The Jaxson: Retail Is Not Dead On The First Coast

Jan 29, 2018
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Orange Park is losing its Toys ‘R’ Us store, as the company announced last week it’s closing that location and 180 other stores nationwide.

Overall, though, brick-and-mortar retail is far from dead on the First Coast. 

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One of Jacksonville’s oldest malls is getting a massive makeover. The Jaxson co-founder Ennis Davis said Roosevelt Square in Ortega is responding to changing trends.

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Jacksonville’s Whole Foods store is among the company’s more than 400 nationwide that will soon be owned by retail giant Amazon.

The Jaxson founder Ennis Davis tells WJCT News Director Jessica Palombo the sale is part of a retail trend of companies’ responding to customers’ changing needs.

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Many big box and department stores around the country are generating buzz this year for their decision to stay open and begin their Black Friday sales on Thanksgiving Day.

33 million shoppers are expected to hit the sales Thursday night after eating their turkey and stuffing.

The earlier openings are also generating complaints from shoppers and employees who have to work the Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, there are 63 different petitions protesting this shift from retailers on the website

The shopping frenzy of Black Friday is moving into Thanksgiving Day as more retail stores open their doors on the holiday this year.

According to a National Retail Federation survey, 33 million people will  hit the stores on Turkey Day. But the creep of consumerism has some calling for a boycott.

Jacksonville Beach resident Circe Lenoble is one of the people who is staying home on Thanksgiving Day. She feels so strongly about it, she’s replaced her Facebook picture with this pledge: