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“Shit’s bleak….” “I’m just getting out of this before I’m forced out!”: U.S. retail/banking/service sector collapse, July 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. retail/banking/service sector job loss announcements and shutdowns made or announced in July 2017:

Arkansas: Christian founded Bentonville based Walmart suddenly laid off an undisclosed number of HQ employees in the name of “creating efficiencies”.  In Keo, after 50 years Morris Antiques announced on Facebook they shutdown.

 California:  In Fresno, mini-golf joint Boomers shutdown because “We lost our lease”.  In Newport Beach, after seven decades Bay Arcade shutdown by new owners who’re spending millions to turn it into a donut shop.  San Francisco based Too Big to Jail Wells Fargo laying off 70 executives as part of a bigger plan to eliminate thousands of jobs across the U.S.  Too Big to Jail Bank of America shutting down its offices in Lakeport and Ukiah in November.  In San Ramon, Bank of the West eliminating 54 jobs by mid-September.  San Francisco based clothier Gymboree announced the shutdown of 350 stores across the U.S., thousands of jobs lost, click here to see the list.  Vernon based True Religion Apparel now chapter 11 bankrupt busted blaming crashing sales, at least 27 stores across the U.S. shutting down.  Clothier BCBG Max Azria issued a mass layoff WARN for its Vernon ops, 492 jobs gone by September (don’t blame the internet, they offer free shipping on their website)!    Interviewing Service of America issued a shutdown WARN for its Alhambra ops, 66 jobs gone by mid-September.  The Ritz-Carlton shutting down its location in Half Moon Bay by mid-September.  Build-A-Bear Workshop issued a shutdown WARN for its Anaheim location, 99 jobs gone by mid-September.   Ebisu Marketing-Hotei Marketing issued a shutdown WARN for its Los Angeles operations, 116 jobs gone by September!   Sports marketing company Competitor Group couldn’t compete and issued a shutdown WARN for its San Diego ops, 145 jobs gone in November!

Colorado: In Sterling, JCPenney shutdown its store in the High Plains Shopping Center.  Payless Shoesource also shutdown a store in Sterling, along with two other Payless stores across the state.

Connecticut: In Unionville, after 143 years (!) Parsons Paint & Hardware shutdown, the family owners blaming it on “hardware burnout”.  British empire based Too Big to Jail RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland) issued yet another layoff WARN, this time 23 jobs gone in September.

Florida:   More than 80 years old formal wear retailer Alfred Angelo went chapter 11 bankrupt busted and shutdown all its stores across the U.S. without warning, pissing off thousands of customers waiting for paid orders to be filled!  In Daytona Beach, after 59 years the last local bowling alley Bellair Lanes shutdown.  PHH Mortgage Corporation eliminating 15 jobs in Jacksonville by October.  British empire based Too Big to Jail HSBC issued a shutdown WARN for its ops in Brandon, 197 people laid off on top of the 357 laid off in April!  Outdoors store Gander Mountain eliminating 119 jobs by the end of August!

Hawaii: In Pearl City, Pictures Plus Interiors shutting down in August.

No more "well loved by customers" pawn shop on Yellowstone Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho.

No more “well loved by customers” pawn shop on Yellowstone Avenue, Pocatello, Idaho.

Idaho: It was discovered that 50 years old, ‘well loved by customers’ (according to Facebook postings) Shamrock Rare Coins (aka Amy’s Shamrock Coins) pawn shop secretly shutdown, even the official website is offline.   Mitt Romney co-founded wunderkind Staples announced it will shutdown its Pocatello store in August, falsely blaming “customers” for shopping online.

Illinois: What housing market recovery?  In Bridgeview, after 40 years Advantage Carpets Plus Colortile shutdown, the owner says he is only semi-retiring because his wife doesn’t want him to fully retire.  In Chicago, after more than ten years Permanent Records shutting down so the owners can focus on their newer operations in California.  Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino laid off 20 people due to crashing revenue.  In Hinsdale, after 53 years York Barber Shop shutdown, the owners complained “There’s too much competition. It used to be there were barbershops and beauty shops and that was it. There weren’t all these unisex places.”  

