RETAIL APOCALYPSE: 3,500 stores or more to close this year

Published: Monday, March 27, 2017 @ 12:59 PM

Find out what stores are closing down.

More than 3,500 stores could be closed within the year, in what some experts are coining the “retail apocalypse.”

Major retailers across the country have taken a hit as consumers shift their spending habits in the age of e-commerce. Several have filed bankruptcy, closing all brick-and-mortar stores, including Bebe and The Limited.

The effects has impacted Ohio shopping centers and malls, leaving some retail space vacant after closures. Here’s the list of retail stores that have announced closures:

• 500 to 1,000 stores: PAYLESS — The Kansas-based retailer is discussing restructuring plans that would include closing stores. It could also close file for bankruptcy.

• 552 stores: RADIO SHACK — General Wireless Operations, the parent company of RadioShack, is in the process of restructuring the electronics retail company. This is the second time in two years that RadioShack has filed bankruptcy.

• 250 stores: THE LIMITED — The parent company of women’s clothing store The Limited has filed a voluntary petition for relief under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Court, and the store website has been taken offline.

• 240 stores: FAMILY CHRISTIAN — Christian faith-based gift and book store chain Family Christian announced it’s closing all of its 240 stores nationwide, including four locations in the area.

• 170 stores: BEBE — The women’s clothing retailer has filed for bankruptcy and closed all store locations.

• 160 stores: CROCS

• 150 stores: GAMESTOP — GameStop, a video game and consumer electronics retailer, will close at least 150 stores after reporting another year of declined sales. The Texas-based company released its report of sales and earnings for 2017 last week, and projected a grim 2017 for some stores.

• 138 stores: JC PENNEY — J.C. Penney announced the locations of 138 stores it plans to close as part of a previously announced consolidation, including four in Ohio. The store nearest to Dayton on the list is located in St. Mary’s Square shopping center in St. Mary’s.

• 120 stores: BCBG — BCBG Max Azria Group announced the company has taken the next step in the restructuring of its brands. The company, which owns BCBGMAXAZRIA, said Wednesday it has filed voluntary petitions for reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code

• 110 stores: AMERICAN APPAREL

• 108 stores: KMART— The parent company of Sears and Kmart warned there is “substantial doubt” that the retailers can continue to survive. The company, which lost $2.2 billion in sales last year, announced earlier this year that it would close 150 Sears and Kmart stores.

• 88 stores: HHGREGG — Appliance store hhgregg is closing 88 stores and laying off 1,500 employees, and four locations in Ohio will be impacted.

• 70 stores: STAPLES  — The office supply store reported a $548 million loss in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2016.

• 70 stores: CVS

• 68 stores: MACY’S— The retailer announced it is eliminating more than 10,000 jobs and plans to move forward with 68 store closures after a disappointing holiday shopping season.

• 60 stores:ABERCROMBIE & FITCH — Abercrombie & Fitch Co. has eliminated 150 positions at the corporate level, a spokeswoman confirmed with this news organization today.

• 60 stores: GUESS 

• 42 stores: SEARS — The company, which lost $2.2 billion in sales last year, announced earlier this year that it would close 150 Sears and Kmart stores.

30 stores: GANDER MOUNTAIN — The outdoor sporting goods retailer, which sells guns and rifles, operates 162 and announced that 32 “underperforming” stores will shut down in the next several weeks. No Ohio stores were on that list of impacted stores.


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Local job fair to recruit disability support staff

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 12:07 PM

            Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley is at 660 S. Main St. in Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley is at 660 S. Main St. in Dayton. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

An upcoming Dayton job fair is seeking employees to support local adults with developmental disabilities.

Montgomery County Board of Developmental Disabilities Services will sponsor a hiring event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 31 at Goodwill Easter Seals Miami Valley at 660 S. Main St.

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Some of the positions include direct service and support positions and leadership positions in both home-based settings and adult day programs. Full- and part-time positions across a variety of shifts are available, and attendees may apply for openings during the event.

No prior experience working with people with developmental disabilities is required, but applicants must pass a background check. Employers will provide paid training for all new hires.

