Retail

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Miami Township and Miamisburg are looking for public input on a redevelopment plan for the Dayton Mall, starting with a meeting Thursday night at the Miami Township Government Center from 6:30-8 p.m.

 of the Cornerstone development near I-675 in Centerville. Costco opened there in November 2014.
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Work will get underway soon on a site for the Dayton-area’s first Costco store after Oberer Realty closed a deal Monday to make Costco the anchor tenant in its Cornerstone development. The development in Centerville, just off I-675, has been around for five years, but most tenants for the site are still in negotiations and haven’t been announced.

George Oberer, Oberer Companies CEO, says even though Cornerstone is just beginning to fill up, he’s not worried about keeping the development occupied.

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A citizens’ group has gathered 1,700 signatures on a petition asking the Target store in Trotwood not to close. Target recently announced that its Trotwood and Middletown stores in the Dayton area are set to shut down May 3.

Trotwood city council member Bruce Kettelle compared the news from Target to a break-up.

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Shoppers are out in full force for Black Friday, traditionally one of the biggest shopping days of the year. And there are plenty of options when it comes to buying holiday gifts. Retail giants like Walmart and Target specialize in high volume, low priced goods that will draw shoppers in to their stores, but the holiday shopping season is one that many small, locally-owned shops depend on for survival. 

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The holiday shopping forecast for the state of Ohio is better than last year’s, according to a study by the University of Cincinnati Economics Center, but the Dayton-area forecast is the worst in the state.

This holiday season Ohio retailers are looking at a 3.5 percent increase in sales compared to 2012. That estimate, produced by the Economics Center for the Ohio retail group “Focus On Ohio’s Future,” lags behind the national forecast of 3.9 percent. And it lags behind the same estimate last year, when Ohio retailers predicted a 4.2 percent increase from 2011.

Workers march to deliver "strike papers" to Walmart officials. Nov 2013
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Workers at a Walmart store in Dayton staged a one-day strike Monday to protest what they say are violations of their rights. Some employees of the company are accusing the retail giant of retaliating against them for speaking out about wages and hours.

Labor groups and city and state legislators joined Walmart employees in a crowd of about 70 outside the York Commons Shopping Center in Dayton. 

Scott Stringer has been a Walmart employee for five years.

The day after Thanksgiving has traditionally been the start of the holiday shopping season. But this year, many retailers plan to open their doors with special sales on Thanksgiving itself. One Democratic State lawmaker says mandating employees work on that day is not right. Democrat Mike Foley explains he is introducing a bill that would require employers to pay much more to workers who work during that time.

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In recent months, three national retailers have recently announced they’re coming to the Miami Valley: Whole Foods, Costco and H&M.

Springfield's Upper Valley Mall has struggled to survive in the past decade, but a new mega shoe store may give the shopping center a much needed boost and bring more jobs and tax revenue to the local economy.

"The store is called Encore, and the space itself is 31,500 square feet.  So it's going to be the largest shoe store in the state of Ohio," says Brenda LaBonte, manager of the Upper Valley Mall.  She says the store will bring thousands of shoppers and employ between 20 and 100 people.