Iowa: In Waterloo, after 104 years (!) Robin’s Surplus shutting down in September: “….we’ve been gradually decreasing in business over the last 10 years. We’ve noticed the decline, based on internet sales. I even polled my kids and asked where the bought all the Christmas stuff and the bought it on the internet.”-Gary Ritter, co-owner

Kansas: In Parsons, after four decades Sullivan Furniture shutdown due to family health problems.  After only two years in the Wichita Mall clothing store Foggy Bottom shutdown, no reason given.

Louisiana: In Lafayette, after 15 years flower shop The Gardenaire shutdown, the owners will focus on wholesale saying “We just can’t compete….People don’t come in like they used to. It’s just changing times.” 

Maryland: Laurel based Rent-A-Wreck of America now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, blaming it on a never ending lawsuit with the company’s founder.  In Hagerstown, Bon-Ton shutting down when the lease expires, 55 jobs lost by February 2018.  After 32 years non-profit arts & crafts operation Baltimore Clayworks went chapter 7 bankrupt and shutdown after a deal to sell the financially struggling operation fell through. In Havre de Grace, Stirling Bridge Jewelry and Gifts shutting down, saying on Facebook “For a variety of reasons, foremost being the rapid decline of business in downtown Havre de Grace and the mass exit of numerous other businesses during this last year, Stirling Bridge Jewelry & Gifts will be relocating to Delaware….”  First Potomac Realty Trust issued WARNs for two locations, 72 jobs gone by October.

Massachusetts: Boston based Too Big to Jail Fidelity Investments continues killing jobs, this time hundreds of employees were suddenly laid off!  It was also reported that Fidelity Investments  bribed (buyouts) 1-thousand-5-hundred employees to quit! Boston based shoe and clothing retailer Nader-The Tannery now chapter 7 bankrupt busted.

Michigan: In Detroit, after 124 years (!) the country’s oldest hat retailer Henry the Hatter shutting down due to a greedy landlord.

Minnesota: In Red Wing, after 27 years Al’s Antique Mall shutdown, the owner saying “The whole customer has changed and it’s a new generation. What you once thought was rare is now on ebay.”  In Granite Falls, after 38 years Willie’s Corner Store shutting down in August because nobody wanted to buy it: “This was very disappointing to think that no one wants to continue what you have been doing for years to keep Willies alive.”-Penny Krogstad, co-owner

Montana: In Great Falls, after more than 25 years Hobby Land shutdown, the owner said she was ready to retire.

Nebraska: In Lincoln, Bishop Heights True Value hardware store shutting down, saying on Facebook the store “just (does) not have the sales we need to continue operating.” 

New Hampshire: In Dover, after only four years, and even moving to a newer location with cheaper rent/utilities, Spun Records shutting down in August due to lack of sales.  I guess all that main stream news media (fake news) hype about records making a comeback was just hype.

New Mexico: In Albuquerque, after 34 years Grandma’s Music and Sound shutdown, the owners told local news media the risks of retail now outweigh the rewards.

New York: At JFK Airport, Command Security lost its contract with FedEx, 46 jobs gone by the end of August.   Also at JFK, DAL Global lost its contract with Virgin Airways, 49 jobs gone by the end of October.  Courtyard by Marriott LaGuardia Hotel shutting down, 144 jobs gone by October!  Commercial bank contractor Gannett National Shared Services eliminating 31 jobs by the end of October.  Conduent Business Services eliminating 59 jobs by the end of September.  In Brooklyn-NYC, after more than seven years hangout joint The Rock Shop shutdown, the manager saying “Rent’s too high, taxes are too high. Too much development happening on Fourth Avenue!”  In Rochester, after 29 years Lakeshore Record Exchange shutting down in September, the owner says more people listen to music than ever before, just not in the format he sells.  Sports venue Yard Sports Village-Warwick Yard now chapter 11 bankrupt busted.  In Buffalo, after 25 years clothier Urban Leisure and Luxury shutting down by the end of August because the owners want out of the retail industry.  In Pearl River, after more than 60 years Mel’s Army-Navy Center shutdown due to the owner not finding a buyer: “People don’t want to get into the retail industry anymore. The store was doing fine, but no one was really looking to take it over.”-Chris Frawley, owner

