After opening a store in late November with promises of jobs and economic revival for the community of East Harlem, warehouse club Costco Wholesale Corp. terminated 160 of its 453 workers there last month in order to cut costs. Continue reading
Cash-strapped communities have a message for corporations that promised jobs in return for tax breaks: A deal’s a deal.
As the economy sputters along, municipalities struggling to fix roads, fund schools and pay bills increasingly are rescinding tax abatements to companies that don’t hire enough workers, that lay them off or that close up shop. At the same time, they’re sharpening new incentive deals, leaving no doubt what is expected of companies and what will happen if they don’t deliver.
“We will roll out the red carpet as much as we can (but) they are going to honor the contract,” said Brendon Gallagher, an alderman in DeKalb, Ill., where Target Corp. got abatements from the city, county, school district and other taxing bodies after promising at least 500 jobs at a local distribution center.
So when the company came up 66 workers short in 2009, Target got word its next tax bill would be jumping almost $600,000 — more than half of which goes to the local school district, where teachers and programs have been cut as coffers dried up.
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The largest “warehouse club” in the country is opening its first store in Manhattan.
Local shoppers finally get the chance to buy in bulk from the place where bargains are big and the merchandise even bigger.
Super-wholesaler Costco, which failed to open a Manhattan store in three previous attempts over the last decade, will unveil Thursday a 105,000 square-foot discount emporium at East River Plaza, a shopping mall overlooking the FDR at 116th street. Continue reading
Target is looking for “real” artist to feature in new Converse One Star print
The shoot is 2 days in Minneapolis @ 3,500 per day + air/hotel/per diem; first week of Nov (days tbc). The usage is 6 months all print advertising and internet.
Target specifically wants to find upstart writers and poets or aspiring writers- male and female, all ethnicity, in shape (fit but not overly muscular), cool downtown age 25-35 range.
If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
by 11am tomorrow the following:
Performance photo of you giving a reading (if you have)
1 candid portrait smiling
1 candid full body
Resume / bio (if you have)
Please include in the body of your email:
Contact (ph / email)
Type of writer and if anything has been published
Please send ASAP if interested.
$20 Ailey tickets (for Target 20 Night) on sale Saturday, Oct 3rd ONLY at New York City Center box office.
Tickets on sale beginning at 9AM (while supplies last)
Specially priced $20 tickets for the Thursday, December 3rd performance at New York City Center in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Judith Jamison as Artistic Director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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This e-mail was sent to HW regarding a story we posted this week:
My name is Joshua Thomas and I work in Target’s Communications department. I’ve been working with our buying team on this situation and wanted to share an update.
First and foremost, it is never Target’s intent to offend any of our customers – or guests as we call them at Target – with the products we offer. If any product raises questions or concerns, we listen to our guests. That’s exactly what happened here. As soon as we were made aware of the concerns about this soda, we removed it from our shelves.
We sincerely apologize to anyone who may have been offended by this soda and assure you that we’re going to learn something from this situation that we can apply down the road. That doesn’t mean we’ll always get it just right, but hopefully it shows that we’re listening.
Thanks for sharing your concerns, and again, I apologize on behalf of Target. If you’d like to speak with someone at the company or have feedback you’d like us to hear, I’d encourage you to contact our Guest Relations team at email@example.com.
One of our producers visited this Target on 225th St., in New York City and made an interesting discovery. In the beverage aisle he found this soda with a black girl eating watermelon on a can. It reminded us of the caricatures of America’s racist past.