COVID-19 danger continues to drive joblessness in US
Until the pandemic upended the operations of American companies, from factories to family diners, weekly jobless aid applications had never exceeded 700,000 in the U.S. They’ve topped 700,000 for 26 consecutive weeks. An extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits ran out July 31, squeezing households that had depended on the beefed-up payments. President Donald Trump issued an executive order Aug. 8 providing a scaled-back version of the expanded jobless aid. Most states signed up for federal grants that let them increase weekly benefits by $300 or $400. The extra $600 in weekly jobless benefits didn’t replace all her lost income but helped.
Vintage photos show the stores of San Antonio’s past
SAN ANTONIO – Fashion trends come and go, but “going out of business” signs have never gone out of style in San Antonio. Handy AndyHollywood VideoJoske’sKmartMervyn’sMontgomery WardPaylessRadio ShackToys”R”UsThe VogueWolff and MarxWoolcoSurely more department stores or other retailers have left the San Antonio area. Image: UTSA Special Collections, San Antonio Express-News collection (UTSA Special Collections, San Antonio Express-News collection)Joske’s Department Store was founded in 1869 by Julius Joske, according to the City of San Antonio. Image: Courtesy UTSA Libraries Special Collections/San Antonio Express-News (Courtesy UTSA Libraries Special Collections/San Antonio Express-News)The exterior of Joske Brothers Store on Alamo Street in San Antonio, circa 1892. Image: Courtesy UTSA Libraries Special Collections (Courtesy UTSA Libraries Special Collections)The Vogue, a women’s clothing store, stood at 301 E. Houston St.
Pier 1 is officially going out of business
(CNN) -- Pier 1 is officially closing up shop after receiving approval from a bankruptcy court to cease and liquidate its retail operations. The troubled home goods retailer had its plans authorized Friday to begin liquidation sales across its 500 remaining stores once they can reopen. Pier 1 has three stores in San Antonio, one store in Selma and one store in New Braunfels, according to its site. It decided that an "orderly wind-down is the best way to maximize the value of Pier 1's assets." Pier 1 said it plans to sell its website and intellectual property in July.
Pier 1 wants to close all its stores for good
Pier 1 has three stores in San Antonio, one store in Selma and one store in New Braunfels, according to its site. Its lenders have agreed to let Pier 1 overdraw its lending facility by $40 million to help it fund the liquidation process. Once a mall staple, Pier 1 sales have slumped in recent years because of growing online competition and shifting consumer habits. It announced in February that it was closing around 450 stores, including all its locations in Canada. The company currently has more than 500 stores down from 1,000 last year.
San Antonio pizza restaurant owner marks 20th anniversary with unexpected circumstances
SAN ANTONIO Big Lous Pizza owner Brian Lujan never expected to mark the 20th anniversary of his business like this. Like many other small businesses in San Antonio, Lujan is struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic. Were barely making it. Im barely making payroll. Lujan said even though he can soon operate his dining room at 50% capacity, he will still offer the other purchasing options.