Retail + Consumer

Border Crossing Restrictions
Along with all the other impacts of the global pandemic, Arizona border communities are dealing with ongoing crossing restrictions, renewed again just this week. While some of the consequences have not been as dramatic as feared, those restrictions have spelled profound changes for businesses and border residents.
Jul. 22, 2021
map shows boundaries of hub
Tempe is gathering public input on ways to improve a key employment corridor. For decades, industrial businesses have enjoyed easy access to the Smith Innovation Hub, a half-square mile area, bounded by Rio Salado Parkway, Loop 101, University Drive and McClintock.
Jul. 20, 2021
Demolition of Paradise Valley Mall
Demolition work has started at the Paradise Valley Mall; it’s expected to continue through the rest of the year. The mall closed earlier this year and the Phoenix City Council approved a redevelopment plan for the 1970s-era shopping center.
Jul. 14, 2021
sign says snakes & lattes on wall surrounded by games and seats
Offering higher wages, retention bonuses and extra time off are some ways employers are dealing with a tight labor market.
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Jul. 8, 2021
Phoenix Suns Arena exterior NBA Finals 2021
As Phoenix Suns fever rises, so do ticket prices. Katie Connor with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office says fans looking to score seats should buy from trusted vendors and use credit cards.
Jul. 7, 2021
Help wanted sign
There are reports of some companies and industries struggling to find enough workers and of employees leaving their jobs and being more choosy when looking for a new one. To get a sense of what’s going on in the state’s labor market, The Show spoke with Dave Wells, research director at the Grand Canyon Institute.
Jul. 7, 2021
Despite more people shopping online during the pandemic, one local expert says the future of retail in metro Phoenix is “solid."
Jun. 29, 2021
After providing the controversial tax incentive for 22 projects, Phoenix leaders will take a closer look into how the public benefits from the government property lease excise tax program, often referred to as a GPLET.
Jun. 22, 2021
front of vacant kmart building
Phoenix is moving forward with plans to turn a former Kmart store into a center that offers education and workforce training. The City Council wants to transform acres of asphalt and an empty 118,000-square-foot building into an innovation center.
Jun. 16, 2021
Tracks In Wax Record Store in Phoenix
June 12 is Record Store Day, an international celebration of all things vinyl. First launched in 2007, the event was spread out over three dates in 2020 due to the pandemic. This year, store owners are welcoming back customers without capacity limits.
Jun. 12, 2021
Real Water box
Bottled water produced in Mesa and Henderson, Nevada, has been found to cause myriad illnesses. Real Water, also called Real Alkalized Water, is connected with non-viral hepatitis, nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue, as well as liver inflammation.
Jun. 10, 2021
A sign on a Phoenix restaurant advertises open positions
Arizona restaurants that survived the pandemic are returning to normal capacity levels. What isn’t returning to normal are their employment numbers.
Jun. 9, 2021
Hermosillo Ford plant
Ford is once again expanding its operations in neighboring Sonora, where it will begin manufacturing a small pickup truck at its Hermosillo factory.
Jun. 4, 2021
takeout box with food
After the murder of George Floyd last year, DoorDash, Uber Eats and its brand Postmates waived delivery fees for some Black-owned restaurants. The delivery companies said they wanted to respond to nationwide calls for racial justice. But legal challenges came quickly.
Jun. 2, 2021
Real Water box
A U.S. judge has permanently blocked a Las Vegas-based bottled-water brand Real Water from being marketed while an investigation continues into at least one death and multiple cases of liver illness among people who reported drinking it.
Jun. 2, 2021
Frys Grocery Downtown Phoenix
Phoenix city leaders will discuss whether to stop offering a controversial tax incentive to developers.
May. 26, 2021
Cars on road
Phoenix topped all the metro areas in the Census Bureau survey on the question of travel.
May. 25, 2021
Crescent Ballroom takeout sanitized pens
The Census Bureau’s Small Business Pulse Survey collects data weekly to measure the effect of changing conditions during the pandemic.
May. 25, 2021
A gas pump
Temperatures are reaching triple digits, and reports of potential gas shortages have come from around the United States this week. Through KJZZ's Q&AZ project, a listener asked: Is it safe to keep a full gas can in my trunk during a Phoenix summer?
May. 22, 2021
Broadband ethernet cable
A federal consumer-protection agency, Arizona and a handful of other states have sued an internet service provider over download speeds.
May. 20, 2021

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