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Retail

Mark Robinson teaches a class
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Four years ago, the big story in the Bloomington-Normal economy was the closure of Mitsubishi’s manufacturing plant and the loss of 1,200 jobs. Some workers got retrained and found new jobs. Others left the area forever.

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Weeks after another anchor-store closure at Eastland Mall, Bloomington-Normal business leaders are grappling with the future of retail.

As more retail chains shut down, cities across Illinois figure out what to do with millions of square feet of empty space.

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When a big local retailer like JCPenney or Gordmans closes its doors, it becomes another chapter in the “retail apocalypse” storyline that predicts the end of brick-and-mortar shopping.

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The Hobby Lobby store in Normal is moving to a smaller location within the same shopping center.