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  • Shopping carts litter neighborhood, man wants them gone Play Video

    July 18, 2017 5:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Dozens of shopping carts from stores on College Drive in Baton Rouge are not staying in the parking lots. They can be found in ditches and on streets far away from the businesses where they belong and many people are tired of seeing them. Vernon Pitcher... more »
  • EBRSO: Man threatens woman with knife in Target parking lot

    May 6, 2017 3:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Deputies say a man wearing a bandana and brandishing a knife threatened a woman in a Target parking lot Friday afternoon. According to the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, a woman was at the Target on Siegen Lane when a man wearing a bandana pulled out... more »
  • L.L. Bean orders delayed after systems upgrade problem

    April 25, 2017 8:03 AM

    FREEPORT - Outdoors retailer L.L. Bean says a systems upgrade is causing shipping delays. The Press Herald reports that some customer orders have delays up to a week. The Maine-based company says the delays were caused by an upgrade to the retailer's order-processing and fulfillment systems. L.L. Bean has apologized... more »
  • J.C. Penney plans to close up to 140 stores

    February 24, 2017 7:47 AM

    NEW YORK - J.C. Penney says it will be closing anywhere from 130 to 140 stores as well as two distribution centers over the next several months as it aims to improve profitability in the era of online shopping. The closures, announced Friday, represent about 13 percent to 14 percent... more »
  • Baton Rouge stores closing as The Limited shuts down for good

    January 4, 2017 2:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The Limited, a national clothing store for women, appears to be closing its entire business and its local stores will shutdown soon, sources confirmed to WBRZ Wednesday. There are two stores in Baton Rouge- one at the Mall of Louisiana and another at Cortana. Both locations... more »
  • Day after Christmas one of the most popular shopping days Play Video

    December 26, 2016 6:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE – The day after Christmas is well known to many shoppers returning unwanted gifts, however it also offers some of the best shopping deals. Monday, many shoppers went to the Mall of Louisiana to take advantage of the day's deals. Some even say the deals are... more »
  • The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power

    December 24, 2016 12:39 PM

    NEW YORK - The holiday shopping season is losing some of its power in the year's sales. November and December now account for less than 21 percent of annual retail sales at physical stores, down from a peak of over 25 percent, and experts believe it'll keep dropping. Those extra... more »
  • Store hours for last minute Christmas shoppers Play Video

    December 23, 2016 4:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE – With less than 48 hours until Christmas Day some shoppers across the Baton Rouge area are still trying to find those last minute gifts. Kerry Sherin, a Shopping and Savings Expert with Offers.com, compiled a list of store hours for Friday Dec. 23 through Christmas Eve... more »
  • Amazon to start charging sales taxes on Louisiana shoppers Play Video

    December 20, 2016 1:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Tax-free shopping on Amazon for Louisiana residents is ending. The online retail giant will start charging sales taxes on all purchases shipped to destinations in Louisiana starting Jan. 1. NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports that a state revenue department spokesman confirmed Amazon will begin collecting both state and local... more »
  • Deputy's children get Christmas shopping spree Play Video

    December 20, 2016 12:10 AM

    BAKER- East Baton Rouge Parish Deputy John DePedro and his wife Dawn were planning a small Christmas for their two young children this year. They were hit hard in the flood and don't have a lot of money for presents. "We're living in a FEMA trailer and have a... more »
  • Protect your property, track your packages Play Video

    December 13, 2016 6:16 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Stealing other people's presents is becoming a not so Merry Christmas tradition. Online shopping may be a wonderful thing, but it's important to track what you have ordered and help prevent your items from being stolen. This time of year, FedEx, UPS and USPS are... more »
  • Teacher impacted by flood gets surprise shopping spree Play Video

    December 6, 2016 6:42 PM

    ASCENSION – For a teacher in Prairieville, the act of giving isn't just for a season during holiday months-but every single day. Today, Jennifer LeBlanc, a third-grade teacher at Lakeside Primary School, was the recipient of a shopping spree to help replace some of the valuables she lost in... more »
  • Mall of America, nation's biggest, hires first black Santa

    December 2, 2016 12:58 PM

    BLOOMINGTON - The nation's largest mall is hosting its first-ever black Santa Claus this this weekend. The Star-Tribune reports The Mall of America in suburban Minneapolis hired Larry Jefferson to play Kris Kringle from Thursday to Sunday as part of its Santa Experience. Santa Experience co-owner Landon Luther says they... more »
  • With deals offered early, will shoppers buy on Cyber Monday?

