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Brick and Mortar Retail

December 27, 2019, 7am PST
More online shopping means fewer consumers are spending money at brick-and-mortar stores, with suburban malls hit especially hard. But municipalities are looking for creative strategies to navigate a post-mall world.
Land Lines
December 19, 2019, 10am PST
The demise of a beloved outdoors gear chain in Southern California suggests that no store is safe in America's high-priced cities.
California Planning & Development Report
September 2, 2019, 7am PDT
Perched on the northeastern tip of Staten Island next to the ferry terminal, Empire Outlets has only filled 26 of its 75 storefronts since a grand opening in May.
The City
January 9, 2019, 8am PST
Live music, skating rinks, and artificial beaches are now part of developments that want to go beyond just simple shopping and dining.
The Washington Post
December 5, 2018, 5am PST
On what is arguably a peak parking day, parking lots around the country still had plenty of space.
CityLab
June 24, 2018, 11am PDT
The decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair certainly didn't hurt traditional retailers, but they're still going to have to help themselves in the face of competition from online retail.
Globe St.
March 15, 2018, 7am PDT
Toys R Us will shut down all its remaining stores in the final blow of a process that began with bankruptcy filing in September 2017.
NPR via KPCC
March 1, 2018, 2pm PST
In places like San Jose, "new approaches to the storefront" are paying dividends for physical retailers willing to experiment.
SPUR
January 23, 2018, 9am PST
Now proposing to add another 900 stores in 2018, Dollar General continues to rapidly expand throughout the U.S. However, their push for a smaller more urban format is something seriously worth watching.
Modern Cities
December 22, 2017, 12pm PST
While warehousing and ecommerce jobs are steadily increasing in most parts of the country, rural areas are particularly hard hit by the struggles of the retail sector.
Indeed Hiring Lab
December 22, 2017, 6am PST
The Moby Mart is an autonomous, staffless, mobile store, turning every parking space in the world into a potential new 24-hour store.
Modern Cities
October 19, 2017, 5am PDT
Is retail dead? Amazon doesn't think so, and has been slowly growing a fleet of physical stores that look quite a bit different from their traditional retail counterparts.
Modern Cities
October 17, 2017, 7am PDT
Ross Stores continues its expansion in the face of a much-foretold retail apocalypse. The shopping experience it provides may be one reason it can stand up to Amazon.
The Business Journals
September 14, 2017, 1pm PDT
A California Nordstrom store will stock no clothing for customers to buy. Instead, it will let shoppers try on clothes in a curated environment and order anything they like to be sent to their homes.
The Washington Post
September 4, 2017, 1pm PDT
Reports of the death of brick and mortar retail have been greatly exaggerated, according to a new analysis.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Feature
August 1, 2017, 2pm PDT
An analysis of Planetizen traffic in the first six months of the Trump Administration reveals an audience still focused, despite so many distractions, on the future of communities.
James Brasuell
June 16, 2017, 2pm PDT
The nation's largest brick and mortar retailer gearing up to fight rival Amazon's brick and mortar grocery concept.
Modern Cities
June 2, 2017, 2pm PDT
More apparel sales will move online, and department stores will continue to struggle in 2017.
Business Insider
March 6, 2017, 12pm PST
The Minneapolis-based retailer is thinking big by betting on a small store and the urban revolution.
Modern Cities
February 19, 2017, 7am PST
Urbanist Jane Jacobs' support for mixed use development has long been seen as the best urban design strategy, but this vision assumed that the retail space under housing could be rented. What if that is no longer the case?
Shelterforce/Rooflines