Retail Career Link On The Front Lines Helping Displaced Retail, Restaurant Workers By Ryan Denham • Jul 3, 2019 Ryan Denham / WGLT 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. Views From The Front Lines Of The Retail Revolution By Ryan Denham & Austin Gould • Sep 12, 2018 WGLT/Ryan Denham Weeks after another anchor-store closure at Eastland Mall, Bloomington-Normal business leaders are grappling with the future of retail. Outside The Big Box: Repurposing Vacant Space In Illinois By Mary Hansen • May 3, 2018 As more retail chains shut down, cities across Illinois figure out what to do with millions of square feet of empty space. Fewer Retail Jobs In Bloomington-Normal As Shopping Habits Evolve By Ryan Denham • Jan 22, 2018 LM Otero / AP 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. Hobby Lobby Moving Locations In Normal By Ryan Denham • Jan 4, 2018 Danny Johnston / AP The Hobby Lobby store in Normal is moving to a smaller location within the same shopping center.