Busch Gardens Tampa Bay planning lineup of Easter fun
TAMPA, Fla. – Busch Gardens Tampa Bay is planning a lineup of fun and special activities for the Easter holiday weekend. The events will be available to guests with park reservations from this Friday through Sunday. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay’s Food & Wine Festival is currently underway. Guests will also get a chance to attend physically-distant concerts and ride the theme park’s world-class attractions. AdUse the form below to sign up for the ClickOrlando.com In the Loop: Theme Park Scoops newsletter, sent every Friday morning.
Mattel unveils Maya Angelou Barbie doll
Doctor Maya Angelou is the latest addition to Barbie’s “Inspiring Women” series. The Angelou doll has a head wrap and a floral printed dress. Barbie says the women of this series were risk-takers who “changed rules and paved the way for generations of girls to dream bigger than ever before.”[TRENDING: Can Trump run for president again? | Fifth-largest lotto jackpot up for grabs]Angelou’s career includes a National Book Award nomination for I know why the caged bird sings, her 1970 autobiography. She has also received dozens of honorary doctorates, numerous awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Target already planning on no Thanksgiving Day shopping for 2021
FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 file photo, people walk through the parking lot at a Target store in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)It’s not even Valentine’s Day and Target is already making 2021 holiday plans. The retailer announced it will be closed on Thanksgiving Day again. Target and other retailers were closed this past Thanksgiving to help reduce crowds and flatten the curve amid the coronavirus pandemic. Target also announced its holiday sales for November and December were up more than 17% from the year before.
Macy’s plans to close 45 more stores this year
The Macy's store logo is displayed on their store in Burlington, Mass., Monday, March 30, 2020. Macy's announced that they would furlough a majority of their 130,000 workers after their stores closed due to the virus outbreak. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)Macy’s is closing 45 more of its iconic department stores by the middle of 2021. The retail giant announced it would close 125 stores over the next couple of years. 30 of those stores closed permanently.
Last-minute shopping? These stores are open before Christmas
Christmas is at the end of this work week, leaving those who haven’t started shopping for gifts scrambling. While most stores are closed on Christmas, many have extended hours on Dec. 23 before reducing hours on Christmas Eve. Here are popular store hours for Dec. 23 and 24, according to Offer.com. Academy Sports + Outdoors: Dec. 23, 7 a.m. to midnight; Christmas Eve, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.At Home: Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Barnes and Noble: Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.Bass Pro Shops: Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Christmas Eve, Closes 6 p.m. REI: Dec. 23, Regular hours; Christmas Eve, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.Sam’s Club: Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Christmas Eve, Closes 6 p.m.Target: Dec. 23, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.Ulta: Dec. 23, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Walmart: Dec. 23, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Walmart adds at-home return service
All rights reserved)You don’t have to leave home to return your Walmart online purchases. The company announced Monday a new service to pick-up items from your house. The retail giant is teaming up with FedEx for the new return service. [TRENDING: How to see the rare ‘Christmas Star’ | $900 billion COVID relief bill details | How many Floridians have been vaccinated]The company is hoping it will give it an edge over its biggest rival Amazon. The option is free and will stay in place beyond the busy holiday shopping season.
Which stores will be open Christmas Day?
Last-minute gifts or emergencies might have you wondering what stores will still be open on Christmas Day. There aren’t many as most stores remain closed so their employees can spend a much-deserved day celebrating with their families. However, if you do find yourself needing some last-minute gifts, batteries for the new toys Santa Claus brought or even just an excuse to get out of the house, the following stores will be open, according to Offer.com. [TRENDING: 250,000 chickens killed in fire | SpaceX launch to bring sonic booms | New stimulus could mean $600 direct payment]7-ElevenAlbertsons, limited hoursCVSRite AidFamily Dollar, some locationsSafeway, some locationsStarbucks, some locationsWalgreensYou might want to give the store a call before stopping by, just in case things differ in your region.
Struggling Seminole Towne Center mall could be ‘repurposed’ by next year
SANFORD, Fla. – Visit the Seminole Towne Center and empty stores mirror a trend at shopping centers and malls across the country: some shoppers are simply spent with brick-and mortar. The move came after majority owners of the Seminole Towne Center submitted a proposal which could get the property re-zoned for any number of ideas. “Sanford deserves the best.”According to King, mall owners suggested a number of different options for repurposing the center, including a housing development, education center, medical building and storage facility. News 6 found majority owner Kohan Retail Investment Group bought Seminole Towne Center for roughly $52.3 million right after the coronavirus pandemic began. When News 6 asked shoppers what they think should happen to Seminole Towne Center, we got a mixed bag of answers.
Ready to shop? Check out Hello Kitty Café Truck & Barbie Pop-Up Truck at The Florida Mall
For one day only, on Saturday, Dec. 12, the Hello Kitty Café Truck and the Barbie Pop-Up Truck will be parked at The Florida Mall, offering an outdoor mobile shopping experience featuring exclusive sweets and treats for fans of all ages. The Hello Kitty Café Truck will offer shoppers a new Hello Kitty Café Cookie plush, new hand-decorated cookie sets, sprinkle mugs, pin sets, cookie sets, canvas totes and more. The Barbie Truck will feature exclusive 90s-themed apparel and accessories such as embroidered denim jackets, hats, T-shirts, vinyl “boombox” tote bags, fanny packs, “cassette tape” wallets and more. PHOTOS: Swipe through to see what will be offered at the Barbie Pop-Up TruckFull Screen 1 / 16 Merchandise available at Barbie Pop-Up Truck coming to the Florida Mall on Dec. 12. The Orlando stop is the last destination for the Hello Kitty Café Truck on its 2020 East Coast tour.
