Retail

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Malls across the country have been closing in recent years as consumers prefer the ease of online shopping or go to big box stores that offer practically everything. Nationally, malls may be in jeopardy, but in Idaho, they’re still flourishing.

In the 80s, there was nowhere cooler than the mall. But changing times and a shifting retail landscape have altered that – almost everywhere.

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Boise-based Albertsons filed this week to offer stock for public sale. Albertsons became one of the largest food retailers in the country early this year when it closed on its acquisition of Safeway. 

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With Cyber Monday less than a week away, holiday shoppers are busy buying gifts online. But many shoppers don’t realize if they purchase items on the Internet, they still owe the state some money.

It’s called the use tax and it’s been around since 1965. It applies to anything you buy over the phone, mail-order, or the Internet. It’s the same rate as the regular sales tax, 6 percent.

National Shooting Sports Foundation

Gun stores are among the retailers expecting more sales than usual this Black Friday. 

A national trade group that represents the gun and ammunition industry says Black Friday could set a record for the number of background checks performed.  Those are required by the FBI for gun purchases. 

On the day after Thanksgiving last year, the number of background checks set an all-time high. 

Mike Bazinet is a spokesman with the National Shooting Sports Foundation.  He says there are several reasons why gun stores will be busy.