Did You Know...?
In my quest to bring you retail enlightenment each week, I decided to launch a regular series in Shop To It called "Did You Know...?" It'll be full of fun tidbits about anything and everything about shopping, from big sales to interesting Web sites and stores. Here's the first roundup. Please tell me what you think:
Did you know...
...Pier 1 Imports may be the next retailer to be closing some stores? The company announced earlier this month that it's working on getting lower rental rates at many of its stores. And if it doesn't work at some of its worst performing locations, they may get the ax. Stay tuned for store closing sales.
...We shoppers spent a whopping one percent more in January than we did in December? But we spent 9 percent less this January than we did last January, according to the Commerce Department. The experts predict, however, that we're going to close our wallets for the rest of the first half of this year, according to the National Retail Federation. What are you buying these days?
...You can actually get affordable items at J. Crew? I've been a little surprised that people are so impressed with First Lady Michelle Obama's tendency to buy her family's clothes at J. Crew. I never thought it was a great bargain store. They have shorts for $98, after all. But I recently saw that you can get a $250 double-serge jacket for $80. They also had some $118 classic ballet flats that were marked down to $60, a double-cloth coat with Thinsulate marked down from $318 to $149.99 and a pair of corduroys for $19.99, down from their original price of $79.50.
...The best grocery deals are at Bottom Dollar Food? That's according to Checkbook magazine, which recently did a study of 18 grocery store chains in our area and found the cheapest prices at Bottom Dollar, which has nine stores in Northern Virginia and Maryland. Second was Wegmans and third was SuperTarget. Unfortunately for us, Wegmans, with only five stores in our area, and SuperTarget, with only four, are not the most convenient places to shop. Some of the most expensive stores were My Organic Market, Whole Foods and Chevy Chase Super Market.
So, what interesting retail information do you have to share? Have you shopped any good sales lately or gotten any good deals? Post a comment and tell me about it.
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