    November 28, 2016 10:03 AM

    NEW YORK - Cyber Monday may be in danger of losing its online sales title. The Monday after Thanksgiving is traditionally the busiest online shopping day of the year, but stores are releasing internet deals earlier than ever this year as well as making them available in stores. Shoppers looking... more »
  • Shoppers get Black Friday deals in BR Play Video

    November 25, 2016 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE – Thousands took advantage of Black Friday deals, some waiting overnight to be the first in stores when they opened Friday morning, however the crowds weren't as thick as they usually are. Some shoppers woke up early to get their Christmas shopping done. "We were up... more »
  • Some gobble down turkey, then shop to start holiday season Play Video

    November 24, 2016 12:19 PM

    NEW YORK - Gobble down the turkey, then head to the stores. Thanksgiving Day, rather than the day afterward, has become the start of the holiday shopping season in a shift that delights some and disgusts others. Many of the nation's mall operators and the big retailers like J.C. Penney... more »
  • Juban Crossing stores reopen in time for Black Friday Play Video

    November 23, 2016 4:46 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Three months after the historic August flooding, stores in the Juban Crossing shopping center are opening for the second time. "The irony in that is amazing," Belk store manager Joshua Ballay said. "We actually just opened this store 26 months ago, almost to the exact day."... more »
  • Cortana Mall closed for Thanksgiving; Mall of Louisiana opens at 6 p.m. Play Video

    November 23, 2016 12:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Cortana Mall in Baton Rouge will join dozens of other stores across the country who are scheduled to close their doors Thursday for Thanksgiving. A spokesperson for the Cortana Mall told WBRZ that doors will open at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Anchor stores like... more »
  • Flooded Juban Crossing dry and ready for holiday rush Play Video

    November 15, 2016 6:02 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Just in time for the holiday shopping rush, Juban Crossing expects 80% of flooded stores to be reopened by Black Friday. Even more good news - stores need workers. Ahead of the shopping season, some businesses are looking for extra help to get the stores ready... more »
  • Neiman Marcus unveils 90th edition of iconic Christmas Book

    October 19, 2016 3:59 PM

    DALLAS – Neiman Marcus unveiled its 90th edition of its iconic Christmas Book marking the official start of the holiday shopping season. The book, first published in 1926 as a 16-page booklet, was initially intended as Christmas card to the store's best customers. Neiman Marcus, as in previous... more »
  • Mall of America to close for Thanksgiving holiday

    October 5, 2016 1:56 PM

    MINNESOTA – Mall of America, the nation's largest shopping mall will be closed for Thanksgiving shopping, taking a stand against the growing trend of shopping on the holiday. The mall, in Bloomington, Minnesota, has been open on Thanksgiving since 2012, however mall officials say that they will be closing... more »
  • Walmart planning for self-driving shopping carts

    September 12, 2016 5:50 PM

    The U.S. government granted Walmart a patent last week that hints at the company planning to roll out a system that allows shopping carts to drive themselves. According to the patent request, the carts will be equipped with detachable motors that have sensors and video cameras. Customers will be able... more »
  • Upscale shopping center requests Pokestops removed after SWAT team called

    August 4, 2016 6:52 PM

    LAFAYETTE – A strip mall in Lafayette has requested the Pokemon Go company to remove “Pokestops” around their locations. According to a KATC report, Parc Lafayette sent a request to Niantic to remove the virtual stops due to safety concerns. In the letter sent to Niantic, Parc Lafayette... more »
  • Internet sales tax proposal opposed by GOP Senate candidates

    June 29, 2016 5:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Three of the main Republican contenders for Louisiana's U.S. Senate seat say they oppose pending federal legislation to require companies to collect sales taxes on Internet purchases. U.S. Rep. Charles Boustany, U.S. Rep. John Fleming and state Treasurer John Kennedy participated Wednesday in a candidate forum hosted... more »
  • Walmart grocery pickup comes to Baton Rouge area

    June 24, 2016 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Walmart says it changed “the grocery shopping game” after announcing that customers can now shop for groceries from the comfort of their own home. The largest grocer in the United States announced Thursday that three Walmart locations in the Baton Rouge area will now allow customers... more »
  • Bocage shopping center considering options, Dearman's

