Saying that he’s keeping his options open, developer Abe Aityeh presented plans for a 175-bed personal care home at 1838 Center St., a grassy parcel on the corner of Dewberry Avenue where Atiyeh has also proposed a psychiatric hospital, apartment complex, and most recently a Lidl grocery store.

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The layout of the facility is essentially the same footprint as the 125-bed apartment complex that was shot down by zoners last year because it was not allowed in the city’s institutional zoning district. The personal care home would include four four-story buildings. The only addition is a single-story, 50-bed building for senior citizens with mobility issues.

Atiyeh said the rooms wouldn’t be double occupancy. If a couple needed a unit, there would be doors that could turn a unit into a suite with two bedrooms.

The planning commission gave an initial review of the plans at their meeting Thursday night.

“One of my concerns is that we just need some clarification on how do we define this as a personal care facility? It’s laid out as apartments and it has the same kind of parking you’d demand if it were apartments,” said Darlene Heller, the city’s planning director.

Atiyeh is proposing 228 spaces, though only 63 are required. He argued that most baby boomers continue to drive and there also needs to be spaces for visitors.

Heller said in her experience, parking demand is much less at a personal care home because many of the residents no longer drive.

Planners also raised concerns about green space, noting that the parking spaces back up to Center Street. Rob Melosky, chairman of the planning commission, said he was concerned about how that would look in an area he considers to be a gateway into Bethlehem’s downtown.

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Unlike many retailers, Dollar General has proved largely immune to the coronavirus’ devastating impact on brick-and-mortar stores. Now the discount chain is shrugging off the pandemic to launch a new line of stores geared to less budget-mind shoppers.

The Tennessee company said Thursday that it will debut the new store concept, called Popshelf, with two locations opening near Nashville on October 29. It plans to have about 30 locations in various markets by the end of 2021.

Unlike Dollar General, which mostly sells necessities including food, snacks and cleaning supplies, Popshelf will sell beauty products, home decor, party supplies and other discretionary items. Still, the emphasis will remain on affordability — most products will sell for $5 or less.

The new chain’s target audience will initially skew female, with the outlets located in suburban markets with household incomes ranging from $50,000 to $125,000. The modest-sized stores, which will run roughly 9,000 square feet, will have roughly 15 employees.

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Inside view of Popshelf store.

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As with rival Dollar Store, publicly Dollar General mainly caters to shoppers on a tight budget, with many of its 16,720 stores in 46 states located in rural areas whose populations are too small attract larger retailers like Walmart and Target. 

That formula has proved remarkably successful, with Dollar General defying the surge in ecommerce that has crippled dozens of major retailers. Over the last decade Dollar General’s revenues have nearly tripled to $31.3 billion, up 17% from the previous year. It’s also uncommonly profitable in the cut-throat retail industry, generating $2.3 billion in its last fiscal year. 

That growth has only continued during the health crisis, with the company reporting same-store sales climbed nearly 19% in its most recent quarter.

Dollar General’s no-frills approach, which emphasizes keeping labor costs low, has proved a hit

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Over a three-decades long career, Chicago house DJ Derrick Carter has built up an enviable assemblage of gear. But now, the legendary producer is looking to pare down his personal audio laboratory — and you can reap the benefits. Carter has announced an official Reverb store loaded with over 100 pieces of gear from his personal collection.

“I’m not a mad scientist anymore. I have a process now, and having to bring the voltage up on this gear days before I start making music is a lot. My electric bill is upset with me,” Carter said in a press statement. “I hope it does find good homes and people are able to glean what they need out of it, just like I was able to glean what I needed out of it. I hope it sparks that mad scientist feeling in someone else.”

Some of the highlights of Carter’s store include a rare 1999 Ensoniq Fizmo Transwave digital synthesizer and a classic Roland TR-909 Rhythm Composer drum machine used on the Sound Patrol records and remixes from Carter’s own Classic Recordings. “Fun fact about this 909,” Carter revealed. “There’s a promoter who was putting together a rave and had Jeff Mills on his line up and I guess Jeff Mills needed a 909 for his performance and I let him borrow mine. So it’s my 909 that Jeff Mills also played on for a live show.”

Other highlights include a Roland TB-303 Bass Line synthesizer (“You won’t find one as pristine as this in any country, place, shape, or form unless you somehow manage to get a time machine”), a modified Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer synthesizer that includes MIDI,

Retail bankruptcies, liquidations and store closings in the U.S. reached records in the first half of 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic accelerated industry changes, particularly the shift to online shopping, according to according to a report by professional-services firm BDO USA LLP.

In the first six months, 18 major retailers filed for chapter 11 protection, mostly concentrated in apparel and footwear, home furnishings, grocery and department stores, according to the report. They include department-store operators Neiman Marcus Group Ltd., J.C. Penney Co.
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 and Tuesday Morning Corp. and vitamin seller GNC Holdings Inc.

From July through mid-August, 11 more retailers filed, including apparel retailers Lucky Brand Dungarees LLC, Brooks Brothers Inc., Ann Taylor parent Ascena Retail Group Inc.
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 , Stein Mart Inc., and Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank parent Tailored Brands Inc.
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This year is on pace to rival 2010, when 48 retailers filed for bankruptcy in the wake of the 2007-09 recession, BDO said. Retail bankruptcies in 2020 have already surpassed the 22 such filings recorded last year.

“This is almost certainly the worst year in recent history for retail,” said Kyle Sturgeon, a managing partner at Atlanta-based turnaround advisory firm Meru LLC.

Government-mandated store closures and social-distancing measures have intensified challenges that were facing bricks-and-mortar retailers before the pandemic, according to BDO.

Consumers stuck at home due to the pandemic are buying more online than ever, the report said. That trend comes on top of excessive debt, store saturation, high unemployment and changing shopper behaviors. Demand for business attire and outfits for social occasions, in particular, has cratered.

High rates of bricks-and-mortar store closures are expected to continue, BDO said. From January through mid-August, retailers had announced

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