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16 major retail chains closing stores across America

elections have consequencesDaniel Jennings writes for Wealthy Debates, April 4, 2014, that despite all the talk from the Obama administration and the MSM about a “recovering” economy, a retail tsunami shows the U.S. economy to be in trouble.

Recent news stories show that American retail is in dire straits. Here are 16 big retail companies that have closed or will close stores soon:

  1. Office supply company Staples has announced plans to close 225 stores by 2015, which is about 15% of its chain. Staples already closed 40 stores last year.
  2. Office Depot, Staples’ main competitor which bought Office Max last year, isn’t in good shape either. Industry analysts expect Office Depot to announce its own round of store closings soon.
  3. Radio Shack has announced plans to close 20% of its stores or as many as 1,100 stores this year. The company, which operates around 4,000 stores, reported that its sales fell by 19% last year.
  4. Albertsons supermarket closed 26 stores in January and February this yearAnalysts expect many more Albertsons to be closed down because Albertsons’ owner hedge fund Cerberus Capital Management just bought Safeway Inc. Some Safeway stores could soon shut down as well.
  5. Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch is planning to close 220 stores by the end of 2015. The company is also planning to shut down the Gilly Hicks chain, which has 20 stores.
  6. Barnes & Nobles is planning to shut down one third of its stores or about 218 stores in the next year. The chain has already closed its iconic flagship store in New York City.
  7. J.C. Penney is closing about 33 stores and laying off about 2,000 employees.
  8. Toys R Us has plans to close 100 stores.
  9. The Sweetbay Supermarket chain will close all 17 of the stores it operates in the Tampa Bay area. Many of the stores might open as Winn-Dixie Stores. Sweetbay closed 33 stores in Florida last year.
  10. The entire Loehmann’s chain of discount clothing stores in the New York City area shut down. Loehmann’s once operated 39 stores and was considered an institution by generations of New Yorkers.
  11. Sears Holdings, which owns both Sears and Kmart, is expected to close another 500 stores this year. Sears has already shut down its flagship store in Chicago.
  12. Quiznos has filed for bankruptcy and could close many of its 2,100 stores.
  13. Sbarro, which operates pizza and Italian restaurants in malls, is planning to close 155 locations (or 20% of its restaurants) in North America (U.S. and Canada). The chain operates around 800 outlets.
  14. Ruby Tuesday announced plans to close 30 restaurants in January after its sales fell by 7.8%. The chain currently operates around 775 steakhouses across the US.
  15. An unknown number of Red Lobster stores will be sold. The chain is in such bad shape that the parent company, Darden Restaurants Inc., had to issue a press release stating that the chain would not close. Instead Darden is planning to spin Red Lobster off into another company and sell some of its stores.
  16. Ralph’s, a subsidiary of Kroger, has announced plans to close 15 supermarkets in Southern California within 60 days.
  17. Safeway closed 72 Dominick’s grocery stores in the Chicago area last year.

All those store closures mean more Americans will be unemployed, which translates into less tax revenue and more dependency on government welfare.

H/t FOTM’s swampygirl

~Eowyn

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Sears ‘family’ store goes the bestiality route

Fri, 13 Jul 2012 04:03:28 +0000

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I am at a loss for words….

God, help us!

H/t FOTM’s moxielouise.

~Eowyn

From “Sears Now Add Bestiality to its Website,” WND, July 12, 2012:

In the past, Sears in its online store has offered a wide range of nudity, from pornographic videos such as “Curse of the Pink Panties 2″ and “Hot & Exotic” to “art posters” such as one that revealed four couples with arms and legs intertwined who appear to be wearing nothing but each other and some foamy waves.

Now the store that once served as an American icon for families has kicked its offerings up a notch, featuring bestiality in its latest round of promotions.

The situation has been documented by officials with the American Family Association. (Be aware that the link contains proof of Sears’ offerings with explicit images).

“Last year, Sears promised to stop selling these type products,” AFA said in its alert to constituents about the problem today. “In our subsequent monitoring of sears.com, AFA found that Sears resumed selling sexually explicit products.”

In a statement by the AFA, officials said, “Along with explicit nudity, Sears now adds bestiality to its website.”

The statement continues, “After our last Action Alert in May, Sears assured AFA it was updating filtering equipment and enforcing strict guidelines to prevent sexually explicit products being available on their websites.

