imagined your wife in a camo teddy. …


Two Apparel Stores Plan To Shut Down

Two longtime Spokane apparel stores said Wednesday they will close after Christmas. Fit & Hollywood, an upscale apparel and sports equipment shop, will shut its downtown store after nine years …


Federated Buys Broadway Stores Broadway Stock Shoots Up After Two Chains Strike Deal

Shares of Broadway Stores Inc. more than doubled Tuesday in the first trading since Federated Department Stores Inc. said it would buy the debt-burdened chain. Federated stock slumped. The purchase, …


Home Shoppers Buy Montana Products

The nation’s home shoppers apparently consider Montana-made products hot items. Twenty Montana products went on display Saturday on the QVC network - and several of them sold out while the …


Cd-Rom Costs Vary By Up To 30 Percent

CD-ROM buyers are given four words of advice by a recent survey of prices: You better shop around. The cost of major titles at superstores, discount outlets and specialty shops …


Still Smoking National Recall Doesn’t Affect Many Spokane Sales

Michelle Watts has been smoking since she was 14. She was happy Philip Morris recalled many brands of its cigarettes. “They should ban them all anyways,” she says. Photo by …


River Park Square Unveils Plans Owners Ask City To Close Post To Set Stage For $80 Million Retail Project

The owners of River Park Square Thursday asked the city to close a block of Post Street to accommodate a massive $80 million downtown retail expansion. The project includes a …


Cominco To Launch Chain In Argentina

Ending a year of speculation, Cominco Fertilizers Ltd. said Thursday that it will launch a retail chain in Argentina - its first outside North America. The company’s board of directors …


Sales Tax Proceeds Show Dropoff In Retail Growth But Kootenai County Merchants Enjoyed A Strong Holiday Season

Kootenai County merchants rang up strong holidayseason sales, but the local economy also showed signs of slowing down. Taxable sales increased 3.6 percent during the fourth quarter of 1994 compared …


Selling Apples Takes More Than One Pitch In Japan

Yuichi Okazaki got a taste of Washington grown apples while grocery shopping on a recent Saturday in a Tokyo suburb. He sampled a U.S. red Delicious apple at Ito Yokado, …