Tuscola Outlet Mall still delivering revenue in tough times

TUSCOLA — Shortly after the Tuscola Outlet Mall opened in 1994, 54 stores were doing business there.

At last count, there are 30 stores remaining, with several storefronts empty during the busiest shopping season of the year.

A year after a Long Island-based real estate company bought the mall, Tuscola City Administrator Drew Hoel said not a lot has changed.

Walgreens expands prescription delivery program nationwide

Walgreens is joining rival drugstore chain CVS Health in expanding home deliveries for prescriptions nationwide, as stores continue adjusting to a retail world made more consumer-friendly by online competition.

Regulatory hurdles, safety issues keeping drone delivery grounded

Jeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people's doorsteps by now.

Amazon customers are still waiting. And it's unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company's founder and CEO will arrive.

Former clerk Hulten takes job with Illinois Manufacturers Association

URBANA — Former Champaign County Clerk Gordy Hulten's new job is a newly created position at the Illinois Manufacturers Association.

The group said Monday that Hulten will be its vice president of external affairs, with duties that include overseeing communications and advocacy efforts.

3 drive-thru drop-offs scheduled for Salvation Army toy drive

URBANA — There will be three drive-thru opportunities to donate to the Carle and WDWS/WHMS/WKIO radio toy drive for the Salvation Army of Champaign County.

The drive-thru dates and times include:

— 7-11 a.m. Dec. 12, Carle at The Fields, Curtis Road and Interstate 57, Champaign.

— 4-6 p.m. Dec. 13, at Carle Urbana on Windsor, 1818 E. Windsor Road.

The Law Q&A | Can store be liable for injury in parking lot?

Now that Christmas season is upon us, it's time to get away from your computer after Cyber Monday shopping so that you can go out and injure yourself in the parking lot at the mall while you are holiday shopping.

Payless pranks VIPs, sells discount shoes at luxury prices

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Payless taught fashion influencers a lesson about shoes by opening a fake store that sold Main Street shoes at Madison Avenue prices.

Payless ShoeSource held a launch party in Los Angeles for the bogus label Palessi and invited the fashionistas to sample the merchandise. Payless posted a video of what happened on Facebook.

Consumer spending up strong 0.6% in October

WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers boosted their spending in October at the fastest pace in seven months, while their incomes rose by the largest amount in nine months — both good signs for future economic growth.

China's growth slows, as does tourist spending at Tiffany

NEW YORK (AP) — There was something missing at the luxury jeweler Tiffany & Co. in recent months: Chinese tourists.

Renderings hint at Target being part of Hub on Campus high-rise

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CHAMPAIGN — A Target could be coming to the new high-rise being built on the southeast corner of Sixth and Green streets, though the project’s developer couldn’t confirm it.