“AFA took Sears spokesman at their word and … we shouldn’t have. Sears made the same promise in 2010. They broke their word then too.

“Less than two months after Sears’ latest promise on May 2012, the pornography has returned,” the organization said.

Explained AFA, “But that’s not the worst of it. Sears also sells books on bestiality and zoophilia. Titled ‘Dearest Pet, On Bestiality’ and “Bestiality and Zoophilia: Sexual Relations with Animals,’ these books are ‘how to’ manuals for people who want to have sex with animals.

The warning continued, “I don’t want to be too graphic, but they contain descriptions, drawings and sketches beyond belief.”

The family organization said technology allows Sears to “remove and stop selling these products within minutes, if company executives want to. … Unless Sears hears from you, the company will continue to sell hardcore pornography…”

The web page lists a telephone number for Sears Chairman Edward Lampert and asks supporters to call. There also are options for sending an email or calling local store managers.

To read the rest of the WND article, click here.

For my previous post, “Your friendly neighborhood Sears is a porn store,” click here.

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Who Gets Your State Income Tax?

If you live in one of 16 states and your employer has a “special deal” with the state government, this applies to you!
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More info here
H/T  Kelleigh
~LTG

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Hope and change…

Sears to close 100 to 120 Kmart, Sears stores

Mail.com: Sears Holdings Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 Sears and Kmart stores to raise cash after a weak holiday shopping season for the retailer.
The closings fueled speculation about whether the 125-year-old retailer can turn itself around. The closings are the latest and most visible in a long series of moves to try to fix a company that has struggled with falling sales and shabby stores as rivals like Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Target Corp. spruced up their looks and turned into one-stop shopping sources.
Absolutely Pathetic (AP) goes into spin mode:  “There’s no reason to go to Sears,” said New York-based independent retail analyst Brian Sozzi, “It offers a depressing shopping experience and uncompetitive prices.” Billionaire investor Edward Lampert purchased Kmart out of bankruptcy in 2003 and bought Sears, Roebuck & Co. a year later. Since 2004 Sears Holdings — which operates both Kmart and Sears stores — has watched its cash and short-term investments go from about $2.09 billion for the year ended Jan. 31, 2004 to $1.34 billion for the year ended Jan. 31, 2011, according to FactSet. The figure now stands at about $700 million.
That company disputes talk that it is in trouble financially or will have problems surviving. Spokesman Chris Brathwaite says Sears Holdings has more than $3.5 billion of liquidity, consisting of $700 million in cash and $2.9 billion available under its credit lines.
Still, Sears Holdings said its declining sales, ongoing pressure on profit margins and rising expenses pulled its adjusted earnings lower. The company predicts fourth-quarter adjusted earnings will be less than half the $933 million it reported for the same quarter last year.
At least some experts recognize the true problem:  Some industry experts say part of the problem Sears is facing is that economic difficulties continue to grip its core customers. These middle-income shoppers have seen their wages fail to keep up with higher costs for household basics like food.
AP spins again:  But the bigger issue, analysts say, is that Sears hasn’t invested in remodeling, leaving its stores uninviting. Preschool teacher Sara Kriz concurred. Picking up conditioner at a Kmart in Manhattan on Tuesday, Kriz said she shops at Kmart “only when I have to,” which amounts to once every few months. Yet she goes to Wal-Mart or Target nearly every week because, she said, they are cleaner and better stocked.
I’ve been to all the stores mentioned in this article.  Walmart and Target are cleaner stores? Please, they all have their issues.  I’ve never been in a Sears and thought, wow, this store isn’t clean.
Can anyone blame the lackluster sales on the stores’ appearances?  Sure.  But let’s talk about the economy.  This Christmas, my friends and family, we chose not to exchange gifts (kids excluded).  We all are feeling the pinch.  Yet Americans shopped like there’s no tomorrow on Black Friday.  Though they probably charged the majority to credit cards. 
Real unemployment is at 11%, and existing home sales climbed recently yet although rebenchmarking resulted in lower adjustments to several years of home sales data, the month-to-month characterization of market conditions did not change.
And Obamacare will impose new compliance regulations, employer mandate taxes, taxes on business “flow-through” and investment income, and numerous indirect costs on small- and medium-size companies.
We have over $15 trillion in debt and Skippy wants to ask for a debt limit hike. 
How can any business be thriving under this administration’s policies?  Until this administration is done, I’m going to bet you’ll see more stores and businesses closing. 
DCG