    May 10, 2016 3:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A neighborhood family restaurant owner says he's submitted a proposal to occupy his old location, following a devastating fire and lease termination by the building's management. Dearman's owner, David Van Gelder, says he's submitted renderings and a proposal to the manager of Bocage Village Shopping Center.... more »
  • Electronic cards to make WIC easier to use

    February 29, 2016 11:07 AM

    WASHINGTON - Pregnant women and parents using the Women, Infants and Children program will have an easier time buying food at the grocery store. The Agriculture Department is announcing Monday it will require states to transition from paper vouchers to electronic cards over the next five years. WIC will now... more »
  • Kohl's will announce locations of 18 closures in a month

    February 26, 2016 10:25 AM

    MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis. - Kohl’s will close 18 under performing stores this year the company announced this week. Specific locations to be closed won't be announced until the end of March, the company said in a news release about the closure. Kohl's said the closures will save the company... more »
  • Livingston Parish cashing in on Juban Crossing Play Video

    January 11, 2016 4:16 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Juban Crossing continues to be a cash cow for Livingston Parish as the popular shopping center brought in more sales tax revenue in 2015. When comparing December 2014 to last December, Juban Crossing saw a nearly $400,000 increase in sales tax revenue with a total of $7.2... more »
  • Macy's closing Cortana location in coming weeks

    January 6, 2016 4:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Macy's will close its Cortana Mall location sometime in early 2016, the company announced Tuesday. The company said the closure is one of 40 that are happening or have already happened and will reduce expenses by $400 million. Earlier in the day, Macy's said sales fell... more »
  • Shoppers take advantage of overnight sales Play Video

    December 23, 2015 10:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Overnight, shoppers took advantage of stores catering to procrastinators. Cash registers are working extra at some stores where doors remain open without closing until Christmas Eve night. At Kohl's, the store has been open all night since last Wednesday. Employees signed up to work extra... more »
  • Police: New York Woman bit store employee after stealing underwear

    December 9, 2015 11:36 AM

    RUTLAND - A New York woman was arrested after she allegedly bit an employee of a Vermont store after he attempted to retrieve underwear she had allegedly stolen from the store. The Rutland Herald reports the 33-year-old woman from White Plains, New York, will be arraigned on Dec. 14 on... more »
  • Record Cyber Monday spending tops $3 billion

    December 2, 2015 1:31 PM

    NEW YORK- Shoppers spent more than $3 billion online this "Cyber Monday," making it the biggest online shopping day ever. Research firm comScore said shopping by phone, tablet, laptop or tablet jumped 21 percent to $3.11 billion Monday. The 10-year-old shopping holiday has lost some of its luster as retailers... more »
  • Cyber Monday sales still on top, but losing some luster

    November 30, 2015 11:42 AM

    NEW YORK - Retailers are rolling out online deals today, the so-called "Cyber Monday." But since shoppers these days are online all the time anyway, the shopping holiday is losing some of its luster. Still, today is expected to be the biggest online shopping day ever, with estimates that it... more »
  • Black Friday store sales fall as Americans buy more online

    November 28, 2015 3:15 PM

    WASHINGTON - Black Friday shopping is shifting from hours spent in line to more time online. Total sales on Black Friday fell 10 percent to $10.4 billion this year, down from $11.6 billion in 2014, according to research firm ShopperTrak. And sales on Thanksgiving dropped by the same percentage, to... more »
  • Chicago protest to target main shopping area

    November 27, 2015 10:22 AM

    CHICAGO - Not just holiday shoppers will be taking to Chicago's Magnificent Mile today. Also planned is a protest over the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. The black teen was shot 16 times. Protesters say they'll be marching down part of Michigan Avenue, in... more »
  • Early Black Friday shoppers are a day late Play Video

    November 27, 2015 10:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Only a few dozen people were waiting in line for the doors to open for Black Friday. That's because Black Friday now takes place Thanksgiving night for most stores. Many of the same deals that happen Friday took place Thursday night, and the... more »
  • Red Stick Moms Blog releases Shop Local Guide Play Video

    November 9, 2015 5:22 AM

    BATON ROUGE- A group of local moms is trying to keep your money around Baton Rouge. The Red Stick Mom Bloggers have released a new Shop Local Guide just in time for the holiday season. Red Stick Moms Blog is a group of mothers in the Baton Rouge area... more »
  • DeliverBR debuts range of delivery services in Capital Area Play Video

