Wednesday, November 28, 2012
The retailers are looking to hire more than 40 seasonal sales positions.
St. Louis Outlet Mall retailers are getting into the holiday spirit, you could say, by gifting those needing jobs with some seasonal work. There are more than 40 jobs up for grabs at retailers from Banana Republic to to Dairy Queen and everything in between. The jobs are part-time and full-time sales associate positions. The 1.2 million square foot family shopping and entertainment center employs approximately 3,000 St. Louisans at its more than 160 stores year-round, which increases to approximately 3,500 retailer and center employees during the holiday season, according to Julia Bishop-Cross, Outlet Mall spokewoman. The following St. Louis Outlet Mall retailers have seasonal openings. Stop by each specific store for application details:
Monday, November 26, 2012
Patch is looking for experts who can talk electronics and share their expertise this week.
It's the season of giving and chances are, you probably have some fancy technology to cross off your holiday shopping lists. Patch wants to help find the answers to all your questions about Blue-ray players, iPads, smartphones and television sets, but we need a little help. In the latest edition of "Ask the Patch Pro" we need local experts who can answer readers' questions and offer advice. If you are a local techie or consider yourself an expert and can answer these questions and more, let us know two ways. One: You can leave a comment on this post. Two: You can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We need experts to answer questions on Thursday, Nov. 29. Curious as to what we are looking for? Take a look at some of our previous …
Thursday, November 22, 2012
The retail giant will be open all day near Hazelwood on Thanksgiving Day, then Black Friday sales begin at 8 p.m. Here's what you'll find, plus how the store plans to handle security.
Holiday shoppers get ready! The holiday shopping season is getting underway. (Read Previous Story: Walmart Holding Its Earliest Black Friday Ever) As Patch previously reported, Walmart is beginning its Black Friday deals at its earliest time ever this year. St. Louis area stores will be open all day on Thursday and will begin running "Black Friday" sales at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. As the world’s largest retailer prepares for one of the most popular shopping days of the year, Patch got a sneak peak at some of the deals the store will offer shoppers. (View some of the deals in the photo portion of this article). (For instant news updates follow Patch on Facebook and Twitter.) Walmart staff said the stores are offering its best Black …
Monday, November 12, 2012
Six in 10 Americans say they'd love to receive a gift card for Christmas. What do you think? Great gift or easy way out?
Have you spent hours looking for that perfect gift for that special someone? If so, you might be wasting your time. According to the National Retail Federation, requests for gift cards to stores such as Target, Best Buy, Walmart and Kohl's are up this holiday season. "When it comes to holiday wish lists, the usual culprits top the list each year: clothing, books, DVDs, video games, and electronics, but there’s one that stands out more than any other – gift cards," the NRF's annual holiday shopping forecast says. According to the survey, six in 10 (59.8%) of those polled say they’d like to receive gift cards this year, up from 57.7 percent last year and the most in the survey’s history. Locally, Hazelwood residents go both ways. Holiday …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
The Thanksgiving holiday falls as early as possible because November begins with a Thursday. You'll have more time to Christmas shop if "Black Friday" is the official start.
Some residents and businesses will start stringing up the Christmas lights as soon as the Halloween decorations come down, but hardcore shoppers know when their dream season begins. Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, has become the accepted if unofficial start time of the Christmas rush. It's a huge day for retailers but only the first of a roughly month-long extravaganza. And thanks to Abe Lincoln, who decreed Thanksgiving a national holiday, Franklin D. Roosevelt, who signed into law that it should fall on the fourth Thursday in November, and Pope Gregory XIII, who blessed the calendar we use by papal bull, 2012 has the longest possible shopping season. To explain: With Nov. 1 falling on Thursday, the fourth Thursday and …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
The National Retail Federation released its annual holiday shopping forecast. Americans are shopping earlier than ever, the survey shows, which could lead to a 4.1 percent increase in national sales.
Accustomed to pinching pennies thanks to years of economic downturn, holiday shoppers this year will look for ways to cut corners, comparative shop online and even plan to travel less, if not at all, the National Retail Federation said in its annual shopping forecast for the Christmas season. On average, the NRF expects holiday consumers to spend $749.51 on holiday gifts, decor, greeting cards and more in 2012. That's more than the $740.57 shoppers actually spent in 2011. And before you think Hazelwood Patch is reporting on the holiday season, think again. According to the survey, nearly half of Americans say they've begun holiday shopping before Halloween—12.3 percent of those surveyed before September; 7 percent during September; and 22…
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Yes, it's still a little early to think about Christmas shopping. I understand. But it's coming up soon. And we all know that one person who is extremely hard to buy for. What do you do?
I will make no apology for this edition of our weekly "Conversation Starter." I'm selfishly motivated by the need for your help. And I don't care that Halloween is still three days away. Or that Christmas is still nearly two months off. We need all the time we can get. See, here's the problem: My father is in his early 70s; my father-in-law is in his early 80s. If anything, they're trying to get rid of things. What do you buy for the hard-to-buy-for? What do you do to make the Christmas merry for the folks who seem to have everything, don't need anything or who won't let themselves get pinned down? Here's another stumper for you: My son is 17. He's a drama kid, a singer, a World of Warcraft fanatic. He is every bit as hard to buy for as my…
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
In honor of Independence Day, Hazelwood Patch's Frugal Family column is dedicated to area sales to make your holiday enjoyable.
Although it's not the reason for the holiday, one aspect of this Independence Celebration people and retailers tend to enjoy are the Fourth of July sales. Here are some area deals to ensure an enjoyable Fourth of July for anyone that's a shopper at heart. OLD NAVY Deal: Select items for women, men, kids, toddlers and infants store-wide on sale for $7, $4, and $12. Good through: July 4 DRESS BARN Deal: Spend $50 and get a Fourth of July t-shirt for $10. Good through: July 4 GAP OUTLET Deal: Save up to 40 percent on clothes for women, men, kids, toddlers and infants. All shorts are buy one get one free. Good through: July 9 CROCS Deal: Buy two pairs of shoes and get one pair free. The free shoe must be of equal or lesser value to two shoes …
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Most retailers surveyed said they planned to offer more overtime instead of hiring additional workers this holiday season.
Things are looking up for retailers as solid sales in recent months could mean that shoppers are ready to spend more this holiday season, according to an L.A. Times business report. Despite the expected sales growth, 67 percent of retailers surveyed by the Hay Group planned to keep their seasonal hiring at the same levels as last year, and 24 percent plan to hire even fewer workers. Charlotte Russe, along with Designer Shoe Warehouse (DSW) are two companies that participated in the survey. DSW reported exceptional sales growth this year, but is one of the retailers that plans to offer more hours to its normal sales staff rather than hire additional workers, the Wall Street Journal stated. Best Buy, is another retailer that will hire fewer …