The New-Look Shopping Mall That Doesn’t Sell Stuff

By Oliver Balch, Theguardian.com -

Four-year-old Joris Niekus hops excitedly in front of a wall-sized flatscreen as his dad loads up an interactive version of Roald Dahl’s BFG (known as GVR in Dutch). Seconds later, face beaming, [...]

A Holiday Comeback For Toys ‘R’ Us?

By Sarah Anderson, Otherwords.org -

For many years, Giovanna De La Rosa enjoyed working at Toys ‘R’ Us — especially during the holiday shopping season. “I loved bringing joy to families and to children,” she shared at a [...]

Retail Workers Nationwide Are United For Respect

By Andrea Dehlendorf and Ann Marie Reinhart, Inequality.org -

Toys ‘R’ Us workers won a crucial severance pay victory last year after the company closed its US stores. Private equity firms KKR, Bain, and Vornado had bought up the legendary toy store just a [...]

Sign Of Hope Or Worry? When The Dollar Store Comes To Town

By Patrik Jonsson, Csmonitor.com -

On a “mission to save my neighborhood,” Burnell Cotlon, an Army veteran, built his Lower 9th Ward Market literally by hand, shingle by shingle. Today, his counter wall features cameo shots with [...]

European Chains Spur Further Grocery Consolidation, Squeezing Farmers, Workers, And Independent Businesses

By Claire Kelloway, Foodandpower.net -

European grocery chains are driving a new round of concentration in American food retail, as they race to buy up independent grocers or drive them out of business. In the most recent deal, Stop & [...]