North Carolina: High Point based Dynamic International Airways now chapter 11 bankrupt busted due to lawsuits.  Non-profit animal rescue op Duke’s Animal Haven shutdown “Due to circumstances beyond our control…….effective immediately.”   In Chapel Hill, DSI Comedy Theater shutting down by the end of August, due to the owner being accused (but never charged) of sex crimes.  In Washington, after four years The Blue Crab Monograms and Gifts shutdown because the owner got a job as a high school teacher.

Ohio:  In Painesville, after 23 years Grande Designs Floral shutdown officially so the owner can retire, but local news media discovered the store, and inventory, is now “bank owned” and for sale.  In Kettering, after 39 years clothing store Elan shutdown due to family health problems.  In Fostoria, after 25 years Steinacker & Sons Ace Hardware shutdown, the owners lamenting “Unfortunately, we just couldn’t keep it going.”

Oregon: In Portland, after 15 years Newspace Center for Photography suddenly shutdown due to the discovery that the non-profit art gallery was broke!  After five years the Action/Adventure Theatre shutdown saying “It’s become increasingly difficult for small arts spaces like ours to survive in Portland and while we are heartbroken that this city has to lose yet another venue, we can no longer shoulder the financial burden of maintaining our theater.”  A writer for The Portland Mercury reacted to the sudden shutdowns of two art venues by saying “Shit’s bleak, you guys.” 

Pennsylvania: Stauffers of Kissel Hill shutdown its 53 years old shop in Oregon Pike saying it was too small to compete with big-box.  In Pittsburgh, baby furniture store Good Night Baby shutdown without warning, the owner told a local news TV channel that he was on vacation, however, a note taped to the door stated the store was closed due to “market conditions”.  Local news media reported dozens of customers were still waiting for orders that they already paid for.   In Philadelphia, after 52 years Snyderman-Works Galleries sold-off and shutting down so the owners can retire.  In Erie, after 55 years Fisher Jewelers shutting down when the inventory is gone.  Silver Creek County Club shutting down by September.

Texas:  Katy based Academy Sports & Outdoors suddenly laid off 1-hundred people, blaming it on “the changing needs of our customers”!  Stage Stores shutting down its 47 years old Bealls store in Corpus Christi, in September, because of the greedy landlord (Trademark Properties).  In Brownsville, after 110 years (!) R.H. Lackner’s Fine Jewelry & Gifts shutting down, the owners blaming declining customers from Mexico: “The Mexican business has been a factor. It used to represent about half our business. I don’t see it coming back.”-Bobby Lackner

Virginia: In Danville, after 71 years M&M Furniture shutdown so the owner could retire.  In Waynesboro, after 30 years Valley Framing Studio and Gallery shutdown, the owner saying “It’s about time to enjoy life…”   Nordstrom shutting down its 15 years old store in Dulles Town Center because “…we feel we can serve our customers better at our other area stores and online.”

Wisconsin:  In Wauwatosa, after 93 years Daly’s Pen Shop  shutdown with the owner warning other mom&pop retailers by saying “I’m just getting out of this before I’m forced out!”  In the same city Bartz’s party store suddenly shutdown as part of a corporate plan to shift to online sales only.






