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We’ve previously discussed what’s next for shopping malls and other retail centers across the First State.

But there’s another highly competitive battle for consumer dollars  – the one waged by grocery stores.

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida takes a look at the lay of the land in that increasingly competitive market.


As consumers plunge into the traditional holiday shopping season, they are expected to spend more than ever. They also will shop in more ways, making wish lists via voice-activated personal assistants, activating coupons on their phones, and downloading apps that lead them directly to gifts in the store.

 


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Over the years, back-to-school shopping has become more than a retail excursion for JoAnn Babbie and her two sons.

Picking out binders and backpacks requires a parent-child conversation. Comparing prices is a teachable moment. And handing over the credit card and car keys to allow the boys to do some shopping on their own is a rite of passage.

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This year’s back-to-school fashions have moved beyond plaid, with new colors, cuts and combinations designed to inspire discretionary spending.

While shopping in recent years has focused on purchases kids need rather than want, this season there’s a trend toward indulgence.

Retailers and shoppers are anticipating a flurry of activity for the winter holidays, with sales expected to be the merriest since 2005.

Consumers also are changing the way they shop, with online purchases expected to surpass sales at brick-and-mortar stores for the first time.

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It’s only a few weeks before 8-year-old Kai Smith heads off to third grade at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Wilmington.

His mom plans to spend at least as much as she did last year on uniforms and back-to-school supplies. But she is not in a hurry to shop.

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Malls were once a shoping staple, but many are now struggling and forced to reimagine themselves.

In Delaware, the Concord Mall in North Wilmington and Dover Mall are among those that may need to make big changes to survive.

Contributor Eileen Dallabrida took a look at where those malls fit into the landscape.


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As Jeanmarie Braddock prepares her back-to-school shopping list for her two young children, she scours newspaper circulars and mailings for the best deals. This year, she also will consult a Facebook page for mothers who live in North Wilmington.

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Black Friday could signal a blue Christmas for retailers, as market watchers worry about excess inventory and consumers remain reluctant to part with greenbacks.

In a survey by retail research firm Conlumino, 45 percent of shoppers said they planned to spend less on Black Friday this year than last year. Only 18 percent plan to spend more, while 24 percent will spend about the same.

That said, area shoppers have more choices this year than ever, thanks to a boomlet of fresh-to-the-market merchants.

A significant chunk of state workers could be eligible for overtime under President Obama’s newly proposed OT guidelines.  While state officials say it won’t put additional stress on an already strained budget, others say that doesn’t mean there won’t be an impact. Our Political reporter James Dawson takes an in-depth look at the numbers.

 

Growing up in her tough South Bronx neighborhood, Sonia Manzano sought refuge in television. The actress, best known as Maria on Sesame Street, has just released a new memoir and will speak at UD next Thursday. This week, Manzano, one of the most influential Latinas in television, chats with our Cathy Carter.

 


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