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Downtown shop to close

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A downtown shop owner has decided to close her doors once and for all. Jeanne Galvin closed her Mt. Tejon shop downtown in the early spring and reopened in the same location before the start of the summer season as Tillie & Toad. Her clothing and consignment business didn’t catch on the way she wanted.… Continue Reading Downtown shop to close

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Retail pessimism dashed away

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Black Friday and weekend holiday sales were strong throughout the country and Colorado Springs was no exception. Traffic was heavy at the city’s shopping malls, and several stores reported higher sales this year than last. Independent shops also saw a surge of activity. Retailers cited several factors they believe created improvements. A strengthening economy, earlier… Continue Reading Retail pessimism dashed away

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Feds seize 150 websites in counterfeit crackdown

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Federal authorities have seized the domain names of 150 websites accused of selling counterfeit or pirated merchandise. The seizures were announced on “Cyber Monday,” the day that for many shoppers kicks off the online holiday shopping season. Officials from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with the FBI, led the investigation. ICE officials said the websites,… Continue Reading Feds seize 150 websites in counterfeit crackdown

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Federation names top customer-service retailers

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The National Retail Federation this week released its list of  retailers with the best customer service rankings. Rankings are based on results of consumers who were surveyed  Sept. 6-14. The top 10, in alphabetical order are: – Amazon.com – JCPenney – Kohl’s Department Stores – Lands’ End – L.L.Bean – Newegg – Nordstrom – Overstock.com… Continue Reading Federation names top customer-service retailers

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Workers looking to take advantage of Cyber Monday online deals will have a harder time sneaking past the guards at work this year, according to a survey of employers. Robert Half Technology found in a survey of Chief Information Officers that 60 percent of them block access on employee computers to retail and other online… Continue Reading Online shopping could be harder for employees this year

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The Downtown Partnership and the Colorado Springs Police Department are teaming up to make downtown more inviting during the holiday season. Patrol officers will walk the streets four days a week and groups of volunteers called ambassadors will be on hand to answer shoppers’ questions about parking, gift buying and restaurants. Officers Barry Rizk and… Continue Reading Police and ‘ambassadors’ on downtown streets during holidays

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Middle market retail executives don’t think much of the overall economic recovery – but they do expect their own companies to improve faster than the industry as a whole. That’s the word from the third annual retail finance outlook study released by the CIT Group Inc. While most retailers think business will improve, they are… Continue Reading Retail executives see glimmer of hope on economic horizon

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Gap to close U.S. stores

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Gap Inc. today announced that it will close 21 percent of its U.S. stores. There is only one Gap store in Colorado Springs. It’s located at the Chapel Hills Mall at 1710 Briargate Boulevard. Staff at the store directed questions about the store’s future to corporate offices. “With respective to providing a list of stores… Continue Reading Gap to close U.S. stores

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Retailers wrapped up in holiday hiring

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While local job growth is forecast to be slimmer this holiday season than it was last year, Colorado Springs retailers are still planning to bulk up for the last months of the year. Net job growth in Colorado Springs is expected to reach 3 percent in the fourth quarter of this year, down from 4… Continue Reading Retailers wrapped up in holiday hiring

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Restaurants, Family Dollar coming to Fountain

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Arby’s, Denny’s and Family Dollar are all prepping to open locations in the Markets at Mesa Ridge in Fountain. The retail development, a little more than a mile from gate 20 of Fort Carson, is thriving. “It’s like going back in time down there,” said Rich Walker, a broker with 1st Properties that markets the… Continue Reading Restaurants, Family Dollar coming to Fountain

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