Macy’s to open Thanksgiving night

Published: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 9:41 AM
Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 @ 9:41 AM

Macy’s Inc. will open most of its stores on Thanksgiving night, breaking with a more than 150-year-old tradition.

The Cincinnati-based retail company announced that it will open most stores nationwide at 8 p.m. on Nov. 28, giving shoppers a jump on its annual “Black Friday” deals.

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is one of the busiest shopping days of the year.

“For Macy’s, it’s important to make this day enjoyable and convenient for everyone, as our customers search for great deals on favorite wish-list items,” said Peter Sachse, the company’s chief stores officer, in a statement.

Company officials said the Thanksgiving opening is in response to customer demand, and is consistent with many other retailers. To minimize the impact on store associates, Macy’s has allowed associates to volunteer for preferred shifts throughout the holiday season, including on Thanksgiving weekend.

Parent company of T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods to open new home store

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 11:20 AM

Parent company of T.J. Maxx, HomeGoods to open new home store

The parent company of discount stores, like T.J. Maxx and HomeGoods, announced it will launch a new home store concept later this year.

TJX Cos. official said it will open a new chain store that will sell items for the home, but will be completely different than HomeGoods. In an earnings call last week, Chief Executive Ernie Herrman said the company will use existing distribution centers and supply chain to support the new brand.

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“Looking ahead, we see many opportunities to continue our successful growth and are pursuing many initiatives to keep driving shoppers to our stores,” Herrman told investors. “We are making strategic investments in our infrastructure, stores, and new seeds to strengthen our leadership positions and allow us to capture additional market share in the U.S. and internationally.”

Herman did not say what the name of the store will be or where they will open new locations.

TJX has more than 3,800 stores with sales of more than $33 billion annually. The company also added 198 stores during the fiscal year that ended on Jan. 28. HomeGoods, Marshalls and T.J. Maxx will all add stores in the U.S. in 2017, according to a company statement.

HomeGoods has locations in Beavercreek, Miamisburg, and three others in the Cincinnati area. T.J. Maxx has stores in Kettering, Miamisburg, Beavercreek, West Chester Twp. and multiple in Cincinnati. Marshalls has locations in Huber Heights and another at Cross Pointe Shopping Center in the Dayton area, among others in Cincinnati.

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The positive growth for the company, which specifically focuses on discount brands, comes as several retailers downsize brick-and-mortar stores and struggle to maintain profits.

Though retail sales are expected to grow between 3.7 and 4.2 percent, according to the National Retail Federation’s 2017 economic forecast, online sales will grow faster. Online and other non-store sales will increase between 8 and 12 percent — most likely forcing additional closures of brick-and-mortar stores, including several in the Miami Valley.

Stores like Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Sears and Kmart announced store locations will close across the U.S., including in Ohio.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Amusement company has ‘best year:’ 3 things to know about Kings Island

Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 10:27 AM


            Amusement company has ‘best year:’ 3 things to know about Kings Island

In case you didn’t know, having fun in Ohio is big business.

Very big business. Cedar Point in Sandusky had 3,507,000 visitors push through its turnstiles in 2015, an eight percent increase over the year before, according to a national report released last year.

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Our area’s own Kings Island, in Mason, wasn’t far behind, with 3,335,000 guests descending on the 364-acre park, also an increase compared to 2014, of three percent.

Last year, Ohio-based Cedar Fair saw total attendance increase by 4.9 percent across 17 properties. The company ranked No. 5 worldwide in attendance for 2015, according to a report by Themed Entertainment Association.

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Here are a few things to know about the big business of fun in Ohio.

1. Fun is profitable.

Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. — owner of Kings Island — last week declared a regular quarterly cash distribution of $0.855 per limited partner unit, a payout to shareholders or what the company calls “unitholders.”

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The distribution, which is payable March 15 this year to unitholders of record as of Friday, is the company’s 31st straight year year of paying cash to unitholders.

Matt Ouimet, Cedar Fair’s chief executive officer, declared 2016 “the most successful year in our history.” Why? See the attendance numbers above.

2. Fun is mysterious.

King’s Island is getting another wooden roller coaster.

The ride — Kings Island’s 16th roller coaster — is scheduled to open this spring and is called “Mystic Timbers,” with riders being treated to a journey that rises 109 feet, with 16 airtime moments along a 3,265-foot long track, all ending in a dark shed.

In fact, there’s a Twitter hashtag devoted to the whole question of #WhatsInTheShed?

Word is, by the time workers complete construction, they will have used some 330,000 board feet of southern yellow lumber; 30,000 pounds of nails; 88,000 bolts and washers and 4,500 cubic yards of concrete for the foundation.

Even before anyone has enjoyed the coaster, Mystic Timbers recent made USA Today’s list of the most anticipated roller coasters of 2017.

3. Fun is hiring.

Kings Island has some 4,200 job openings for its 45th annual season, which opens April 15.

Applicants have to be 15 years old or older, and there are a lot of jobs out there: admissions, call center, cash control, entertainment, food and beverage, fire and safety, games, guest services, lifeguards — and a whole lot more.

For more information or questions regarding employment, call (513) 754-5748.

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Published: Monday, February 27, 2017 @ 4:00 PM


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Personal items of Heimlich maneuver inventor for sale in Blue Ash

Published: Saturday, February 25, 2017 @ 2:51 PM

Personal items of Heimlich maneuver inventor for sale in Blue Ash

The personal collection of Dr. Henry Heimlich, the famed inventor of a maneuver to help chocking victims, is up for auction online.

Everything But the House is conducting the auction, based out of Blue Ash. Approximately 85 items are for sale, and the auction ends on Sunday at 5:45 p.m. Several items for sale were gifts or acquired by Heimlich during his time abroad.

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Items for sale include a collection of Chinese Soapstone Seals, a Chinese Dragon Court Robe and even Chinese currency from the World War II era. Several pieces of furniture and other home decor items are also for sale. Current bids for some items are more than $1,800.

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“My understanding is that they were tokens of appreciation given by people whom he had medically treated,” his daughter Janet Heimlich told Everything But the House. “When I think about my father The Humanitarian, I don’t only think about his medical innovations, I also think about how he felt personally connected to so many individuals who owed their lives to his work.”

Heimlich died in mid-December after complications from a massive heart attack at 96 years old.

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