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Pandemic magnifies mall woes

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the consumer shift to online shopping, and the strain is being felt more acutely at mall retailers because of...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Asher Schofield, co-owner of Frog & Toad LCC in Providence, has kept the retailer’s two locations closed to foot traffic during the pandemic, but Frog & Toad has been able to offset that loss of business with online sales and curbside pickup.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Some independent retailers pay heavier price than others in COVID-19 era

Two hundred feet – about a 60-second walk – separates LuLi Boutique LLC from Frog & Toad LLC in Providence. But the pandemic experiences...

Clarity crucial for businesses that take a stand

Social media platforms can be a complex place for businesses to tread while protests continue nationwide in the wake of George Floyd’s death while...
INVOLVED: Jim Boscov is the chairman and CEOALTERNATIVE SERVICES: The Providence Place mall has evolved to compete with online shopping and e-retailers by adding alternative services such as the CycleBar cycling studio and renting space to Comprehensive Community Action Program for a “skills center” that offers computer and language classes, as well as job-training workshops.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New stores help Providence Place evolve

To many, the closure of Nordstrom at Providence Place mall was a disheartening blow for the capital city, and further proof online shopping is...

Surviving the retail apocalypse

Retail dies when based solely on the concept of visiting a store for a commodity item. To thrive in today’s market and emerge from...

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