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Evil Video Game Wants Players to Kill Conservatives

The Left are coming unhinged.
At a Labor Day event, Teamsters Union chief Jimmy Hoffa Jr. threatened fellow Americans — TEA Partiers — with “war” and called on his union minions to “take these sons of bitches out.” Hoffa said this right in the presence of the President of the United States, and Obama did and said nothing.
Now, there’s a new video game that encourages players to “mow down conservatives.”
Elizabeth Flock reports for the Washington Post, Sept. 7, 2011, that a new video game, “Tea Party Zombies Must Die,” released by advertising company StarvingEyes Advergaming, encourages players to mow down conservative commentators, political figures and tea partiers, including Sarah Palin, Bill O’Reilly, Newt Gingrich, Sean Hannity, Michele Bachmann, Mike Huckabee, Rick Santorum, Glenn Beck, and the Koch Brothers.

The video game depicts Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann as zombies. (Image from YouTube)


The graphic game puts tea partiers in Ku Klux Klan robes, places Fox commentators in what’s left of a post-apocalyptic office, and asks players to “grab your weapons and bash their rotten brains to bits!”
Jason Oda, head of StarvingEyestold MRCtv: “The game was just a personal project. I am not worried about it effecting [sic] business.”
 

Jason Oda, creator of video game "Tea Party Zombies Must Die" (photo from his Facebook page)


Personal or not, Oda’s project has already sparked quite the reaction. Howard Kurtz called the game “sickening.” MRCtv listed out the many reasons the game was “disturbing.”
The National Review has sarcastically noted that the best part about the game is that it’s not just fun, but “educational”: “Between levels we get informative tidbits about how Obamacare lowers the deficit, and how most Republicans think the president is a Muslim. There are lessons to be learned from dying in the game, too, which happens if you don’t get health insurance, and after which you are told: ‘there’s no such thing as God.’”
We’re not giving you the evil video game’s website. You can look it up yourself on the web.

They want war? Let’s give them war!

Contact StarvingEyes Advergaming to protest their release of this evil video game. Here’s the advertising company’s contact info.:

  • Address: 27 Gracie Ct., Brooklyn, New York
  • E-mail: info@starvingeyes.com
  • Jason Oda’s e-mail: jason@starvingeyes.com
  • Jason Oda’s Facebook page: https://facebook.com/starvingeyes

Tell the clients of StarvingEyes Advergaming that you’ll boycott their products. Just click on the client’s name below. The big-name clients of StarvingEyes Advergaming who are listed on StarvingEyes’ website as of 9 am, west coast, September 7, 2011, include:

This is the E-mail I sent to UPS. Feel free to use!

I’m writing you to object to UPS’s advertising company, StarvingEyes Advergaming’s release of the new video game, “Tea Party Zombies Must Die,” which encourages players to mow down conservative commentators, political figures and Tea Partiers. You should know that I am boycotting UPS until StarvingEyes withdraws the video game.

update:

This afternoon, Fellowship of the Minds received an e-mail from Ranjitsinh Mahida, who claims he’s the Litigation & Intellectual Property Counsel for A+E Networks. The latter owns the History Channel.

Mr. Mahida expresses shock and disapproval about the “Tea Party Zombies Must Die” video game. He denies that History Channel is a client of StarvingEyes and says he’s contacted the advertising company to ask that “History Channel” be removed from StarvingEyes’ website as its client. Mr. Mahida requests that FOTM also remove History Channel from this post.

So I went on StarvingEyes’ website, at around 4:45 pm, west coast time, but History Channel is still listed as a client. So I politely wrote back to Mr. Mahida, informing him that as long as History Channel remains listed as a client on StarvingEyes’ website, History Channel will remain on this post.

About 1½ hours later, I looked at StarvingEyes’ website again. The entire vertical column of Clients — including History Channel — has vanished from the site. I have, therefore, deleted History Channel from this post.

I hope History Channel is taking Jason Oda and StarvingEyes to court with a humongous lawsuit up their wazoo.

All this happened only because so many FOTM readers contacted History Channel to express their outrage. THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!

A big h/t to my best cyberbud and FOTM’s co-founder Steve.

~Eowyn

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