Kansas City-based Hallmark Cards Inc. scurried on Monday to alert retailers to remove a gift wrap design after a California shopper saw that the design of interlocking lines could be perceived as a swastika.
Small retailers say even if the day brings in a handful of additional customers, “it’s a positive.” They said they have seen some benefits in the shop-local movement in recent years, as well as from promotions such as credit card company American Express’ Small Business Saturday, set for Saturday.
Ikea, one of the world’s most sought after retailers, officially opened its doors in Merriam this morning — 20 minutes early to the delight of several hundred customers who had been standing in line in the rain. Some customers had been waiting in line for the planned 9 a.m. opening since Monday morning for the chance to win a free sofa and other giveaways.
Merriam Ikea’s first customers are in line, two days before the store’s 9 a.m. opening Wednesday. The first 40 people in line will win a free $399 sofa. Other prizes include gift cards and free meatballs for a year.
The latest two stores that Dillons closed – 13th and Woodlawn and Broadway and Harry – will have their equipment, shelving and other items auctioned off on Thursday. It’s not clear what will happen to the buildings that for decades housed the regional grocery chain.