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Clothes Mentor moving into Woodmen Valley

Two local business owners will open a women’s clothing resale store called Clothes Mentor in Colorado Springs’ Woodmen Valley Shopping Center. Steve and Porscha Shideler will be the first in the Springs to open a branch of the Minnesota-based chain that offers “business and casual, smart and stylish apparel, shoes, purses and accessories for as… Continue Reading Clothes Mentor moving into Woodmen Valley

Retailers celebrate merry shopping season

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No one has official numbers yet, but Colorado Springs retailers from big to small say they believe they had their best holiday shopping season in years. “Our staff with over five years of history here at the mall believe this was the best traffic they had seen,” said Victoria Harley, general manager at Chapel Hills… Continue Reading Retailers celebrate merry shopping season

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Retailers should target mobile apps to parents

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Retailers making plans for mobile applications and texting coupons should know that new research shows parents with children under 18 are more likely than other adults to use their mobile devices to shop, find coupons and locate stores. That’s the news from a poll of 2,262 adults by Placecast.com, an online research site. “As brand… Continue Reading Retailers should target mobile apps to parents

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More businesses are using Pinterest to attract consumers, according to a survey from shop.org.   According to the 2012 Social and Mobile Commerce study, Pinterest has become a huge player in social media – online consumers report that they follow and average of 9.3 retail companies on the site, compared to the average 6.9 retailers… Continue Reading Study: Pinterest gaining ground with consumers

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Holiday discounts crimp retailers’ profits

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Many retailers delivered solid sales gains for December, but heavy discounts needed to get shoppers to buy exacted a high price, clouding the holiday shopping season. Merchants had to mark down coats and other gifts to get shoppers to buy in a challenging economy. A mild start to winter also didn’t help, wilting shoppers’ appetite… Continue Reading Holiday discounts crimp retailers’ profits

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Higher prices – not more sales – marked the 2009-2010 winter sports season. Nationally, retailers sold $2.9 billion this season, up from $2.8 billion a year ago, according to information from Snow Sport Industries of America, a trade group for winter sports. That increase wasn’t due to more items being sold, unit sales were down… Continue Reading 2010 winter sports season ends in black for retailers

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Mother’s Day gives retailers a needed boost

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Consumers are planning to spend a little bit more on mom this year. Mother’s Day is the second largest consumer spending holiday – behind Christmas and Hanukah – and this year will be no exception. The average person will spend $126 to make mom feel special, up slightly from $123 last year. Total spending is… Continue Reading Mother’s Day gives retailers a needed boost

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Seasonal hiring up 42% during 2009

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Retailers added 547,400 seasonal workers between October and December, or a 42 percent improvement over 2008 when holiday hiring fell to a 22-year low, according to employment data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, analysts at Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. determined that after weak hiring in October, retailers picked up the… Continue Reading Seasonal hiring up 42% during 2009

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Survey: Shoppers heading to Powers, Chapel Hills

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The big retail winners this holiday season could be the Chapel Hills Mall and the Powers Boulevard corridor, said a recent University of Colorado at Colorado Springs’ College of Business and Administration shopper survey. About half the people surveyed plan to shop at either location, with about a third choosing to do most of their shopping… Continue Reading Survey: Shoppers heading to Powers, Chapel Hills

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Chain retailers offer tax day deals

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Feeling the pain from filing taxes today? Several national chains are offering deals for the tax-oppressed. Here’s a roundup of Tax Day deals around town and online. Chick-fil-A: visit a participating restaurant today keep your receipt. The Tax Relief Day Special allows diners to return before April 30 and receive the same order free. Cinnabon:… Continue Reading Chain retailers offer tax day deals

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