It is the mid-1970s and Augustans are just getting used to the expansion of the Walton Way-15th Street interchange.
OAKLAND, Calif. - Maurice Glass walked down Broadway Street, once a thriving part of this city across the bay from San Francisco and now a wasteland of boarded-up windows and empty lots that serve as evidence of the forgotten inner city. Mr. Glass, a retired Oakland resident, didn't get very far before finding something new - a Sears, Roebuck and Co. store, the first this town has seen since the retailer pulled out in 1993.
...cadence of a grange hall auctioneer, Laurie Flori jabs a finger at each house on her street, every one ordered from Sears, Roebuck and Co. "That's a Carlin," she pronounces. "That's a Whitehall. That's a Warrenton. That's a Lebanon...
CHICAGO - True Value Co. CEO Lyle Heidemann spends a lot of his time shopping these days - and that's a good thing for a chain that had lost its way in retail.
CHICAGO - Sears Holdings Corp. reported another mixed quarter of skidding sales from its stores alongside improved costs and profit margins Tuesday, encouraging investors while leaving questions about its future and direction as a retailer unanswered.
"The early bird gets the goods," read a Macy's ad in Thursday's newspaper, and with that philosophy in mind, droves of people turned out at Augusta's retail stores in Friday's predawn hours, snatching up toys, electronics and other loot within minutes of doors opening.
CHICAGO - Hi, Loser. No, not you. That's the slogan on a T-shirt sold to teenagers as part of a booming trend in "attitude" clothing that is doing exactly what it was designed to do: amuse the kids wearing them while appalling their parents and teachers.
NEW YORK - Christa Walker's new home was designed by an architect, made of environmentally friendly materials, and will arrive at the lot in just a few pieces - straight from the factory that built it.
Long the haven of dust bunnies, bleach and lost socks, the laundry room has become the new home-decorating frontier.
CHICAGO - Sears, Roebuck and Co. may be working on one last big sale before its merger with Kmart: a sale of Lands' End. According to a report Tuesday by Women's...