Target to sell discounted gift cards this weekend
Target’s annual gift card sale kicks off this weekend, but there will be some changes. The biggest change is that you have to be a member of Target’s loyalty program to get the 10% discount. Also, this year’s sale will last two days instead of just one. The store gift cards can be bought Saturday and Sunday in store and online. The deal is only for Target gift cards and the discount can only be used for one transaction.
Amazon sales surge during record-breaking 2020 holiday shopping season
All rights reserved)Amazon is reporting record-breaking sales over the holiday shopping season so far. The company said on Tuesday that this year’s holiday shopping season has been its largest. Amazon said small and medium-sized businesses that use the platform took-in nearly $5 billion between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, a 60% jump from last year. The firm says sales grew 22% for the period from Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday. Analysts say it is evident that the pandemic is leading more people to shop online.
These retailers are staying open on Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving Day will certainly be different for some amid the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing precautions have caused some families to cancel holiday meals or adjust the way in which they gather. [TRENDING: Disney World increasing capacity | 250,000 space fans to drive near Cape for launch | Meteor shower coming soon]Retailers have also adjusted to the current times and many have elected to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day when normally they would be pushing Black Friday deals early. However, there are still a group of stores that have chosen to stay open on the holiday, according to BlackFriday.com. Here are the stores staying open on ThanksgivingBass Pro Shops: Opens at 8 a.m.Bealls: Open from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.Big Lots: Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.Cabela’s: Open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.Claire’s: Open from 5 p.m. to midnightCVS: 24-hour locations openDollar General: Open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.Family Dollar: Open but hours vary by storeFive Below: Open from 6 p.m. to midnightFred Meyer: Normal hours of operationKmart: Open from 6 a.m. to midnightMeijer: Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.Modell’s: Open from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m.New York & Company: Opens at 6 p.m.Palais Royal: Open from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.Peebles: Open from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.Rite Aid: 24-hour locations are openStage Stores: Open from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.Victoria’s Secret: Select stores are openWalgreens: 24-hour locations are open
These retailers will be closed on Thanksgiving Day
Thanksgiving is a special time of year as family and friends gather to celebrate what they are thankful for and enjoy a good meal. Through the years, Black Friday shopping has leaked into Thanksgiving Day, meaning retailers were staying open and employees were having to work instead of spending time with those they love. With the coronavirus pandemic still in full swing across the U.S., many retailers have adjusted their Black Friday shopping hours and are choosing to stay closed on Thanksgiving Day this year. [TRENDING: Disney World increasing capacity | 250,000 space fans to drive near Cape for launch | Meteor shower coming soon]Many retailers have shifted more deals online, which also helps employees get the day off to unwind before the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear. Here are the retailers that have announced closures on Thanksgiving, according to BlackFriday.com.
Lowe’s holiday deals kick off Thursday
Halloween is not even here yet, and Lowe’s is already kicking off its Christmas holiday shopping specials. The home improvement chain is starting its new “Seasons of Savings” sale Thursday. The big-box retailer believes the holiday shopping season this year will be unlike any other because of the pandemic. Instead of a traditional Black Friday sale, Lowe’s will offer daily online-only “cyber steals” starting Thursday through Dec. 2. The home improvement chain is also planning to offer gifts you might not expect from them, to become more of a one-stop shop for the holidays.
These kitchen items from Amazon I actually use in my own kitchen
You can get them all on Amazon, and since it’s Prime Day, why not treat yourself to something special for your kitchen? Instant Pots are insanely popular, so if you already have one, you know just how versatile this kitchen appliance can be. It’s really great for steaming veggies, too. Really nice Dutch ovens can get really expensive, but this one on Amazon is a reasonable price, and it’s a great quality. Having both of these items in your kitchen will be great additions.
Walmart spreading Black Friday deals throughout November
Millions of shoppers look forward to Black Friday deals each year, but the long lines and packed stores won’t be happening in 2020 -- at least not at Walmart. Walmart says it wants to adapt to the needs of its customers, so instead of one deal-filled day after Thanksgiving, there will be events throughout November. The company is calling the event Deals for Days. Walmart says shoppers will also be able to buy online and schedule a contact-free curbside pick up. The retailer says it will limit the number of people inside, stress social distancing and place products on one side of the aisle.
Tuesday Morning becomes 5th big retailer to file Chapter 11
NEW YORK Discount goods retailer Tuesday Morning has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the fifth major retailer to do so since the pandemic. As part of the bankruptcy reorganization, the Dallas-based chain said Wednesday it plans to close approximately 230 of its 687 stores over the summer to focus on high-performing locations and will do so with a phased approach. Tuesday Morning joins J.C. Penney, luxury department store chain Neiman Marcus, J.Crew and Stage Stores in filing for Chapter 11 since the pandemic that forced many stores selling non-essential goods to close resulting in evaporating sales.
Victorias Secret closing 251 stores, while Bath & Body Works to shutter 51 stores
Published: May 22, 2020, 8:44 amVictoria's Secret will permanently close 251 of its stores in the U.S.Parent company L Brands made the announcement Wednesday. Victoria's Secret currently has just over 1,000 locations in the U.S. and Canada. L Brands also plans to close 51 of its Bath & Body Works stores. Almost all of Victorias Secret and Bath & Body Works locations have been closed since March 17 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Total company sales fell 37% in the quarter that ended May 2.