Retail


Macy’s Pulling Plug at Independence Center

For the second time in three years, Independence Center will lose an anchor tenant when Macy's closes the store in the spring. The retailer announced this week that that the site, at a mall routinely plagued by large-scale teen conflicts,… more

Melaleuca, Inc. to expand distribution operations to KC, open in former Harley-Davidson plant

The Kansas City, Mo. Northland will soon see another addition to its array of warehouses and distribution centers. Online wellness company Melaleuca, Inc., noted as the largest online wellness shopping club in North America, announced plans to invest $35.5 million… more

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