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For additional information about this event, contact Mitchell Snyder at msnyder@mcbdds.org or 937-837-9205.

Low-cost WOW air offering $99 flight deals from Cincinnati to Europe

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 10:30 AM


Low-cost Icelandic airline WOW air is offering special flight deals from $99 to $149 for several international flights.

WOW air begins service from Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in early May, and the airline is celebrating by offering special deals on one-way flights. The airline is offering $99 one-way flight sales from CVG to Iceland, and one-way flights for $149 to Amsterdam, Paris, Copenhagen, Dublin, Frankfurt, London and Berlin.

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Service from Cincinnati will be available four days per week. The offer is available for travel from September to October. WOW air will also start flights this spring in Detroit, St. Louis, Cleveland and Dallas.

“We’re excited to welcome WOW air to CVG to provide local travelers another international travel option,” said Candace McGraw, chief executive officer of CVG. “WOW air is one of the fastest growing, low-cost transatlantic carriers.”

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Bookings are available at www.wowair.us.


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Whirlpool celebrates new Trump tariffs, adding 200 jobs in Ohio

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 8:41 AM

Whirlpool KitchenAid mixers in all colors wait for assembly at the factory in Greenville in this 2012 photo. FILE
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At least one local manufacturer is celebrating the Trump administration’s move to slam down new tariffs on imported goods.

Whirlpool Corp. said it is adding 200 jobs after the administration imposed a tariff of up to 50 percent on large residential washing machines, a penalty aimed squarely at rival manufacturers Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc.

The new full-time employees will work at a factory in Clyde, Ohio, Whirlpool said Monday. The company also said the administration’s action will also result in new jobs in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee.

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Whirlpool has about 10,000 workers at five manufacturing plants, including about 1,000 at its Greenville facilities in Darke County.

Last year, Whirlpool cut the ribbon on a $17 million doubling in size of its Ohio Factory Distribution Center in Greenville, a site that supports shipments of KitchenAid small appliances.

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“This is a victory for American workers and consumers alike,” Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool chief executive, said in a statement Monday. “By enforcing our existing trade laws, President Trump has ensured American workers will compete on a level playing field with their foreign counterparts, enabled new manufacturing jobs here in America and will usher in a new era of innovation for consumers everywhere.”

The administration also announced tariffs on imported solar cells and modules.

Jim Bustillo, owner of Miamisburg’s Star City Solar, which sells and installs solar cells and components, said the tariffs will likely make some of the products he sells more expensive. But’s he’s OK with that.

“We need to protect American jobs,” Bustillo said Tuesday.

The products he sells are a mix of American-made and imported products. But he said he assures customers that solar equipment pays for itself in time.

“Solar panels are not an expense,” Bustillo said. “They’re an investment.”

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“The president’s action makes clear again that the Trump administration will always defend American workers, farmers, ranchers, and businesses in this regard,” Robert Lighthizer, U.S. trade representative, said in a statement.

It’s back. Graeter’s partners with brewery again for ice cream beer

Published: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 @ 6:48 AM

The Cincinnati ice cream maker Grater's started in 1868 and is now run by the fourth generation.

Graeter’s Ice Cream and Kentucky-based Braxton Brewing Co. have partnered up again to bring back the highly popular Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout beer.

The Cincinnati-based ice cream company will re-launch its Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip flavor beer with Braxton with a few changes to the original recipe. The new batch will have more pure black raspberry puree in the beer. Also, for the first time, the brew will be available in Columbus and Nashville.

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The unique milk stout will once again be available starting in early February at Cincinnati, Dayton, Lexington, Louisville, Nashville and Columbus-area Kroger markets for a limited time. It will be introduced at a Tapping Party on Feb. 3at Braxton Brewing Co.’s Covington, Kentucky Taproom.

Based on feedback from customers last year, the brewery has infused even more of Graeter’s proprietary pure Black Raspberry purée.

“We hand-crafted a new recipe to ensure that we released a beer we know craft food and beer lovers will appreciate, and the new Black Raspberry Chocolate Chip Milk Stout recipe does just that,” said Jake Rouse, Braxton’s co-founder and CEO.


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