No apartment bubble, just high demand

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
An old factory and a school in Schenectady are revamped for apartments. Same in Albany, in a former printing plant, a bank and an office building.

Sears still shedding Kmart stores

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The shelves holding colorful displays of bath towels are gone and the pet food section is sparse, but a couple of aisles of toys remained as of late last week, along with a lot of vacuum cleaners.

Spring brings new push for disclosure

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I wonder if Tom DiNapoli’s ears were burning.

Two steps back on bag recycling

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
It was Monday afternoon and the teen apparel shop at the mall was empty. Greeted at the door by the lone sales clerk on the floor, I walked a loop around the store, as if browsing.

Playing fashion’s numbers game

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I went clothes shopping last week and remembered why I hate doing it.

Student loan debt weighs on the economy

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The sum of $189,234.78 is impressive on its own.

Demand for retail space on the rise

Thursday, March 6, 2014
A medical urgent-care center on Wolf Road in Colonie? Why not?

Brookstone, fresh fruit: Not your father’s rest area

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014
I have seen the future of interstate rest areas, and they look a lot like a high-end mall food court.

Grocery landscape ever-shifting

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014
Tick off the names of supermarkets serving the Capital Region and you soon run out of fingers.

Counselors logging lots of hours

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2014
Bill Brigham isn’t quite ready to declare the economy recovered.

Adapting to retail’s ‘seismic shift’

Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz made an interesting observation the other day: Traditional bricks-and-mortar retailing is at “an inflection point.”

Online grocery sales ramping up

Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014
I hate to grocery shop, but I don’t yet see myself turning to the Internet and shopping online.

Colleges look to Internet to relieve ‘stress’

Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014
Online expansions come as many colleges nationwide look for new ways to keep enrollment — and revenue — robust.

Shedding light on new bulb laws

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014
Life has enough big-issue challenges — where to live, whether to marry, what career to pursue — without having to agonize over the small stuff. So I didn’t enjoy standing in the light bulb aisle trying to get my bearings among CFLs, LEDs and halogens.

Battling to be the King of Suits

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014
There’s nothing like a good knock-down, drag-out fight in business. We now have front-row seats for one: the battle over who will win in the combination of men’s suits retailers Jos. A. Bank Clothiers and The Men’s Wearhouse.

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