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Wednesday, January 22, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Just about every store at the mall is struggling. Then there’s Bath & Body Works.

For three decades, Bath & Body Works has been an enduring and unexpected bright spot in the now-crumbling landscape of America’s malls.


Nation’s largest retail trade group: holiday sales rose 4.1%

The National Retail Federation had expected growth in a range of 3.8% to 4.2% for the November and December period. The growth is nearly double the 2.1% growth seen during …


Pier 1 Imports closing nearly half of stores as sales falter

Pier 1 Imports is closing nearly half its 942 stores as it struggles to draw consumers and compete online.


Oregon-based Les Schwab tire company looking for a buyer

BEND, Ore. – Les Schwab, the Bend tire powerhouse known for its customer service, company culture and – once – its fierce commitment to keeping the business in the family, …


Champagne and shoes: Luxury stores adapt to changing shopper

N entrants have disrupted the luxury sector by creating different channels to attain the seemingly unattainable.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Smart holiday shopping: Avoiding fake reviews and tricky ads

There are lots of bargains online during the holidays, but also plenty of ways to get scammed, even at established outlets like Amazon.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Spokane used Book business turns the page to include brick-and-mortar

Bibliophiles rejoiced when books began reappearing in the windows of the former Cal’s Books on North Hamilton Street. Last month, a new sign went up announcing the arrival of Page …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 2, 2019

Still on top: Cyber Monday sales on track to hit record

Even though deals could be found online for days, shoppers still pulled out their phones and laptops to shop on the Monday after Thanksgiving, with sales on track to hit …


Then and Now: The Bennett Block

Oregon-born Bascomb H. Bennett originally owned a hotel on the site at Howard and Main, but it was burned in the great fire of 1889. Today, the Bennett Block is …


Bed Bath & Beyond pulls pumpkins over blackface complaints

Bed Bath & Beyond has removed pumpkins painted black with white mouths following complaints they were offensive because they resembled blackface.


U.S. retail sales dip 0.3% in September

WASHINGTON – Retail sales dropped in September by the largest amount in seven months, possibly signaling that rising trade tensions and turbulent markets are having an impact on consumer spending. …


Then and Now: Jensen-Byrd warehouse on Main Avenue

The Jensen-Byrd warehouse on Main Avenue was first built as a storage facility for the Marshall-Wells Company in 1909. Today, it’s part of the WSU campus in the University District.


National Retail Federation forecasts solid holiday growth

The National Retail Federation, the nation’s largest retail trade group, forecasts that holiday sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.2% even as uncertainty looms over an escalating trade war with …


Johnson’s Custom Jewelry fills space vacated by Dodson’s

But the legacy of jewelry sales at its former Dodson’s Jewelers in downtown Spokane lives on through Johnson’s Custom Jewelry, which opened last week at 516 W. Riverside Ave.


Riverstone development in Coeur d’Alene marks 20 years of challenges and successes

When John Stone set foot on the site of a former sawmill near the Spokane River, he saw an opportunity to transform the land into a lifestyle center, a “town …


H&M stops buying leather from Brazil over Amazon fires

COPENHAGEN, Denmark – Low-cost fashion retailer H&M said Friday it is suspending leather purchases from Brazil to make sure it is not supporting cattle farming that may be contributing to …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 4, 2019

Locals react to Walmart’s decision to stop selling some ammo, discourage open carry

Walmart announced Tuesday it would no longer sell handgun and short-barrel rifle ammunition.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

Solid earnings from major U.S. retailers drive stocks higher

U.S. stocks marched broadly higher in midday trading Wednesday as investors welcomed a batch of strong earnings reports from several big retailers.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Department stores make room for used fashion

As department stores watch their customers flock to secondhand stores, some are trying to bring them back by partnering with online resale sites.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019

Eddie Bauer to shut down its Midwest call center, send jobs overseas

In yet another example of a beloved Northwest retailer trying to turn itself around, Eddie Bauer will shutter a call center near Columbus, Ohio, and eliminate 111 jobs there in …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

A ‘pivotal year’: New Nordstrom NYC Flagship store part of a huge bet on the the company’s future

In just over two months, Nordstrom executives and other luminaries will descend on midtown Manhattan to christen one of the largest, most ambitious projects in the company’s 118-year history – …


Adidas’ Greg Thomsen talks outdoors

When 40-year outdoor industry veteran Greg Thomsen launched Adidas’ U.S. outdoors


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 7, 2019

Sears at NorthTown Mall to close by late October

The location is the only one that will be shuttered in Washington state in this latest round of closures but is among 26 Sears and Kmart stores nationwide that will …


Lover of dollhouses and miniatures transformed her passion into 20 years of business success

Bobbi Jo Krakenberg owns Bobbi Jo’s Miniatures and Dollhouses and operates the store specializing in miniatures and dollhouses and their furnishings from her Spokane Valley home. She’s never advertised.


UPDATED: Mon., July 29, 2019

South Hill development plans include retail, apartments, Southeast Sports Complex upgrades

A plot of land known as the KXLY site is slated is slated to be turned into apartments, retail shopping, parking lots and soccer field improvements with a few years.


The NASA logo is having a moment

The NASA logo is having a moment in the retail spotlight


Garland Resale Boutique opening Friday in downtown Spokane

Garland Resale Boutique is opening today in downtown Spokane following months of work to repair damage from a fire earlier this year. The boutique was set to open in March …


UPDATED: Fri., June 7, 2019

As big chain bookstores struggle, independent booksellers in Spokane area and elsewhere enjoy a resurgence

The Well-Read Moose in Coeur d’Alene and Auntie’s Bookstore in Spokane are among the many independent bookstores in the area riding a national wave of resurgence.


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

U.S.-China trade dispute weighing on retail sector

Pressure from the trade dispute between the U.S. and China continues to weigh on the retail sector.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Retailers, shoppers could feel more pain if tariffs spread

An escalating trade war with China could mean higher prices on a broad array of products but some retailers will be less equipped to handle the pain than others, leaving …