Retail

Thanks to the pandemic, unemployment in the Quad Cities has reached the highest April level in nearly 40 years. Our jobless rate hit 15.2 per cent last month - reaching a level last seen here during the farm crisis in the early 1980's (1983).

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People who work at Pier 1 Imports in Davenport may get to keep their jobs. According to Business Insider, the company has removed hundreds of stores from its website. And the one in Davenport is NOT one of them. 

Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

As Iowa voters get ready to go to the caucuses, small business owners are looking for answers from democratic presidential candidates.

Donna Walley owns Aunt Hattie's Fanciful Emporium in LeClaire.

She decided to support Andrew Yang after researching candidates' plans to improve the economy.

Walley is concerned because online shopping has caused a dramatic change in retail across the country. "Amazon is killing us, absolutely killing us."

Unemployment in the Quad Cities went down in August, from 4 per cent a year ago to 3.8 per cent last month.

Read the Public Version of the Mueller Report

Apr 18, 2019
https://tinyurl.com/y2c7v7d9 / Barnes & Noble

Now that special counsel Robert Mueller's report has been released, at least in redacted form, retailers are trying to cash in on it.

Teepublic.com is selling redacted T-shirts (left). And publishers are already selling it as a book. But you can read it now (see file below). 

Unemployment held steady in the Quad Cities last month - at 3.7 per cent - the same as in November a year ago. But the rate rose in nearly every other major metropolitan area in Illinois.

Sam's Club

Sam's Club in Moline will close later this month, putting about 150 people out of work. It's one of 63 stores across the country Walmart Stores plans to close this month.

Google Data Explorer, US Bureau of Labor Statistics

Unemployment continued to fall in the Quad Cities in September. It dropped more than one full percentage point - from 5.5 per cent a year ago to 4.3 per cent last month. 

Unemployment continued to fall in the Quad Cities in August, falling from 5.3 per cent last year to 4.5 per cent last month. 

Theisen's to Open Davenport Location

Mar 2, 2016
Submitted / Theisen's Home, Farm and Auto

Two empty stores in Davenport will open again in the fall with a different retailer.

Theisen's Home, Farm and Auto announced Monday it bought the former Kmart and Hancock Fabrics buildings to open a new store. The family-owned business, based in Dubuque, has 20 locations in Iowa and two in Wisconsin. Its closest store is located in DeWitt, Iowa.

Co-owner Chris Theisen says the family has been trying to find a suitable location in Davenport.

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