Retail


The 2020 Ingram’s 250

Time for some Ingram’s 250 math: What’s i250 x 5? If you came up with 1,250, hats off to your grade-school math teachers—their lessons clearly took hold. But with this being the fifth year of our recognition of the 250… more

Associated Wholesale Grocers partners with Takeoff Technologies on fulfillment centers

A Wednesday news release from Associated Wholesale Grocers announced the grocery retailer has partnered with Takeoff Technologies, a Massachusetts-based eGrocery solution company. The partnership was made to build micro-fulfillment centers in the Kansas City region, centers that are miniature, automated… more

Hybrid learning has resulted in higher spending, according to survey

The impact of COVID-19 has stretched into the 2020 fall semester, back-to-school preparations looking dramatically different compared to last year. With varied school reopening plans and policies occurring across the Kansas City metro and U.S., one broad similarity is the… more

Payless headquarters in Topeka relocates to Miami, Fla.

A relaunch of Payless includes the drop of ShoeSource from its name – as well as a move from its Topeka, Kan. headquarters to Miami, Fla. Payless’ new home in Florida will also be where the company intendeds to open… more

Ascena Retail Group Inc. files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy

On Thursday last week Ascena Retail Group Inc. , filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Ascena is the parent company of seven different apparel brands including Ann Taylor, LOFT, Lou & Grey, Lane Bryant, Cacique, Catherines, and Justice. The company announced the same day a debt… more

50 Kansans You Should Know: The Class of 2020

The 50 individuals you’ll meet in the following pages bring to an even 500 the number of Sunflower State residents from all walks of life who have been singled out for their over-sized contributions to business success, civic engagement, philanthropic… more

Restaurants Start Rehiring

Restaurants around the country are rehiring employees after the layoffs they dealt with major layoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Yum! Brands' Taco Bell, for example, is looking to hire 30,000 new workers this summer. Meanwhile, Dunkin' Donuts is looking… more

JCP Closing Stores, Brooks Brothers Close to Bankruptcy

The retail industry has certainly had some tough times during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as before the virus started in the United States. Now, J. C. Penney, which operates seven stores and a distribution center in the Kansas City… more

Protests Shift to City Hall

People protesting the death of George Floyd have shifted the position from the Country Club Plaza area to City Hall, in Downtown Kansas City. In the wake of protests in Kansas City due to the death of George Floyd, the… more

Theaters Worry About Reopening Guidelines

In the wake of the problems that AMC Theatres is facing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, other theater chains are feeling the same pain and are worried about how to reopen safely. Other chains are facing similar problems throughout the… more