    October 29, 2015 6:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New Capital Region service delivers anything from a cup of coffee to a full cart of groceries. Anita Tyner dreamed up DeliverBR while under the pressures of being a new mom. "I recognized the need for a delivery service on those days I didn't want to get... more »
  • Lawmaker: 99 percent of people don't pay online sales tax Play Video

    October 28, 2015 7:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE – A lawmaker is hoping to tackle a growing $808 million loss in tax revenue due to sales being made online. People are not paying the taxes on out-of-state purchases made online. Buyers are supposed to report online purchases each year on tax returns. “You're legally... more »
  • Hollydays 2015: Shopping for a Cause Play Video

    September 30, 2015 11:14 AM

    BATON ROUGE- It may not even be October yet, but some people are already spreading the Christmas cheer. The Junior League of Baton Rouge is holding it's annual Hollydays event to raise money for the organization's mission-based initiatives. Over the past several years Hollydays has become Louisiana's largest fundraiser, collecting... more »
  • Old movie theater hit with wrecking ball Play Video

    August 3, 2015 11:30 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Crews have been working for nearly three weeks to tear down Cinemark's 10-screen Tinseltown theater. It has been vacant since it closed in 2007. Monday, about half of the theater was gone. Among the already demolished areas was the iconic Tinseltown sign. People have mixed... more »
  • Department store employee arrested after altercation with shopper

    March 17, 2015 11:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A department store employee was arrested and charged with obscenity after an altercation at the Dillard's in the Cortana Mall recently. According to arrest documents, a woman told authorities Brian Green, 26, exposed himself to her after following her around the store making unwanted advances. The... more »
  • $325 million development planned for Gonzales Play Video

    March 2, 2015 5:25 PM

    GONZALES - An upscale mixed-use community with a $325 million price tag could transform undeveloped land in Gonzales if the city allows it. Lafayette-based Southern Lifestyle Development wants to purchase a property used as a cattle ranch on Highway 44 just south of the interstate. Plans call for nine... more »
  • Did you spend what everyone else did on gifts today?

    December 24, 2014 11:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Shoppers took to area stores Wednesday to make last minute buys for Christmas. As last as 9 p.m., people were still on the streets. Many people had to visit drug or convenience stores because they waited until all other establishments were closed. Shoppers had procrastinated... more »
  • Stores open early, stay open late for last-minute shoppers

    December 19, 2014 9:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE - If you are one of the millions of American's who have yet to get their holiday shopping done, stores are staying open longer and opening earlier for your convenience. Kohl's is open for 100 hours straight. The store opened Friday at 6 a.m. and will stay open... more »
  • Kohl's will open for 100 hours straight again in 2014

    December 9, 2014 11:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Kohl's shoppers and others will be able to shop 'till they drop for hours leading up to Christmas. The company announced its stores will be open for 100 hours straight ahead of the holiday in two weeks. Stores will open at 6 a.m. on Dec. 19 and... more »
  • BRPD, EBRSO both patrolling mall after annexation Play Video

    December 3, 2014 4:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Police Department will patrol the Mall of Louisiana this holiday season after parts of the mall were annexed into the city limits. Thousands of shoppers go from store to store with bags in hand each day. For the first time, city police and... more »
  • Cyber Monday deals get stretched, crimping sales

    December 2, 2014 12:29 PM

    NEW YORK - Cyber Monday deals are being stretched out this holiday season, crimping sales on the day itself. Retailers from Target to Amazon have been offering online deals since the beginning of November, and are promising "cyber" deals all week. That seems to have put a dent in Cyber... more »
  • Retail group: Black Friday weekend loses allure

    November 30, 2014 1:28 PM

    NEW YORK - The Black Friday shopping weekend may be losing its mojo. A survey of shoppers released Sunday by the National Retail Federation shows how early discounting, more online shopping and an improving economy have fewer people shopping on the weekend that kicks off the holiday shopping season. Overall,... more »
  • Local shoppers support small businesses

    November 29, 2014 5:59 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Small Business Saturday encourages shoppers to hit the local businesses every year the day after Black Friday. The day was started in 2010 by American Express Credit Cards as an effort to promote shopping at independent businesses. Susan Longmire, a small business owner in Denham... more »
  • Black Friday gets a little less frenzied

    November 29, 2014 10:31 AM

    NEW YORK - Analysts say Thanksgiving Day and online sales appear to have made Black Friday shopping a little tamer. There were squabbles here and there, and elbows got thrown, but the Friday morning crowds appeared smaller than usual and less frenzied. What the news is for retailers remains to... more »
  • Colorado retail pot industry offers 'Green Friday' specials

