The Next Domino to Fall: Mervyn’s?

Mervyn’s, a large western chain of discount clothing/housewares retailers–very similar to Kohl’s, for those of you in other parts of the country–may well be the next major bankruptcy to hit American malls: Mervyn’s LLC may be forced to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as early as this month if the California department-store chain fails […]

Hudson’s Bay Co. bought by Lord & Taylor parent

Recently, 338-year-old Canadian retail giant Hudson’s Bay Company, which operates numerous chain nameplates such as discounter Zellers and The Bay department stores, received a takeover bid from U.S. retailer Lord & Taylor.  Already a minor shareholder in Hudson’s Bay Company, Lord & Taylor wouldn’t be the first American company to own this brand; the company is already owned by American Anita […]

Americans Really DON’T Need Cheap College Sweatshirts; AND Wal-Mart Gets a Re-Fresh?

From the news bin: Steve & Barry’s, whose wild success over the past five years has been every bit as puzzling as their business model and inventory of cheap goods, appears to be in deep trouble: NEW YORK (Reuters) – Retailer Steve & Barry’s LLC is readying plans to close more than 100 of its […]

Jasmine Sola: Rip Her To Shreds

There’s an interesting article in today’s Boston Globe about the impending demise of Jasmine Sola, a trendy, upscale women’s clothier that had until recently been on a meteoric rise. The story details how Jasmine Sola went from a carefully-curated boutique in Cambridge, Massachusetts to a booming regional chain known for its colorful stores and high-end […]

News and Miscellany

It’s been a while since we offered anything other than shopping center write-ups, and we realize that part of the advantage of having a chronological blog is the ability to post current information. In suburban Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a large upscale regional mall proposal called Pabst Farms Town Center is tenatively back on, but this time with a different […]

Peek Peek Sneak About

(photo via As some of you have noticed, we’ve been having some server issues the past few days. That’s part of the reason we haven’t gotten much content up lately, but trust me, we’re working on something pretty neat. Here’s some miscellany to tide you over, in case you’re starving for some mall-related reading: […]

Retail Weekend Update

Hudson, NH Lifestyle Plans Canceled Much to no one’s surprise, W/S Development’s bizarrely ambitious plans to build a lifestyle center with several million square feet of space in Hudson, New Hampshire, were canceled this week. We wrote about this plan a couple months back, and said that it would basically spell a Mr. Yuk for […]

Mr. Yuk Goes to Hudson

A marvel of the 21st century is that Labelscar has a great little tool called web analytics where I can see (amongst other things) the search terms that people use to access our site. While I generally keep my day job separate from my goings-on as a mall geek, I don’t mind mentioning that I […]

Bye Bye Bye: CompUSA to Slice Itself in Half, Federated Department Stores is No More

There’s some big retail news today: CompUSA, which has long been struggling against rivals Best Buy and Circuit City, and who seem to have lost the geek market to more specialty chains like MicroCenter, will be closing 126 stores, more than half of their remaining store fleet, throughout the country. They’ll be pulling out of […]

The End of South Street Seaport? New York City Mall May Be Demolished

Since 1983, the South Street Seaport has been one of the country’s most famous “festival marketplace” style shopping malls. Built as part of a craze to introduce suburban style shopping hubs in the center of cities, festival marketplaces were designed to try and stop the loss of shoppers to the suburbs and revitalize struggling cities […]