retail http://wlrn.org en The Reality Of Retail http://wlrn.org/post/reality-retail <p></p><p><em>This program originally aired on Aug. 26, 2013. &nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you've wandered the hallways of the&nbsp;</span>Dadeland<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> or </span>Aventura<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Malls or walked down Lincoln Road in Miami Beach on a Sunday afternoon, you know shopping in South Florida can be a full contact sport.</span></p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 19:46:38 +0000 Tom Hudson 19458 at http://wlrn.org The Reality Of Retail Joanna's Team Holds Their Own Against Grocery Goliaths http://wlrn.org/post/joannas-team-holds-their-own-against-grocery-goliaths <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Late August 1992 was going to be a memorable time for Joanna </span>Lederman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, her husband Alan and sons John and Michael. They had spent the spring and summer getting ready to open a new independent grocery market. &nbsp;After all the product testing, tastings, employee training, inventory stocking, marketing and other work to get a new business off the ground, they were all set. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 23066 at http://wlrn.org Joanna's Team Holds Their Own Against Grocery Goliaths Why The End May Be Near For The Fashion District Koreans Built In Miami http://wlrn.org/post/why-end-may-be-near-fashion-district-koreans-built-miami <p>For five blocks along Interstate 95 on the western edge of Miami&#39;s&nbsp;Wynwood neighborhood, you can buy women&#39;s clothing, jewelry and handbags in practically every store.</p><p>Not everybody knows about Miami&#39;s &quot;Fashion District.&quot; But 20 years ago, it existed almost exactly the same as it does today in the mind&#39;s eye of Korean entrepreneurs.</p><p>Woo Ho Lee walked the block on a recent weekday afternoon, pointing out landmarks and remembering one of his mentors, Mr. Park.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Katia Savchuk 21825 at http://wlrn.org Why The End May Be Near For The Fashion District Koreans Built In Miami Walmart Moves One Step Closer To Breaking Ground In Midtown Miami http://wlrn.org/post/walmart-moves-one-step-closer-breaking-ground-midtown-miami <p>A battle over plans to build a new Walmart in Midtown Miami continued Wednesday night before the city's Planning, Zoning and Appeals Board.</p><p>Although both sides of the issue attended the meeting, the focus instead was squarely on the numbers, two in particular: 21 and 27. These are the zoning ordinances that govern the use and design of land in midtown. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 14:43:35 +0000 Wilson Sayre 21576 at http://wlrn.org Walmart Moves One Step Closer To Breaking Ground In Midtown Miami The Sunshine Economy: Luxury Retail, From Head To Toe To Stomach http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-luxury-retail-head-toe-stomach <p></p><p>Jimmy Choo at Sawgrass Mills. Hermes in the Design District. Even Marky's Caviar in Miami Gardens. South Floridians are welcoming luxury retailers with open arms just like Britto's "Welcome" sculpture greets shoppers near Dadeland Station in the photo on the right.</p><p>Luxury retailing in South Florida is expanding beyond its traditional glitzy locations and stretching to include not just shoes and accessories, but also shoppers’ appetites.</p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 19827 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: Luxury Retail, From Head To Toe To Stomach The Sunshine Economy: The Fight For Your Spending http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-fight-your-spending <p></p><p>Of course you shop online. You're a digital consumer. You're on the Internet right now. You are a savvy shopper, looking for the right product at the right price and you want it fast and easy. Point, click, buy.</p><p>But you're in the minority. The vast majority of retail sales across the nation take place at brick and mortar stores. While Americans spend about $1 trillion per quarter in the retail industry, only a nickel of every dollar is spent online. But in the fight between online and in-store retailing, online spending is growing faster, much faster.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Tom Hudson 19750 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: The Fight For Your Spending The Sunshine Economy: The High Price of Luxury In South Florida Retail http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-high-price-luxury-south-florida-retail <p></p><p>One square foot is not a lot of space. You can fit a pair of shoes in one square foot. But, if you are a luxury retailer at Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, you sell $2,800 worth of merchandise per square every year. That's six times what the average shopping center generates in the same amount space.</p><p><strong><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-retail" target="_blank">RELATED: The Sunshine Economy: Retail</a></strong></p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 16:30:03 +0000 Tom Hudson 19741 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: The High Price of Luxury In South Florida Retail The Sunshine Economy: From Water Beds To Today http://wlrn.org/post/sunshine-economy-water-beds-today <p></p><p>In the 1970’s it was water beds. In the 1980’s, Keith Koenig sold dinette sets. Now it’s couches and entertainment centers.</p><p>Koenig and his brother began what would become City Furniture in 1971. He has seen plenty of cycles in the South Florida economy, as well as how consumer tastes impact his business. Housing booms and housing busts. A growing population. And wicker. Koenig has a unique perspective at the intersection of two industries: real estate and retail. His outlook? &nbsp;Very positive.</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 15:59:33 +0000 Tom Hudson 19664 at http://wlrn.org The Sunshine Economy: From Water Beds To Today It's Crazy Out There! http://wlrn.org/post/its-crazy-out-there <p></p><p>South Florida shoppers wiped the turkey gravy off their lips and got in line to shop last night as Black Friday morphed backward into Thursday to kick off an ever-earlier Christmas shopping season.</p><p>Lines for the early deals began forming before sundown on Thanksgiving and the scenes at the big boxes and malls grew more hectic and even chaotic overnight.</p><p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 13:22:52 +0000 Rick Stone 5196 at http://wlrn.org It's Crazy Out There!