U.S. government shenanigans, July 2017: “THEY GAVE ME NO REASON FOR CLOSING IT”

U.S. food crisis, July 2017: “WE ARE CLOSING……WE HAVE NO CHOICE”




“They gave me no reason for closing it”: U.S. government shenanigans, July 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. Federal/State/Local Government self-destruct announcements for July 2017:

Alabama: Finally! Gov’na Kay Ivey banned the appointing of registered lobbyists to serve on state boards and commissions.  It was revealed that more than 1-hundred money grubbing lobbyists are directly controlling taxpayer funded boards and commissions.

California:  In overrated and corrupt Santa Barbara, after 33 years East Beach Grill shutdown by the greedy landlord (which is the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department).  Santa Barbara leaders want to spend $16-million tax dollars renovating the area into a giant waterfront park!  The restaurant owner told local news media that the city said he could re-open once the new park was built, but only if he paid at least double the rent.  San Diego Superior Court warned of mass layoffs due to the loss of $6-million USD of taxpayer funding.  Reportedly 60 employees volunteered to accept bribes to quit (buyouts).   In San Diego, British empire based U.S. tax-sucking BAE Systems eliminating more than 3-hundred jobs in September, due to the U.S. Navy changing the way it hires contractors!

Idaho: A freedom of information request by Times-News-magicvalley.com revealed that U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) is considering Jerome as the site of a new taxpayer funded immigrant prison!   It’s the result of ICE loosing access to a 3-hundred bed prison in Utah.  ICE is hoping to use the existing Jerome County Detention Center, and expand it by 60 beds.  The Times-News estimated it would cost U.S. taxpayers $1.4-million USD per year to operate an immigrant prison in Idaho.  Another newspaper, Spokesman-Review, reported that hundreds of Idahoans are protesting the plans for an immigrant prison in their back yard.

Illinois: Cook County Public Defender’s Office eliminating 68 jobs, most are attorneys meant to represent the individuals charged with crimes.  It’s being blamed on the new soda pop tax which is in limbo after being challenged in court, apparently the county was hoping to use the soda tax to fund public defender operations.  The challenged soda tax is also being blamed for the sudden layoff of 3-hundred county employees!  Supposedly ‘elected’ county officials also sent out 1-thousand-1-hundred layoff notices!  You know a county is in trouble when it’s relying on the creation of new tax to save its sorry ass!  Cook County’s soda tax is one cent for every ounce of so called sweetened drink.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture is challenging the tax because it violates SNAP rules. Chicago, located within Cook County, also has a soda tax.  Coupled with the county tax ‘sugary’ drinks in Chicago will become the most expensive in the U.S.  Metro East Sanitary District suddenly laid off 20 people, possibly due to a $2.6-million USD loss in 2016.

Michigan: In Troy, tax-sucking Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky laying off 160 people as production of U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters comes to an end!  However, I discovered that Lockheed Martin-Sikorsky is ramping up production of Blackhawk ‘copters after getting $5-billion USD in orders.

New Jersey:  In Watchung after 22 years, and despite posting a month worth of events for July, iconic Colorado Cafe suddenly announced a shutdown.  It’s being blamed on city leaders who needed the property to expand a quarry (rock mine).  After a state government shutdown, including public beaches, gov’na Chris Christie was seen enjoying a day at the beach. The state legislature responded by banning all future governors from the beach during government shutdowns! 

New Mexico:  Good news or bad news? The Torrance County Detention Facility shutting down due to lack of prisoners, 203 jobs gone by September!

New York: The evil left-wing Empire State forcing 70 years old Angel’s Inn Adult Home to shutdown, vaguely saying the retirement home was violating new regulations, the owner Mary Allen says the state never clarified what those new rules are “They gave me no reason for closing it. Other homes were closing. I didn’t have an administrator at one time, but I got an administrator.”  Local news media said the greedy state responded to their questions by saying the issues could be resolved with money!  On top of that, if the retirement home doesn’t shutdown by October then the owner will be hit with fines.

Oklahoma: The city of Pryor warned all employees of layoffs, blaming crashing sales tax collections.  City leaders want cash strapped taxpayers to approve a new sales tax increase.

