Dollar General plans gift card giveaway to mark opening of Riviera Beach store

To mark the opening of its new Riviera Beach location, Dollar General plans to give away gift cards and other items as part of a celebration set for Saturday.

The first 50 people in line when the doors open at 8 a.m. Saturday will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card, the company said. The first 200 people will get a free Dollar General tote bag with complimentary product samples.

The store is located at 3701 Broadway in Riviera Beach.

“Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.  “We hope our area customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”


Walmart to give discounts to shoppers who pick up online orders in stores

Walmart announced today that it plans to give a “pickup discount” to shoppers who order items online and then pick them up at their local store.

FILE – In this May 9, 2013, file photo, a worker pushes shopping carts in front of a Wal-Mart store in La Habra, Calif. Wal-Mart will now let you pay with your phone at all 4,600 stores nationwide. With Walmart Pay, the cashier scans a QR code on the phone screen to complete the payment. The effort is part of Wal-Mart’s overall strategy to making shopping easier and faster. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

The discounts start on April 19 and will initially be available on about 10,000 items, the retailer said.

“We will then roll out the discount to more than one million of the most popular items by the end of June,” Walmart said on its website.

According to the announcement posted on Walmart’s website, “Customers shop an item notated with “Pickup Discount” on and ship to their local store for pick up. These shoppers will then receive a discount based on each individual item.”

Here are some examples:

Britax B-SAFE 35 Infant Car Seat, Slate Strie – $148.05 will have an additional Pickup Discount of $7.40 ($140.65 new price)

LEGO City Great Vehicles Ferry, 60119 – $23.99 will have an additional Pickup Discount of $2.55 ($21.44 new price)
Coleman 150 qt Heritage XP Marine Cooler – $111.49 will have an additional Pickup Discount of $4.46 ($107.03 new price)

VIZIO SmartCast M-Series 70″ Class 4K Ultra HDTV (M70-D3) – $1,698 will have an additional Pickup Discount of $50 ($1,648 new price)

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)

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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.”

St. Patrick’s Day spending expected to hit record level

American shoppers will spend a record-breaking $5.3 billion on St. Patrick’s Day supplies and items this year, up 20 percent over 2016’s level, according to the National Retail Federation.

More than 139 million Americans plan to celebrate the Irish holiday, spending an average of $37.92 per person, up from last year’s $35.37, the federation said.

Parade participants toss beads to the thousands packed along Atlantic Avenue for the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade on Saturday, March 15, 2014. (Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post)

“Now that winter is almost behind us and with St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Friday, we will see more Americans getting together to celebrate with friends and family,” National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Retailers should expect a nice boost in sales as consumers purchase apparel, decorations, food and beverages to help make their celebrations special.”

The holiday is most popular among individuals between the ages of 18 and 24, but those between 25 and 34 years old will be the biggest spenders at an average $46.55.

Although St. Patrick’s Day isn’t a major holiday, the Florida Retail Federation said it expected the state’s retailers to see a jump in sales this year.

“We continue to see spending on holidays and celebrations reaching or exceeding record highs, which reinforces the strength of our economy and the confidence that consumers feel,” said Scott Shalley, President & CEO of the Florida Retail Federation. “Even though St. Patrick’s Day isn’t one of the bigger spending holidays, we still expect Florida retailers to see a nice bump in sales, particularly those who offer additional discounts and sales to attract customers.”

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.

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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.



Wawa sets opening date for first Palm Beach County locations

Wawa, a family-owned chain of convenience stores known for its hot coffee and tasty sandwiches, has announced which locations it will open in a triple-header grand opening celebration set for this month.

The company said it will open three stores on Thursday, March 23.  They include two locations in Palm Springs and one in Riviera Beach. Here is the ribbon cutting schedule:

Palm Beach County Commissioner Steve Abrams and Mayor Shelley Vana with a Wawa mascot.

9 a.m.

3950 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

12:30 p.m.

1771 South Congress Avenue in Palm Springs

3 p.m.

7289 Garden Road, Riviera Beach

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Wawa announced in 2015 that it planned to open dozens of stores in Palm Beach and Broward counties.

Wawa opened its first Florida location outside of SeaWorld in Orlando in 2012.


Hhgregg to close 88 stores, including all its Palm Beach County locations

Hhgregg announced today it plans to close 88 stores across the country, including all three of its Palm Beach County locations, as part of a “turnaround effort” it said was designed to return the company to profitability.

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The company has three Palm Beach County locations — in Wellington, West Palm Beach and Boca Raton.

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All three of those stores are slated to close as part of the restructuring effort, according to an announcement posted on the retailer’s website.

Hhgregg’s only Treasure Coast location is also slated for closure.

In its announcement, hhgregg said the affected stores are expected to close in mid-April. Current inventory in those stores will be sold over the coming weeks.

Hhgregg also plans to close three of its distribution facilities, including one in Miami.

“We are strategically exiting markets and stores that are not financially profitable for us,” said Robert J. Riesbeck, hhgregg’s President and CEO. “This is a proactive decision to streamline our store footprint in the markets where we have been, and will continue to be, important to our customers, vendor partners and communities. We feel strongly that the markets we will remain in are the right ones for our customers and our business model. Our team is dedicated to moving forward and being a profitable 132 store, multi-regional chain where we will continue to be a dominant force in appliances, electronics and home furnishings.”

Bloomberg reported last week  that the electronics and appliance retailer is preparing to file for bankruptcy.

In all, the company plans to close 15 stores in Florida.

The closings will result in the elimination of approximately 1,500 positions, the company said.


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.

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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.


What to buy, skip in March

The deal hunters at 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.