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Timberland and FranklinCovey stores close in MacArthur Center

NORFOLK
The FranklinCovey and Timberland stores in MacArthur Center, which both arrived when the downtown mall opened about seven years ago and have no other locations in Hampton Roads locations, closed this month.

Dell kiosk at Lynnhaven Mall lets customers ''kick the tires''

By carolyn shapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH - Jack Humphries has thought about buying a new laptop computer, possibly a Dell. A week ago, he would have had to order the system from Dell Inc. over the phone or online - sight unseen. But since Saturday, when Dell opened its first local Direct Store at Lynnhaven Mall, Humphries has had the chance to tap on the keyboard, size up the screen and feel the weight of the notebook he is considering."I like to kick the tires and drive around the block before I buy it," said Humphries, . . .

Kiosks become a mainstay in the mall landscape

By MICHELLE E. SHAWThe Virginian-Pilot
For some, it is the beginning of an adventure. For others, it is the end of the line. No matter which way you look at it, the $10 billion industry of kiosks is making its presence known in malls across the country and in Hampton Roads.From established enterprises to start-up businesses, entrepreneurs are embracing the once-transient world of kiosks. Kiosks, the generic name for the retail units often placed in corridors and common areas of malls, offer anything from real estate to knickknacks.“This . . .

One retailer leaves MacArthur Center; 2nd to follow

By carolyn shapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK - MacArthur Center is losing two retailers that have no other locations in Hampton Roads . White House/Black Market, a women's apparel shop that specializes in black and white merchandise, closed Feb. 25. April Cornell, which sells home furnishings and women's and children's clothing, is in the midst of a storewide sale and is expected to close. Its parent company filed for bankruptcy earlier this year.White House/Black Market, owned by Chico's FAS Inc., closed when its lease in the mall . . .

Demolition clears way for Wal-Mart Supercenter in Norfolk

The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK - Demolition began Friday on an old Maaco garage in order to make way for a new Wal-Mart Supercenter planned for the intersection of Tidewater Drive and Little Creek Road.The Wal-Mart will be across Tidewater Drive from Southern Shopping Center. City officials believe the $40 million project will jump-start the revitalization of Wards Corner and Little Creek Road commercial areas.

ODU bookstore may move off campus, expand for non-students

By carolyn shapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Old Dominion University has solicited plans from retailers to move its bookstore off campus and expand the selection to attract more shoppers from the surrounding community. The university’s bookstore, now on campus at Webb Center, is managed by Barnes & Noble College Booksellers Inc. under a contract that expires June 30. The university has requested and received proposals for the next five-year agreement, emphasizing its preference for an off-campus site.ODU asked prospective bidders . . .

Fashion show in Virginia Beach a retailer's bargain

By MICHELLE E. SHAWThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH — Two days at the beach worked wonders for Pam Baldwin and her Lynchburg clothing store. It wasn’t that she got a great tan in February. T he Old Dominion Fashion Exhibitors trade show in Virginia Beach saved Baldwin the time and money she would have spent traveling to Atlanta to find the classic women’s outfits she sells.Store and boutique owners looking for apparel, shoes and accessories came from as far as Delaware to the trade show, which took place Wednesday and Thursday . . .

Will Hampton Roads get a bite of Apple?

By carolyn shapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Deep in the job opportunities area of the Apple Computer Inc. Web site lurks a little tidbit that would make local Mac lovers cheer.A search of jobs at Apple retail stores by state lists “Norfolk-McArthur-VA” among six locations named in Virginia. If the listing means a new store is coming to MacArthur Center in downtown Norfolk, it would be the first Apple retail outlet in Hampton Roads.Yet before any Apple addicts get too excited, they should know that neither the company’s nor the . . .

Online advertisers dangle ''free'' to reel in customers

By Carolyn ShapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
Most of us have heard the adages “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” and “You can’t get something for nothing.” The Internet would have us believe otherwise. “Congratulations. You’ve won four free movie tickets!”“Free Sony Vaio A130 Notebook.”“Get a $500 Target gift card with free shipping and no commitments.”The validity of these giveaways depends on the definition of “free.” In most cases, the gift cards, iPods, designer handbags and other free stuff come with strings attached.The offers . . .

Sure, it's a sales pitch. But do you get the freebie?

By Carolyn ShapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
The e-mail promised a free $100 Sephora gift card, and I wanted to see if it really was free. My goal was to make little or no financial commitment and still get the free goods from the trendy cosmetics store. That wasn’t easy.The pitch from Exclusive Gift Cards started with a simple request for my e-mail address and led to a whirlwind of marketing pitches. At first, I could click “no” and bypass most offers.Then I came to the page that directed me to complete any one offer to get my free gift. . . .

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