Akron Retail Revival

photo of James Yareff, Archie the Snowman
KABIR BHATIA / WKSU

Archie the Snowman – Akron’s animatronic beacon of Christmas cheer – is heading into his final weekend for the season at Chapel Hill Mall.

Annmarie Jones from Cuyahoga Falls remembers coming to the mall in the 1980s and 90s. Now, she runs The Gourmet Popper snack bar near Archie.

photo of an aisle at Lowes
ANDREW MEYER / WKSU

Black Friday sales start today -- but at least one expert says they may not be exciting enough anymore for shoppers to head out to brick-and-mortar retailers.

photo of Kmart Tallmadge
SARAH TAYLOR / WKSU

The closing of the last seven Kmarts in Ohio should serve as a sign to other retailers about what they need to do to stay competitive.

Akron is Becoming a Go-To Place for eBay

Sep 21, 2018
Paul Gazeley, Dan Horrigan, Chris Librie
TIM RUDELL / WKSU

eBay is back in Akron.  In January the international web marketplace chose the Rubber City to roll out its “Retail Revival” internet-storefront training program.  Thursday the company returned to introduce a new service called eBay@Home.

Jason Horinger
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

More than 100 small-business people from Akron and Warren absorbed some eBay religion in an old church in Akron’s Middlebury neighborhood today. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports on the first meeting of eBay’s first Retail Revival program in the U.S.

Retail Revival crowd
M.L. SCHULTZE / WKSU public radio

More than a hundred small businesses from Akron and Warren met with top officials of eBay today – the next step in the launch of the company’s first Retail Revival in the United States.