Opening and Closing

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Re: Opening and Closing

Postby guest » Tue Apr 25, 2017 1:34 pm

Craig wrote:It's said that Amazon and the internet is killing retail... .

You could argue that retail is killing retail: stores have no selection, no inventory, and the clerks know nothing. Take shoes f'rinstance. The mall stores sell all the same flashy SpaceJam-looking crap. Zappos has everything, and if it doesn't fit or you don't like it, free returns. Or bookstores. Borders and Barnes & Noble killed mom and pop stores, and then Amazon killed the big chains. I'll go looking for a book of local interest, say the AIA Detroit Architecture guide or maybe something new mentioned in the paper or MetroTimes and they'll say they don't have it but can have it in store in a day or two to which I'll reply "bitch, Amazon will have that at my door in two days with free shipping and it's cheaper and I won't have to see you again." How can these stores not stock something that's pretty much guaranteed to sell? Answer - because the buyers aren't from here and they're unaware of local interests.
But then something like this (below) goes down...

I don't know where that mall is but today there's a story about wilding at a carnival at a local mall. Teens arrested are from Inkster and Romulus. Similarly, last week's story about the Greektown beating involved players from Inkster and Romulus. The cops picked them up one by one, bond is $5M cash, no 10% for you, and most of them have done time as evidenced by pages on OTIS. And they did real time. A sentence of 1 1/2 to 4 years turned into almost the full four years. I assume they couldn't get along, or maybe they liked the food.

Used to be when I went to Greektown I'd always see at least one cop, often in a parade uniform but it was a cop. I never see police there now when I go to eat. And how was the casino not aware of what was going down right outside? They have security, no? Not their problem? So much for the safe zone.
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Re: Opening and Closing

Postby Craig » Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:21 pm

guest wrote:You could argue that retail is killing retail: stores have no selection, no inventory, and the clerks know nothing.


Agreed. All good points: ass clowns for help, spotty selection, buyers from out of town with only a bare grasp of what they locals want, etc. Like newspapers of ten years ago the retail model is broken and seemingly cannot be unbroken. Everything -literally every damn thing- can be found online in less time than it takes to write this post. One recent search of mine found that through Walmart one can buy a Stanley rabbeting plane. This is a piece of specialized equipment that you have to be a nut to use (I am and I do), and while I've never once encountered one in any store ever there it was, available with a few clicks and a credit card. What is it that stores can do consistently that is objectively better than working the mouse? I enjoyed talking rock and roll with the old hippy who owned the nearby record store, but he went under and the momentum is picking up that is taking down real stores.

At some point society could say to the newspaper industry "you no longer do anything for me," and it was true because news aggregators and Craigslist sucked away all of their value propositions. I liked "the paper" but there's less and less reason to turn to it, aside from nostalgia, and honestly if it were not for the printed crossword puzzles that I prefer then on many Sundays I could skip the paper altogether. I fear that the same is increasingly true of stores: "you no longer do anything for me," especially if I can skip right over the panhandling, dings in my car doors, and then the possibility of ending up in a YouTube video with fools hooting "World Star" over my body.

Big societal change happening right in front of us, and all within the lifespan of Andy's lark/social experiment.
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Re: Opening and Closing

Postby guest » Wed Apr 26, 2017 11:23 am

Busy Bee Hardware in Eastern Market has been sold. Expect mixed retail and hipster lofts. Can't say I ever used anything but their lock services, but this sounds like a net loss (except for $2.6M for the owners).
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Re: Opening and Closing

Postby Toolbox » Thu Apr 27, 2017 7:29 am

Kit and Ace closes downtown Detroit store


Kit and Ace, the company that sells expensive athleisure clothing, is closing all of its U.S. stores — including its store on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

The closings are effective immediately, according to a company press release. It's also closing stores in Australia and the United Kingdom. The Vancouver, B.C.-based company said it will focus on its Canadian showrooms and its e-commerce business, kitandace.com.

http://www.freep.com/story/life/shoppin ... 100948516/

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Re: Opening and Closing

Postby The Suburban Avenger » Thu Apr 27, 2017 2:36 pm

Toolbox wrote:
Kit and Ace closes downtown Detroit store


Kit and Ace, the company that sells expensive athleisure clothing, is closing all of its U.S. stores — including its store on Woodward Avenue in downtown Detroit.

The closings are effective immediately, according to a company press release. It's also closing stores in Australia and the United Kingdom. The Vancouver, B.C.-based company said it will focus on its Canadian showrooms and its e-commerce business, kitandace.com.

http://www.freep.com/story/life/shoppin ... 100948516/



The fuck is 'athleisure'? Is that stretchy pants for ladies who kinda/sorta work out and want to look good when they go to Costco? Or dudes who need skin-tight, breathable vests to wear to their kids' soccer games?
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