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San Antonio’s Joske’s Latest in ‘Department Mall’ Trend

November 9th, 2017 · 2 Comments

SAN ANTONIO – The Joske’s Department Store, so long a beloved presence in Texas, yet another example of a revived department store location that is a mall and downtown anchor. This follows a recent trend of refitting large downtown department stores. In the case of Joske’s, the project promotes the name and history of the […]

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Dayton’s Throws Hat Into Brand Name Revival

October 24th, 2017 · No Comments

MINNEAPOLIS – It was always inane and wasteful that Macy’s could not figure out what to do with its downtown store that was the former Dayton’s. Finally, they shuttered it, the property taken over for redevelopment. Thankfully, the store name will be revived as The Dayton’s Project. Dayton’s, of course loved in Minnesota, is famous […]

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Kaufmann’s Return as Real Estate Play Inspires

July 30th, 2017 · No Comments

PITTSBURGH – Because many downtown department stores have failed under the current model of Macy’s, there is a misunderstanding of what a department store is, and whether a department store is a valid idea. Currently, the idea of a department store is a massive, massive clothing and accessories store, with some other things thrown in. […]

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Be an Add on Brand for More Sales; Oh and Bring Back the Sears Jon Boat

May 17th, 2013 · No Comments

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The social theorist and urban planner Andres Duany a few years ago gave a talk on “male” space in the American household. Male space has pretty much disappeared; the den, once male, became a family room, and then became housebroken. Homeowners associations will fine you for leaving the garage door open in some subdivisions. In […]

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The Disappearing Retail Clothing Label

May 13th, 2011 · No Comments

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It’s an old idea, and it is often forgotten in the rampant cost cutting in retail. It’s the clothing retailer name tag. Only a generation ago, it was a common practice, as it served as a permanent advertisement for the retailer after the piece of clothing was sold. Every sort of clothing retailer would do […]

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Abraham & Straus Easter Greetings

April 24th, 2011 · No Comments

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Happy Easter from that wonderful Brooklyn emporium Abraham and Straus. By the way they have a hat sale going on.

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New Belk Logo Goes South

March 26th, 2011 · No Comments

CHARLOTTE – The department store chain Belk has a new logo being slowly rolled out across the South. The sans serif, lower case Belk replaces a 196os scripty logo that was familiar across the South in various incarnations including Belk, Parks-Belk, Hudson-Belk and Leggett. The old logo design was a fixture of many downtowns across […]

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Fans Still Miss Marshall Fields

December 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The folks in Chicago are still missing Marshall Field’s. We just encountered this BBC report on the issue, and are grateful that the FieldsFansChicago are still at it. There is a great discussion of the issue of international retail brands and retail. The folks are calling it “corporate imperialism.” Amazon.com Widgets

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Rooster: Relic of a Great Era of American Ties

September 29th, 2010 · 3 Comments

One of the great 1960s men’s fashion brands is Rooster, the tie company. Rooster ties were a cultural item, and one of the rare brands of American ties that are so interesting that they can exist on their own without being part of a full line of menswear. Illustrator Steven Guarnaccia has a collection of […]

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Ace Hardware the Place for Sears Craftsman

March 10th, 2010 · 1 Comment

DESTIN – One of the newest plans at Sears (besides closing Sears and Kmart stores and licensing the DieHard brand) is to sell Craftsman tools at Ace Hardware stores. (Look here for report by Sandra Jones.) The pilot program involves 100 stores.  It immediately appears a winner for Ace as it gives them a line […]

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