Pennsylvania: Lancaster County SPCA suddenly went bust due to lack of funding, local municipalities (taxpayers) will now have to come up with a new system for handling stray animals.

Tennessee: Taxpayers are about to become the de-facto owners of a vacant Kmart property near Antioch.  Nashville Mayor Megan Barry wants to spend $7.45-million tax dollars to use the former Kmart as a new Metro Police command center. 

Texas: Tax-sucking Prison contractor CoreCivic issued a layoff WARN for more than 5-hundred employees after losing a Department of Criminal Justice contract!

Puerto Rico: Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority bankrupt busted with $9-billion in debt.

Washington DC: The Department of Veterans Affairs has eliminated 5-hundred jobs since January!

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

Government Shenanigans June 2017: “AMERICA’S MOST MESSED-UP STATE”


Dumbing Down the U.S. of A., July 2017:

“we are closing……we have no choice”: U.S. food crisis, July 2017

Incomplete list of announced United States food supply shutdowns for the month of July, 2017: Many food suppliers/distributors are consolidating operations and killing jobs due to the collapsing grocery store and restaurant industries, as well as rising costs of food production, spread of disease and extreme weather.

Arizona: In Phoenix,  after more than ten years Ticoz Latin Kitchen shutdown, the owners saying “…we are actively seeking a new home!”  In Tucson, after 44 years restaurant Delectables suddenly shutdown due to being sold-off to a competitor.

California: Turn of the 20th Century themed Farrell’s Ice Cream suddenly shutdown its Riverside restaurant, 75 jobs lost due to not being able to make a profit despite being popular!  At one time there were dozens of Farrell’s spread from Oregon to California, now apparently there are only two.  In Los Angeles, after nine years bistro Church & State now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, blaming it on the cost of settling labor violation charges.  San Francisco based Juicero finally realized nobody wants to pay 4-hundred-bucks for a juicer (even if it is ‘hi-tech’) so Juicero is cutting the price and 25% of its staff. In overrated and corrupt Santa Barbara, after 33 years East Beach Grill shutdown by the greedy landlord (which is the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Department).  Santa Barbara leaders want to spend $16-million tax dollars renovating the area into a giant waterfront park!  The restaurant owner told local news media that the city said he could re-open once the new park was built, but only if he paid at least double the rent.  In San Francisco, Buca Restaurants 2 shutting down mid September, 72 jobs lost. In Laguana Hills, Kings Fish House claims they’re temporarily shutting down, but 92 jobs will be lost by mid-September.  LoBue Bros-LoBrue Citrus issued a shutdown WARN for its Lindsay operations, 98 jobs gone by mid-September.  PSSI-Foster Poultry Farms issued a shutdown WARN for its Livingston ops, 158 jobs gone by August!  In Oxnard, Hidden Valley Berries suddenly shutdown, 42 jobs lost.

Connecticut:  In West Hartford, Besito announced “After nearly a decade and with a heavy heart, we are sad to announce that we were unable to re-negotiate our lease at Blue Back Square and are closing our doors….” 

Florida: Jacksonville booze joint The Volstead shutting down in August, just short of four years of old prohibition style drinking, due to the owners moving elsewhere.  S-L Snacks issued a WARN for its Perry snack factory, 101 jobs gone by the end of the year!  North Carolina based snack maker Snyder’s-Lance will shutdown a factory in Perry by the end of September.

Hawaii:  After 18 years The Pineapple Room shutdown saying “The dining landscape has changed, and we’ve amicably decided with Macy’s to move on…..” 

Idaho: U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that Gem State winter wheat and hay harvests are nearly a month early, due to climate change.

Illinois: Decatur based agricultural giant Archer Daniels Midland warned of an undisclosed number of layoffs as part of its plan to make a more “streamlined organization”.  In Champaign, Minecci’s Ristorante suddenly shutdown blaming the greedy landlord.  In Chicago, after 22 years restaurant Jane’s suddenly shutdown.  Ultra Foods issued a shutdown WARN for its store in Kankakee, 92 jobs gone by mid-September.  Food service contractor Aramark issued a shutdown WARN for its Waukegan ops, 117 jobs gone due to loss of contract!

