Payless does not plan to close any of its Palm Beach County locations.
“This is a difficult, but necessary, decision driven by the continued challenges of the retail environment, which will only intensify,” said Paul Jones, Payless Chief Executive Officer. “We will build a stronger Payless for our customers, vendors and suppliers, associates, business partners and other stakeholders through this process. While we have had to make many tough choices, we appreciate the substantial support we have received from our lenders, who share our belief that we have a unique opportunity to enable Payless — the iconic American footwear retailer with one of the best-recognized global brands — to remain the go-to shoe store for customers in America and around the globe.”
The Juno Surf Shop, a 52-year-old fixture in the Palm Beach County’s north end, is looking for a new owner.
Tom Butterworth opened the store after graduating high school, when he was just 17-years-old.
Now 70, Butterworth says he’d like to retire.
“I have stuck with it all of these years,” Butterworth said. “A lot of people have retired long before me. It is my turn.”
The surf shop first opened near the corner of PGA Boulevard and U.S. 1. Over the year’s its been moved to six different locations – including its current spot near the corner of Donald Ross Road and U.S. 1.
Butterworth has put a sign up at the store saying he’s looking for a buyer. But it will have to be the right person, he said.
“I don’t want anybody coming in and putting in an ice cream shop,” he said. “I would like to see Juno Surf Shop continue. It has been a staple here.”
Television talk-show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and Good Morning America news anchor Amy Robach will be at The Gardens Mall next month as part of an annual health and safety festival.
The free “WPBF Health & Safety Festival” will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 1.
According to a news release, Dr. Oz “will help attendees empower and transform their lives with his entertaining new presentation focused on the top health issues affecting South Floridians today. Topics will include the Zika virus, medical marijuana, opioid addiction, organ donation, aging well, and saving lives with CPR.”
Complimentary blood pressure screenings will be available throughout the day. Free heart rate monitors will be randomly awarded at the end of the event, according to the news release.
Founded in 1921, RadioShack is owned today by General Wireless Operations Inc., which acquired the storied brand in April 2015.
RadioShack has 6 locations in Palm Beach County.
“For nearly 100 years, RadioShack has proudly served local communities across the United States, offering consumers unique, high-quality products at a great value,” said Dene Rogers, RadioShack’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Over the course of the past two years, our talented, dedicated team has worked relentlessly in an effort to revitalize the Company and the RadioShack brand, while providing outstanding service to our customers.”
Rogers pointed to sluggish sales in Wednesday’s bankruptcy announcement.
“For a number of reasons, most notably the surprisingly poor performance of mobility sales, especially over recent months, we have concluded that the Chapter 11 process represents the best path forward for the Company,” he said. “We will continue to work with our advisors and stakeholders to preserve as many jobs as possible while maximizing value for our creditors.”
“At Cricket, our goal is to give customers something to smile about,” said Leon Duarte, market director for Cricket Wireless. “Our no-annual-contract wireless service and straightforward pricing are giving customers more value and continuing to redefine the customer experience.”
With the opening of the new Royal Palm Beach store, there are now 4 Cricket stores in western Palm Beach County, the company said.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday.
Discount teen retailer Five Below is set to open its first store in Palm Beach County this week.
The Philadelphia-based company, which offers a variety of items all priced at $5 or less, will open its doors at the Northlake Commons shopping center, which is located south of Northlake Boulevard just east of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens.
Here’s FatWallet’s complete list of what to buy, skip next month:
Smartphone Deals: Aside from new iPhones, the Mobile World Congress (which is happening now) marks the start of pre-orders for all new mobile devices for 2017. This creates a fire sale of last year’s Android models as cell phone brands, and carriers, market big discounts to a captive March Madness audience. Consumers can save hundreds on last year’s smartphones, tablets and wearables this month.
Winter and Spring Clothing Clearance: As a result of the unseasonable warm winter, expect to see early winter clearance sales from stores like REI, Patagonia, Columbia and Land’s End. Shoppers can find wide-spread sales on quality thermals, pullovers, coats, boots and high performance outdoor apparel. The staff at FatWallet notes many of these huge sales will last throughout March, but popular styles and sizes sell out very quickly.
Spring Activewear and Shoes – Early spring shoppers can expect to find savings of 20-40 percent off top name-brand activewear tops, shorts, sweats and up to 50 percent off select athletic shoes. Some stores will offer clearance pricing on a variety of NCAA, NHL, NFL and MLB merchandise.
Outdoor Sporting Gear and Tech: Winter sports items will be on clearance this month, as will last year’s bicycles and cycling accessories. The majority of sporting goods retailers will feature discounts ranging from 10-30 percent off new gear and accessories for running, hiking, fishing, cycling and camping, as well as youth and adult sports gear and apparel for soccer, baseball, golf and tennis. Those looking for wearable devices to track fitness will find 20-30 percent discounts on last year’s Fitbits and smartwatches, and up to 50 percent off blue-tooth speakers, headphones and earbuds.
Spring Travel Deals: Shoppers can also find deals on last minute Spring Break packages and March Madness hotel packages. Proactive summer vacation bookers looking to cash in on first-come options on location, seating and availability will find great deals pre-Easter. March is also a great time to find Luggage deals as retailers offer some of the best savings of the year on rollers and luggage sets, rivaling Black Friday prices of half-off or better.
“Have you heard the not‑so‑good news?” the email says. “Your local Palm Beach Outlets Stride Rite store will be closing 3/26/2017, but the good news is that the entire store is 50% off. Shop now for the best selection.”
The Stride Rite store in the outlets is the company’s only location in Palm Beach County, according to its website. There is one other South Florida store — in Miami Dade County.