CHAMPAIGN — Sears, which plans to close its store at Market Place Mall in January, is looking for an entrepreneur to own and operate a Sears Hometown Store in Champaign.
Sears Hometown Stores are typically between 8,000 and 10,000 square feet and offer appliances, tools, mattresses, fitness equipment and lawn-and-garden equipment, a release from the company said.
RANTOUL — The village board and members of the newly formed economic development advisory board heard a presentation from a Fort Worth, Texas, firm that matches retail businesses with communities.
John Rice, director of sales for Buxton Co., explained during this week's village board study session how his company matches restaurants, department stores and other companies that are
NEW YORK (AP) — Retailers got Americans into stores during the start to the holiday shopping season. Now, they'll need to figure out how to get them to actually shop.
CHAMPAIGN — A local greeting-card company has managed to loosen consumers' purse strings by pulling on their heartstrings.
Cardthartic, which has its fulfillment and sales support center in Champaign, has seen sales grow 7 to 8 percent this year, founder Jodee Stevens said.
Cassel Home Comfort Heating and Cooling has announced it will open a Champaign location next year in the building at 2100 S. Neil St. now occupied by Herriott's Rents Tents Events.
Millions of Americans turned out as the holiday buying season started earlier this year on Thanksgiving Day. But there's still a lot of shopping left.
The holiday shopping season kicked off much earlier this year, as several retailers opened their stores on Thanksgiving Day. Many shoppers didn't like that, but went out anyway. The sales continued through Friday.
Attention, bargain hunters: The season's most anticipated shopping day kicked off early this morning. The schedule for Black Friday and beyond:
Market Place Mall, Champaign
— Today: Staggered openings from midnight to 10 a.m.; mall closes at 9 p.m.
— Saturday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
— Sunday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Village Mall, Danville
DANVILLE — With the spurt of retail development in Danville, residents have more reason than ever to follow the local slogan "Think Vermilion County First" when grabbing Black Friday bargains today.
NEW YORK (AP) — This holiday shopping season, it's Amazon vs. everyone else.
The online giant has attracted customers from big store chains like Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping. Now, stores are fighting to get customers back during the busiest shopping period of the year.