Indiana:  Ultra Foods shutdown its 36 years old flagship store in Highland, 139 jobs gone!  It’s due to parent company Central Grocers going bankrupt.  Local news media reported that Central Grocers has so far eliminated more than 2-thousand jobs since May!

Kentucky: After only three years Dickey’s Barbecue Pit suddenly shutdown two restaurants in Louisville, the franchise owner blames it on the corporate business model saying it prevents the franchise holder from making any money.  It was also revealed that 69 Dickey’s Barbecue Pits have shutdown since January.  Mexico based Bimbo Bakeries shutting down its factory in Owensboro, 125 jobs lost due to consolidation of production!  In Elsemere, after 90 years of ice making Dusing Brothers shutdown and being sold-off so the owners can retire.

Louisiana:  In Houma, after 35 years the Lunch Basket shutdown, the owner saying “…you just get tired of fighting it. And that’s what I did, just decided to hang it.”

Maryland:   Donald Trump hating, Seventh Day Adventist founded Kellogg Company (Kellogg’s) shutdown its Hagerstown distribution center, 76 jobs gone.  

Michigan: In Grand Rapids, after decades Duthler’s Family Foods shutting down in August.  Despite employees saying “…we get treated really badly here….We get called names; racial slurs….” (no indication if that was by customers or corporation) the actual reason for the shutdown is a greedy landlord.  In Kalamazoo, without warning Old Country Buffet suddenly shutdown, financially struggling parent company Ovation Brands gave no reason.  42 years old Boskydel Vineyard announced “Effective Jan. 1, 2018, we will cease winery and tasting room operations……leasing options are available for anyone interested.”

Minnesota: In Granite Falls, after 38 years Willies Korner Store shutting down in August.

Mississippi: Save-A-Lot suddenly shutdown its Jackson store on Hanging Moss Road, blaming $1-million USD in needed repairs to the building.

Missouri:  In Saint Louis, after 31 years the owner of Johnny’s Restaurant and Bar sold-out to a big-box eatery.  Food distributor Troverco now chapter 7 bankrupt busted affecting convenience stores in 22 states and at least 130 jobs! In Chesterfield, pumpkin patch Rombach’s Farm announced on Facebook “Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are closing……we have no choice. We have to close this year.”

Maryland Heights based grocery chain Schnucks unveiled its latest employee, a robot that doesn’t get paid.   The robot is named Tally and, according to local news reports, will be used to render up to 1-thousand employees jobless!

Nebraska: In Lincoln, after 18 years boozery Doc’s Place shutdown by the greedy landlord.

New Jersey:  Manischewitz shutting down a factory in Newark saying it’s “a challenging time in the retail and grocery business”, 169 jobs gone!  In Watchung after 22 years, and despite posting a month worth of events for July, iconic Colorado Cafe suddenly announced a shutdown.  It’s being blamed on city leaders who needed the property to expand a quarry (rock mine).

New York: In Oneonta, “Since 1972″ Joe Ruffino’s Pizzeria and Restaurant suddenly shutdown, the depressed owner saying he’s tired of the “daily grind” and “no one is in the bullpen ready to relieve me.”  In Queensbury, after 30 years Carl R’s Cafe suddenly shutdown, employees were told not to talk to local news media.  Price Chopper shutdown its relatively new store on Cooper Street in Glenn Falls.  Administrators claim the store was losing money but a local politician told news media the store “always seems busy.”  A shutdown WARN issued by Restaurant Associates-Ogilvy & Mather, 23 NYC jobs gone by the end of September.  In New York Mills, meat packer Delft Blue issued a shutdown WARN, 83 jobs gone by the end of October.

North Carolina:  In Elizabeth City, after 93 years The Colonial Restaurant shutdown due to “demographics” causing “a constant pattern of reduced business”.  Charlotte based salty snack maker Snyder’s-Lance suddenly eliminated 250 jobs!   Harris Teeter shutting down a grocery store in Cary and in Greensboro, more than 1-hundred jobs gone in September!

North Dakota: In Fargo, after more than 30 years of burgers Ground Round shutdown with no explanation from the parent company.

Ohio: In Beachwood, after 12 years the owners of Maggiano’s Little Italy decided not to renew the lease, shutting down by the end of September.  Kroger shutting down its 14 years old grocery store and gas station in the Southland Shopping Center, due to lack of profits, 115 jobs gone by mid-August.

Oklahoma: In Norman, Cookies-n-Cards bakery shutting down by the end of August due to the owner’s health problems.

Oregon:  NORPAC Foods shutting down its Salem ops, at least 2-hundred jobs lost by the end of August!

Pennsylvania: Iconic 70 years old hot dog joint John’s Doggie Shop shutdown, the owners say they need time off, and time to find a new location.

Rhode Island: Restaurant FiRE+iCE Interactive Grill & Bar suddenly shutdown, no explanation.

Tennessee: Donald Trump hating, Seventh Day Adventist founded Kellogg Company (Kellogg’s) shutting down its Rossville Eggo waffle factory, 117 jobs (some reports say 155 jobs) gone between September and December!  In Chattanooga, after 28 years Porkers Bar-B-Que suddenly shutdown, the owners hope to continue with a catering business.  In Nashville, after almost eight years Holland House Bar and Refuge shutdown due to “over a year of fruitless lease renewal negotiations”.

Texas: In Houston, after less than a year Nao Ramen House suddenly shutdown, local news media reported it had bad reviews.  Without warning Fired Up Holding Company-Ruby Tequilas shutdown four locations in Amarillo and Lubbock, social-media posts showed notices from debt collectors on the door of one of the restaurants.   After 48 years Frenchy’s Chicken shutting down four restaurants across the Houston area, because “…we recently chose to terminate our agreement with a non-compliant franchisee.”  In Longview, after 99 years Kerns Bakery suddenly shutdown, selling everything off, after failing to find a buyer willing to continue the operation the frustrated owners blamed god: “God has closed door after door for us to move and expand the bakery.  Due to this we believe that He is pointing our family down a new path in life.” 

Virginia: In Vinton, Super Dollar Discount Foods shutting down at the beginning of August, local news media reported that the store manager would say only that there were multiple reasons for the shutdown.  In Norfolk, after 15 years Five Points Community Farm Market suddenly shutdown due to lack of local support (including money).  Martin’s Food & Drugstore suddenly shutdown four grocery stores, hundreds of jobs lost!  Two other Martin’s were sold to a competitor.

Washington: Seattle based Starbucks shutting down all 379 Teavana locations because “underperformance was likely to continue.”  Starbucks spent $620-million USD taking over Teavana in 2012.

Wisconsin: After claiming it would expand, Black Bear Bottling suddenly broke and is in ‘receivership’, 76 jobs gone (interesting that up ’till now the company officially claimed it had only 67 employees).

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

U.S. Food Crisis, June 2017: “EVERY MONTH IT’S LOWER AND LOWER.”

Smoke ’em if you got ’em!: Pocatello Airport Fire Bombers are Back!

06 AUG 2017 (03:39 UTC-07 Tango 06)  15 Mordad 1396/13 Dhu l-Qa’da 1438/15 Wu-Shen 4715

The sky around eastern Idaho is socked in with smoke as the 2017-18 wildfire season roars up (I don’t think I’ve ever seen it so smokey around here, and I’ve been here 20 years).  The water bombing aircraft based at Pocatello Airport were busy during daylight; non-stop landings, reloading, take-offs, for hours on-end until dark.

