This national retailer is closing 17 stores across Florida; 400 nationwide

Payless ShoeSource, a family footwear retailer with stores across the country, plans to close nearly 400 locations, including 17 across Florida, the company announced this week.

The chain, based in Topeka, Kansas, announced Tuesday that it filed for bankruptcy as part of a restructuring effort.

A soon-to-be closed Payless ShoeSource store in New York on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Payless plans to shutter between 400 and 500 stores and is filing for bankruptcy. (Richard B. Levine/Newscom/Zuma Press/TNS)

DEAL ALERT: These stores are closing in Palm Beach County

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.”

 

Juno Beach landmark looking for a new owner

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.”

Dr. Oz, Amy Robach to headline free PBC wellness festival

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.

Dr. Oz

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.

 

These stores are set to open at the Mall at Wellington Green

Three new stores — Francesca’s, Apricot Lane and Windsor Fashions — are coming to The Mall at Wellington Green, officials announced Tuesday.

Francesca’s, a women’s accessories and clothing boutique, has opened in the mall’s upper level near Paragon Theaters.

The two other stores are set to open in late spring, the mall said.

Apricot Lane, also a boutique store, features contemporary fashion for shoppers from teens to adults. It will be located on the upper level next to Chico’s.

Windsor Fashions offers timeless designs for young women. Windsor will be located on the upper level near Paragon Theaters.

RadioShack files for bankruptcy again; plans to close 200 stores

RadioShack announced this week that it has filed for bankruptcy again and plans to close 200 of its 1,500 stores across the country.

The company, which emerged from bankruptcy nearly two years ago, said it is “evaluating options on the remaining 1,300” stores.

DEAL ALERT: These stores are closing in Palm Beach County

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.”

RadioShack is the latest in a series of retailers to announce store closings amid a surge in online buying.

Hhgregg, JCPenney, Macy’s and Family Christian, BCBG Maxazria, and American Apparel have all announced closures in recent weeks.

 

 

New Cricket Wireless opens its first store in Royal Palm Beach

Cricket Wireless has opened its first retail store in Royal Palm Beach, the company announced Thursday.

The store is in the Village Royale Shopping Plaza at 1199 Royal Palm Beach Boulevard. It is owned and operated by Y&S Immokalee.

RELATED: Cricket Wireless is expanding in Palm Beach County

“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 retailer Five Below to open in Royal Palm Beach

Discount retailer Five Below,a teen fashion retailer in which everything costs $5 or less, plans to open its second Palm Beach County location in Royal Palm Beach. fivebelow1

The Philadelphia-based company, which offers a variety of name-brand items geared at teens and tweens, will open its first Palm Beach County store on Friday in Palm Beach Gardens.

DEAL ALERT: These stores are closing in Palm Beach County; offering discounts

The two Palm Beach County locations are among 100 the rapidly expanding retailer plans to open this year.five-below-2

A grand opening party for Five Below’s Palm Beach Gardens store is set for 10 a.m. Friday, according to the company’s website.

It is in Northlake Commons shopping center (3926 Northlake Boulevard), which is located south of Northlake Boulevard just east of Interstate 95 in Palm Beach Gardens.

The company has not released the opening date or location for the Royal Palm Beach store.

 

This discount teen retailer is opening its first PBC store

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.  fivebelow1

DEAL ALERT: These stores are closing in Palm Beach County; offering discounts

A grand opening party is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, according to the company’s website. The store, which carries products geared at teens and tweens, is located at 3926 Northlake Boulevard.

Five Below marked the opening of its 500th store in September. The company also has stores in Martin and Broward counties.

 

What to buy, skip in March

The deal hunters at FatWallet.com have put together a list of the best items to buy this March, including winter clothes, active wear and spring break travel.

Caption:CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 14: A shopper carries a purchase from Macy's along the Magnificent Mile shopping district on August 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Macys reported lower than-expected second quarter sales today and cut their profit outlook for the year. Some analysts fear the disappointed news will reverberate throughout the retail sector because Macy's is looked at as a barometer of spending among middle- to upper-income shoppers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Caption:CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 14: A shopper carries a purchase from Macy’s along the Magnificent Mile shopping district on August 14, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. Macys reported lower than-expected second quarter sales today and cut their profit outlook for the year. Some analysts fear the disappointed news will reverberate throughout the retail sector because Macy’s is looked at as a barometer of spending among middle- to upper-income shoppers. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

March is also a great time of year to look for deals on smartphones and outdoor sporting gear, the website says.

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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.

Deal Alert: This store is closing in PB Outlets

Stride Rite, a national children’s shoe retailer, is closing its doors at the Palm Beach Outlets and most items are 50 percent off.

Crowds take advantage of the nice weather for after Christmas shopping at the Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach on December 26, 2016. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
Crowds take advantage of the nice weather for after Christmas shopping at the Palm Beach Outlets in West Palm Beach on December 26, 2016. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)

According to an email set to customers, the store will be closing on March 26. All sales are final.

RELATED: This national chain to open in PB Outlets

“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.