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Seattle's iconic downtown Macy's will close after this holiday season.

I went inside Seattle’s soon-to-close, 90-year-old Macy’s store and found the building is already being taken over by Amazon

I visited Seattle's iconic Macy's store, which is set to close in February. The top six floors are now Amazon office space.
A lot of items were on sale when we visited.

Pier 1 Imports is closing hundreds of its stores amid reports of an imminent bankruptcy. We visited a store and saw why the chain is struggling.

Pier 1 Imports is closing up to 450 stores and reportedly cutting 40% of its headquarters staff. We visited a store and saw why it's struggling.
Ross sells a variety of popular brands for less.

We visited Ross and saw why its messy stores haven’t prevented the discount chain from thriving

Discount chain Ross regularly posts great sales, but the stores often look messy. We visited one store and saw why that doesn't matter.
Trader Joe's sells a lot of delicious products through its own private label.

We shopped for groceries at Costco and Trader Joe’s and easily saw which store is better for the average shopper

Costco sells items in bulk, while Trader Joe's is catered to the average shopper. Both have their own in-house brand of products, but which is better?
The interior of the new Wegmans in Brooklyn, New York.

We visited Wegmans stores in both a city and a suburb to compare and saw why the regional grocer is winning over shoppers

We visited Wegmans stores in Brooklyn, New York and in the suburb of Manalapan, New Jersey, and the chain's appeal was clear.
Wegmans has a massive hot food section.

We went shopping at Trader Joe’s and Wegmans to see which beloved grocer is better, and found Wegmans has a crucial advantage

Trader Joe's and Wegmans both have unique store designs and their own in-house brands. But Wegmans has a hot food section that can't be ignored.
B8ta's concept reinvents the physical retail space as middleman between consumer and brand.

I shopped at Forum, a ‘smart’ store that tracks customers’ every move, and I’m convinced the technology it uses will transform...

Forum is a smart store that showcases online, direct-to-consumer, and boutique brands. Designed by b8ta, it opened in Los Angeles in November.
Not so much of a bargain here.

We went to Barneys right after liquidation sales began and saw the measly discounts that have prompted complaints from shoppers

Barneys New York officially kicked off its liquidation sale this week, but some shoppers are unimpressed with the discounts.
Wegmans has a huge takeout and hot food section.

We visited Wegmans and saw 7 major reasons people can’t get enough of the regional grocer with a cult following

From prices to customer service, there are several reasons people love Wegmans. We visited a store in Brooklyn, New York to see the hype in action.
Kleinfeld is one of the most celebrated bridal stores in the US.

I went shopping at Kleinfeld, the high-end bridal salon where TLC’s ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ is filmed — here’s what it wa...

Kleinfeld is one of the most celebrated bridal stores in the US. Here's what it's like to shop there.