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Shoppers line up for newly opened stores at long-awaited American Dream mall

Three hundred people lined up outside the newly-opened Primark at American Dream. On a Thursday. In the midst of a pandemic.

Other retailers, like Hot Topic and Pac Sun, also had customers cued and waiting to to get in to shop for sweatshirts, jeans and other items.

The coronavirus pandemic may have delayed American Dream’s phased opening, but visitors were ready when the 3.3. million square foot complex in East Rutherford finally did open — three months after indoor malls were allowed to reopen and one month after indoor amusements were given permission resume.

American Dream representatives have said they wanted to make the destination as safe as possible before inviting people back.

“The number one thing we wanted to do was to create the safest place outside of your home,” said Mark Ghermezian, Co-Chief Executive Officer of American Dream.

He, like hundreds of other people, wandered American Dream, wearing

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  • October 2, 2020
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Krispy Kreme has freebies on Tuesday. What about other stores on National Coffee Day?

Free stuff can’t fix 2020, but perhaps it can brighten your Tuesday.

National Coffee Day is Tuesday, Sept. 29, and to celebrate, Krispy Kreme is giving away free coffee and doughnuts to members of its rewards program, the company said in a news release.

If you’re a rewards member, just head to your nearest Krispy Kreme shop for a free brewed coffee and free doughnut of your choice.

Not a rewards member? Not a problem! You can sign up online or in the Krispy Kreme app.

“We have amazing doughnuts and great coffee. And since our Rewards members deserve the best, we’re giving them away for free on National Coffee Day,” said Dave Skena, chief marketing officer, said in the release.

You can find your nearest Krispy Kreme here.

Other chains are also offering sweet deals to mark the occasion.

Dunkin’

Make any purchase at a Dunkin’ restaurant Tuesday, and

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  • September 28, 2020
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31 Best Online Furniture Stores to Bookmark Now

Sitting at home wondering where to buy furniture online? There are tons of online furniture stores that make getting the perfect new ottoman or couch a breeze, if you can handle a few thrilling hours of scrolling and searching (one of our most treasured pastimes!). On these sites, you’ll find gorgeous furniture and home decor in a wide variety of styles, plus fast (and often free!) shipping. Some of these retailers you’d expect to see (Target, IKEA, Crate & Barrel, etc.), but others (like Home Depot and Etsy) might come as a surprise. Discover the 31 best online furniture stores now and happy shopping.

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Every time Anthro comes out with a new collection, it’s guaranteed we want something (if not everything) from it. Anthropologie’s lineup of personality-packed designs are made to stand out, a.k.a. they’re Insta- and splurge-worthy. It’s also quick

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  • September 11, 2020
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The Best Stores To Buy Southwestern-Style Furniture And Decor Online

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Chic desert-style living room decor might mix textured throw pillows with a stone coffee table, while modern Southwest bedroom decorating ideas might include Southwestern-inspired rugs, warm linen bedding and desert art prints. (Photo: FollowTheFlow via Getty Images)

From Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico to Joshua Tree and Palm Springs in California, you might be dreaming of an escape to just about anywhere after spending most of your time at home these last few months. 

Airline travel might not be in your cards in the immediate future, but a home furniture and decor refresh might be just what you need to make your space feel like a relaxing escape, especially now that many of our homes have become a place for work, play and rest. 

Modern Southwestern-inspired furniture and decor

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  • September 11, 2020
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She was once told retail is dead. Her seventh and eighth Webster clothing stores just opened

The recently opened Webster at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles stands out because of its pink concrete architecture and list of buzzworthy brands. <span class="copyright">(Laurian Ghinitoiu / The Webster LA)</span>
The recently opened Webster at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles stands out because of its pink concrete architecture and list of buzzworthy brands. (Laurian Ghinitoiu / The Webster LA)

The retail landscape has been marred by the closures of well-known fashion stores as well as a high unemployment rate and the COVID-19 pandemic. Yet there are still bright spots when it comes to in-store shopping — such as L.A.’s the Webster, which has emerged as a sanctuary for style.

Magüis Sosa, a 32-year-old manager of online influencers, is one design-savvy fan who found refuge in the 11,000-square-foot store, anchoring a prime corner of the Beverly Center at Beverly and San Vicente boulevards in Los Angeles. The Webster opened at the start of the year before the pandemic hit California and has had to close twice because of COVID-19 safety restrictions and the unrest that swept L.A. this spring.

About

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  • September 3, 2020
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How This Luxury Sneaker Consignment Business Is Opening New Stores to Pandemic Proof Its Business

Opening one new store in an economic tail spin is no mean feat. But Presentedby is opening three — and counting.

The premium sneaker consignment store launched its first new location in Paris’ luxury Le Bon Marché department store today. The second, in Mexico City, will follow next month and the third at Level Shoes in the Dubai Mall is set for October.

This morning, FN got exclusive early access to the new Art Deco-style Paris space before it opened to admit the queue of sneakerheads quickly forming outside.

The biggest ticket items here are Dior’s sellout Jordan collaboration, according to Riz Ahmed, co-founder of parent company Crep Protect. Following their release in late June, a limited run of 13,000 pairs at around $2,000 a pop, the resale price is approximately $10,000. (According to Ahmed, prices climb to $25,000 for smaller and larger sizes.)

Elsewhere, the Sean Wotherspoon Nike Air

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  • August 28, 2020
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A Bruket and Horace Open Stores in Paris’ Marais District

PARIS — With the L:A Bruket and Horace boutiques’ recent openings, the Rue Vieille du Temple — in Paris’ bustling Marais neighborhood — is morphing into an ever larger magnet for beauty shoppers.

The Swedish organic cosmetics brand and French natural direct-to-consumer men’s grooming brand’s doors are a few steps from one other on the Right Bank street that is already home to the likes of Aesop and Rituals.

“It’s one of the most singular streets in Paris,” said Stanislas Le Bert, deputy general manager of L:A Bruket. Rue Vieille du Temple is not only imbued with centuries of history, but also draws a large French and international (when permitted) footfall.

While neither L:A Bruket nor Horace executives would discuss sales projections, industry sources estimate each boutique will generate well upward of 600,000 euros in its first 12 months, barring any unforeseen negative coronavirus-related developments.

Here, a look at the

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  • August 21, 2020
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How eBay and Etsy Became the Menswear World’s Most Important Stores

The best-dressed men appreciate clothes with character and a good story. And in the wee hours of the morning, many of them can be found doing the same thing: scouring eBay and Etsy. Sometimes it’s with a purpose, and sometimes not—that’s part of the fun. The boxes that mysteriously surface days or weeks later, depending on how far-flung the search terms went (often to Japan), arrive with a sweet sense of victory that new clothes rarely have. That safari jacket from the 1970s looks better than what you’ve seen lately because, in many ways, it is. These guys know that. They also know how to track these pieces down and make them look modern, which is the art of wearing anything vintage well.

Boxes with handwritten labels from Kansas to England show up at my house regularly, filled with what seems like the entire archive from Ralph Lauren’s Polo Country:

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  • August 20, 2020
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Hollywood & Highland is getting a big makeover that includes turning stores into offices

Hollywood & Highland, the splashy shopping center around the theater where the Academy Awards are held, will get a $100-million makeover intended to transform the well-known Hollywood Boulevard tourist attraction into a place locals want to visit, too.

Key to the center’s renovation will be turning as much as half of its space into offices for rent, a reflection of the challenging climate for retail stores and the emergence of Hollywood as one of the city’s top office markets, where Netflix, Viacom and other media giants have expanded in recent years.

The imposing structure next to the historic TCL Chinese Theatre stands at the heart of the Los Angeles tourism industry. Before the pandemic hit, more than 25 million visitors a year stopped by to gape at the theater’s footprints of movie stars and stroll the Walk of Fame celebrating generations of show biz luminaries. Celebrity impersonators and tour bus

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Bed Bath & Beyond closing stores, cruises prepare to sail

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Thursday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.

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— Bed Bath & Beyond plans to close about 200 stores over the next two years as its sales slid in the first quarter. The chain reported its quarterly sales dropped 49% due to temporary store closures amid the pandemic. Online sales soared 82%.

— The Buckle is seeing improving sales as more of its stores reopen. The fashion retailer said Thursday that sales for the five-week period ended July 4 rose 26.8% from a year ago. Buckle began temporarily closing stores in mid-March. Since then, it’s reopened 438 stores. It currently runs 446 retail stores in 42 states.

— Big 5 Sporting Goods is also seeing a resurgence in its business

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