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Fresno Mayor Swearengin and Council Member Xiong Announce New Supermarket in District 1

Jul 03, 2014 No Comments by

FRESNO – Noyan/Frazier Properties has announced a contract with Vallarta Supermarkets to open a third location in Fresno at the southwest corner of Clinton and Weber Avenues in the planned Mid State Shopping Center.  The new supermarket is scheduled to open by the end of 2015 and will recruit over 200 employees as well as generate [...]

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Shoppers Want More ‘Personal,’ Less ‘Personalization’

May 29, 2014 No Comments by

NEW YORK, May 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – The boom globally in online shopping combined with the explosive growth of consumer data collection and analytics is reshaping retailer practices and consumer attitudes and behavior around the world. But as consumers adapt to the new technologies associated with shopping, they are also expressing concern about these same trends. They say [...]

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New Survey Shows Older Generations Embrace Mobile as Local Shopping Companion

Apr 15, 2014 No Comments by

TROY, Mich., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Boomers and Seniors are quickly following in the footsteps of their Gen Y and Gen X counterparts by actively using their mobile devices throughout the local purchasing process, according to the results of a new survey. The data demonstrate the growing importance for local businesses to invest in their mobile presence [...]

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Lowe’s to Pay $18.1 Million Settlement for Environmental Violations

Apr 03, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – District Attorney Elizabeth A. Egan in conjunction with 31 other California District Attorneys and two city attorneys, has announced that a judge in Northern California has ordered the North Carolina-based Lowe’s Home Centers, LLC, to pay $18.1 million as part of a civil settlement for environmental violations. “Businesses operating in the state of [...]

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Local Restaurants Recognized for Excellence in Food Safety

Mar 28, 2014 No Comments

TULARE – Does your burger have bacteria? Is your taco too good to be true? Consumers who want to know if their favorite restaurant is handling their food with extra care can do so by checking out a list offered by the Tulare County Health & Human Service Agency’s Environmental Health Services (TCEH). The list [...]

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Restaurant Performance Index Declined in December as Sales and Customer Traffic Softened

Feb 03, 2014 No Comments

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — As a result of softer same-store sales and customer traffic levels, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a moderate decline in December.  The RPI – a monthly composite index that tracks the health of and outlook for the U.S. restaurant industry – stood at 100.5 in December, down [...]

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Deloitte Consumer Spending Index on the Rise

Jan 27, 2014 No Comments

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index (Index) climbed in December.  The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending[i]. “Economic fundamentals that influence consumer spending moved in a positive direction in the latest Index,” said Daniel Bachman, Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist.  “Median home prices increased, while initial unemployment [...]

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Consumers Interact with Retailers’ Facebook Pages More than Brands’ Own Websites

Jan 15, 2014 No Comments

NEW YORK, January 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Consumers engage with retailers on Facebook more than they do on the retailer websites. Nine in ten consumers say how much they spend is impacted by their social media engagement with a brand. And FourSquare has virtually no impact on consumer purchasing. These are some of the core findings of [...]

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Premier Bride Showplace Takes Place Sunday

Jan 02, 2014 No Comments

FRESNO – The bridal expo known as Premier Bride Showplace will be held this Sunday at the Fresno Convention Center Exhibit Halls in downtown Fresno. This bridal show is a must for any Central Valley brides looking for great ideas and useful information for planning an amazing wedding.  Potential brides will have the opportunity to [...]

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Tips for Redeeming Holiday Gift Cards

Dec 27, 2013 Comments Off

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – The holiday shopping season has come to an end, and to help the millions of American consumers who have received gift cards this year, the Retail Gift Card Association (RGCA) has released the top five tips to consider when redeeming your retail gift cards. “Our 2013 holiday gift card survey revealed [...]

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Highest November SAAR Since 2007 According to TrueCar

Dec 02, 2013 No Comments

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –, the negotiation-free car buying platform, today released its November 2013 sales and incentives forecast, which shows the following: The new car unit sales forecast for November 2013 is the best November since 2003. For November 2013, new light vehicle sales in the U.S. (including fleet) are expected to be 1,211,120 units, up 6.3 percent from November [...]

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Clovis Chamber Holds Small Business Treasure Hunt

Nov 22, 2013 No Comments

CLOVIS – The Clovis Chamber of Commerce will be bringing more potential customers inside Clovis and Fresno businesses with its Small Business Treasure Hunt, taking place from Nov. 30, which is Small Business Saturday, through Dec. 15. Treasure hunters throughout Clovis and Fresno will be walking into the event sponsors’ stores and offices to get [...]

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SBA Urges to Make a Difference on Small Business Saturday

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – During this holiday season, the U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is encouraging every American to shop small and make a big impact in their local community. SBA is a proud supporter of Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to supporting small businesses on one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. [...]

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Poll Finds Recent Political Storms Have Not Dampened Americans’ Holiday Spirit

Nov 20, 2013 No Comments

YONKERS, N.Y. , Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A new Consumer Reports poll revealed that recent political crises like last month’s 16-day-long partial U.S. government shutdown did little to sour most Americans’ mood headed into the holiday shopping season. When asked to take those events into consideration, 8 in 10 said they expect this year’s holiday season to [...]

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15 Million American Households Have Damaged a Device During the Holidays

Nov 19, 2013 No Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – SquareTrade ®, the #1-rated protection plan trusted by millions of happy customers, today released the results of a consumer survey about holiday device damage. American households are particularly accident-prone with their devices during the holiday season. According to SquareTrade’s Holiday Survey[1]: 1 in 8 households in America have damaged a laptop, phone, [...]

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72 Percent of Black Friday Shoppers Will do Some or All of Their Shopping Online

Nov 11, 2013 No Comments

AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Just over half (53%) of U.S. adults plan to shop on Black Friday this year, according to the results of a holiday shopping trends survey by IPSOS and conducted on behalf of Of those consumers shopping on Black Friday, 35% plan to shop primarily online, 28% plan to shop mainly in [...]

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’40 Under 40′ – Casey Hawkins – South Gate Brewing Co.

Oct 21, 2013 No Comments

For Casey Hawkins, some of his fondest childhood memories are of trips with his family to visit Yosemite National Park from their home in San Diego. In 2012, he and his wife, Lindsay, decided to leave behind the crowds of southern California and take their young daughter to live in the small mountain town of [...]

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’40 Under 40′ – Lindsay Hawkins – South Gate Brewing Co.

Oct 17, 2013 No Comments

Lindsay Hawkins is originally from Kona, Hawaii and attended University at California State Long Beach where she graduated top of her class. Over the years she has worked in the fields of marketing, publishing, hospitality and fitness. Seeking the space and solitude the Sierra Nevadas provide, in 2012 Hawkins, her husband Casey and their young [...]

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New Paws-N-Go Market Opens on Fresno State Campus

Oct 15, 2013 No Comments

FRESNO – The new Paws-N-Go Market located on the east side of Fresno State’s North Gym opened yesterday, giving Fresno State students and employees a new convenience-type market on the west end of campus. The 900-square-foot store run by University Dining Services provides various personal care and household items, basic school supplies, an assortment of [...]

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’40 Under 40′ – Anthony Armour – Neighborhood Thrift

Oct 14, 2013 No Comments

Anthony Armour (more commonly known as “AP”) began collecting the pieces of his eccentric life in the humble setting of the Mojave Desert. After great tragedy, he and his brother moved to Pacific Northwest, eventually finding himself on the streets of south Seattle. Through the compassion and kindness of a math teacher, he found a [...]

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