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Luring Online Shoppers Offline
As online shopping has surged, traditional retailers have lost millions in sales to so-called showrooming — when shoppers check out products in stores that they then buy from Web sites like Amazon. It has gotten so bad that Best Buy even replaces standard bar codes with special Best Buy-only codes on big ticket items so they cannot be scanned and compared online.
Now some big retailers are taking a new approach to the dreaded showrooming by transforming their stores into extensions of their own online operations. Walmart, Macy’s, Best Buy, Sears, the Container Store and other
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Explosion outside shopping mall in Nigerian capital
An explosion rocked a shopping mall in an upmarket district of the Nigerian capital Abuja on Tuesday, the emergency services said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

"The officers of Search and Rescue and other response agencies are now at the scene and have cordoned off the area along Park and Shop and Banex Plaza," National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushua Shuaib said in a statement.

"So far no human casualty," he added, warning "citizens to be wary of going to the scene of (the) explosion" in the Wuse II district of Abuja, which has been periodically targeted by the Islamist sect Boko Haram.

A Reuters reporter near the scene after the explosion saw the area cordoned off by the military. Five military trucks blocked the road to the shopping mall.

"No shops were affected. It was under a tree," a soldier blocking the road said.

Just over an hour after the first blast, another blast went off, sending peop
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Tanglewood shop is a racing fan's dream
Dropping by the First Turn in Tanglewood Shopping Center, 6926 N. University St., may be the closest thing to a pit stop for NASCAR fans in Peoria.

NASCAR merchandise is big business, totaling more than $1 billion in annual U.S. sales, according to NASCAR Illustrated. As many as 110 souvenir trailers set up shop at major races across the country, dispensing everything from window decals to embroidered leather jackets.

David Quinn, 37, a Henry native and a lifelong racing fan, opened his store three months ago for racing fans who can't always make it to the racetrack.

"I wanted to have a store for people like myself. I planned this for three years, arranging financing and figuring out merchandising," he said.

Quinn, who still works part-time at Holmes Shoes in the Metro Centre, said he's worked in retail all his life. But now he's retailing his passion.

"I'm a racing junkie. I like it all: NASCAR, Indy cars, dirt tra
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