    November 28, 2014 2:42 PM

    DENVER - Colorado's new retail marijuana industry is joining the rush for holiday shopping dollars. The Grass Station in Denver offered traditional doorbuster deals on what some are calling "Green Friday". The most popular was an ounce of marijuana for $50, about $200 less than the normal price for those... more »
  • Few signs of Black Friday madness in Louisiana

    November 28, 2014 12:50 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Black Friday is known for long lines of bargain hunters willing to stand for hours until doors open. But this scenario is becoming less common as an increasing number of retailers open their doors on Thanksgiving Day and greater volumes of holiday shopping take place online. Retailers... more »
  • Doorsbusters clear shelves

    November 27, 2014 8:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thanksgiving shopping has definitely caught on. Best Buy in Baton Rouge opened an hour earlier than last year. The line wrapped around the building as shoppers waited for the doors to open at 5 p.m. for the doorbuster deals. Many people were waiting for a Panasonic... more »
  • Early bird shoppers turn out on Thanksgiving

    November 27, 2014 5:56 PM

    NEW YORK - Americans are heading to the stores for gift shopping on Thanksgiving in what's quickly becoming a new holiday tradition. Just a few years ago when some stores started opening late on the holiday, the move was met with resistance from workers and shoppers who believed the day... more »
  • Stores, shoppers gearing up for Black Friday Play Video

    November 26, 2014 3:50 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - Businesses all across the area are stocking shelves getting ready for the mad rush of holiday shoppers. Shoppers in Livingston Parish say it's good to finally shop locally and avoid traffic around Baton Rouge. Before Juban Crossing became a reality many in the parish traveled to... more »
  • Get Christmas shopping done early at Mistletoe Market Play Video

    November 13, 2014 7:31 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Temperatures are dropping, Christmas trees are going up and it's time to start thinking about the loved ones on your list. You can start Christmas shopping and support a good cause this weekend at the Mistletoe Market. Half of all proceeds from this year's event go... more »
  • More stores say no to Black Thursday shopping Play Video

    October 30, 2014 8:38 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Black Friday is just a month away. Some stores plan to open their doors early on Thanksgiving, while others are just saying no. Costco, GameStop and Nordstorm all announced plans to give employees the holiday off to spend with family. The trend to open on... more »
  • Juban Crossing officially opens its doors Play Video

    October 15, 2014 4:22 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - After years of delays and funding setbacks the Juban Crossing shopping center opened Wednesday for business. Delay after delay put doubt in the minds of some Livingston Parish residents as the wait for the shopping center lingered on. "Oh forever, I didn't think it would... more »
  • Belk opens its doors on Saturday

    October 10, 2014 6:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Belk will have a soft opening Saturday at 10 a.m. till 6 p.m. at the Juban Shopping center in Denham Springs. The Juban shopping center has been in the works for years, and it is the first store to open up in the center. "We're very... more »
  • Holiday sales predicted to rise this year

    October 7, 2014 2:56 AM

    NEW YORK - Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year. But holiday shoppers will still want fat discounts, and experts cite a sharp divide between the haves and have nots in an uneven economic recovery.... more »
  • Shoplifter arrested after 28-mile pursuit

    October 6, 2014 8:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A slew of law enforcement helped tackle a suspected shoplifter who tried to evade authorities in three parishes Monday. The unnamed man was apprehended at the intersection of Lee and Nicholson in Baton Rouge following a pursuit from Gonzales. Police in Gonzales said the man stole from... more »
  • Juban Crossing grand opening October 15 Play Video

    October 1, 2014 4:49 PM

    DENHAM SPRINGS - The Juban Crossing development is just two weeks away from its grand opening after years of delays. Belk is set to open October 15 with three other stores opening the last week in October. Several more stores in phase one will open in November. Wednesday... more »
  • Mall at Cortana to get face-lift Play Video

    September 11, 2014 5:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - People who shop at the Mall at Cortana have something to look forward to in the near future. A district meeting headed up by councilperson Donna Collins-Lewis Thursday night welcomed community input on plans to revitalize the mall. Ownership has recently changed and one of... more »
  • Shoppers hit sales early, before Black Friday Play Video

    November 29, 2013 7:47 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Shoppers weren't bothered by the early start to the Christmas shopping season, as they poured into malls and electronic stores hoping for big deals through the evening and morning. Best Buy opened at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving and many employees were still working through the evening as... more »

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