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Employees told me that some eager customers have wandered into the studio, unaware that it's not yet open for business.

I visited Ikea’s new Manhattan location — and it was like nothing else I’ve seen from the retailer

Ikea is opening a planning studio in Manhattan, the first center of its kind in the United States.
Employees told me that some eager customers have wandered into the studio, unaware that it's not yet open for business.

I visited Ikea’s new Manhattan location — and it was like nothing else I’ve seen from the retailer

Ikea is opening a planning studio in Manhattan, the first center of its kind in the United States.
It was a depressing sight.

We went shopping at a Charlotte Russe store the day before it closed forever, and it was a depressing bargain bonanza

Charlotte Russe is liquidating. I decided to visit a store in Williamsburg, Virginia, to see its closing sale.
It was a depressing sight.

We visited a Charlotte Russe store on its last day open, and it was a depressing bargain bonanza

Charlotte Russe is liquidating. I decided to visit a store in Williamsburg, Virginia, to see its closing sale.
A Charlotte Russe store closing sale.

We visited a Charlotte Russe store the day after the company filed to liquidate, and it’s clear the retail apocalypse is in full swing

Charlotte Russe filed for liquidation on Wednesday. Here's what one of its stores looks like now.
Some of JCPenney's stores are outdated and messy.

We went to JCPenney to see why sales are sinking — and it revealed why giant mall-based department stores are dying

We visited two mall-based JCPenney stores in Richmond, Virginia, and found empty shelves, messy displays, and abandoned cash registers.
Family Dollar feels a lot like Dollar General.

We visited Family Dollar, the store that analysts say is becoming Dollar Tree’s biggest problem. Here’s what we found.

Dollar Tree announced Wednesday that it is closing up to 390 Family Dollar stores in 2019.
Old Navy is Gap's biggest strength.

We visited Old Navy and saw why it became Gap’s biggest asset before it was announced it was spinning off as its own company

Old Navy has been spearheading Gap Inc.'s growth. Now, the brand is cutting ties. Here's what it's like to visit.
Old Navy and Gap each had plenty of sales, but the deals were much better at Old Navy.

Old Navy and Gap are splitting into two companies. We visited both stores, and realized why one company is dominating the other.

Gap is splitting off Old Navy into its own company. In late 2018 we shopped at both stores and saw why Old Navy has become so successful.