Paulie wrote:If you need to touch stuff to buy it, Sears will take care of you. Online/Mail order is all fine and good until you need
to return something, or your item gets croaked during shipping. Brick and mortar retail is not going any where. As far as
specialty stores, they turn over all the time, not just now. Three electronic gizmo chains, one left and that one is on the
ropes. Department stores are an old model, but a wise one. No one item carries the store.
For commodity products brick and mortar is dying
Goody's Family Clothing
Linens 'N Things
Steve & Barry's
Have all declared bankruptcy since May.
Q109 will see many more because they retail got killed in Q408.
Between the internet and Walmart, brick and mortar retail for commodity products is in deep weeds.[/quote
Specialty one item stores, diversify or die. Food is a commodity, does that mean supermarkets are going too? As a merchant I have been watching the changing retail front. Guess what.........it always changes. Guess it depends on what you sell and how you sell it. As these guys die off, others will come. Any body taking bets on petsmart, kohls, target? Oddly enough, Radio Shack seems to be riding it out.