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At the end of  2016 U.S. Forest Service and the Department of Defense warning: WILDFIRE SEASON 2018 GOING TO BE A HOT ONE!












“a sweeping redevelopment”: Sears Kmart death spiral, August 2017

In Canada, owners of Sears Hometown stores are planning a legal battle for compensation as a result of Sears Canada going bankrupt busted and dead.

CBCnews: Sears Canada chairman steps down so he can bid to buy retailer

Bloomberg: Sears Hit With Second Lawsuit Over Company Stock in 401(k) 

PlanSponsor: Sears Holdings Puerto Rico Savings Plan lawsuit

California: Sears Holdings just sold its store and Auto Center at the northeast end of South Coast Plaza to the owners of the plaza.  the selling price was not disclosed. When asked if the Sears store and Auto Center were shutting down South Coast Plaza owners stated “We look forward to continuing that relationship with Sears…”  It’s been revealed that Sears Holdings notified Bishop Police that local Kmart employees had stolen at least $50-thousand USD worth of merchandise in the past few months.  After police investigated six people were arrested.

Idaho: A major screw-up resulted in the closing Coeur d’Alene Kmart getting a big shipment of ‘blank’ American Apparel-Supreme branded t-shirts.  Shoppers were able to re-sell the t-shirts on ebay, until Kmart realized what was going on and removed the labels from the remaining inventory.   

Michigan:  Taxpayers in the township of Georgetown might take a loss on the vacant taxpayer owned Kmart property.  Township leaders were planning on spending $180-thousand taxpayer dollars to improve the property, but a developer wants to buy the land.  In 2014 Georgetown taxpayers were forced to pay $1.6-million USD for the vacant Kmart, reports say the developer has offered much less than that, $1.5-million for three properties altogether.   In Norton Shores, a Kmart property that’s been vacant since 2004 (before the Eddie Lampert take-over) has finally been put up for sale, asking price is $4.2-million USD: “We’ve been trying for years to get them to fix it up or sell the building. Out of nowhere, last week, they listed it.”-Gary Nelund, mayor of Norton Shores

Minnesota: A local man who is willing to spend $3-million USD on turning a vacant Kmart into an indoor shooting range was blown-off by the West Saint Paul city council: “I started laying out some numbers and it was like, ‘OK, thank you, Mr. O’Keefe.’ I was basically cut off. As far as I’m concerned, I went to the city council and they didn’t give me an opportunity to present or show them any numbers.”-Chris O’Keefe

New York:  Proof they got money.  Sears Holdings-Seritage Growth has promised the city of Olean that if a new tenant is not found by Winter for the soon to be shutdown Kmart, then Seritage will “continue upkeep, heating it and performing needed repairs” until a new tenant is found.

North Carolina: It’s been revealed that back in July Sears Holdings sold its store in Wilmington to the new owners of the Independence Mall (Rouse Properties), for $10-million USD.  The Wilmington Sears store (at the Independence Mall) is still active and not on any shutdown list, however, Rouse Properties is planning “a sweeping redevelopment” of the entire mall.

Utah: The Cedar City Sears Hardware and Appliance Store suddenly announced it was shutting down, local news media indicated it was the fault of Sears Holdings, not the franchise owner.


“…a lot of experimentation.”: U.S. hi-tech/communications breakdown, June 2017

More proof you brick-n-mortar store owners can’t directly blame the internet/high-tech competition for your demise. Incomplete list of U.S. internet/high-tech/communications job destruction announcements in June 2017:

California: Yahoo! issued multiple layoff WARNs for multiple locations, more than 420 jobs lost, possibly due to Yahoo!’s sale to Verizon!  In Los Angeles, Fox Sports suddenly laid off 20 people, but claims they’ll be hiring as many in other departments.  In Santa Clara, Intel issued a layoff WARN, 93 jobs lost by mid-August.  Also in Santa Clara, Marvell Semiconductor made another monthly round of a handful of layoffs.   ‘Social’ game maker Playtika eliminating 10 jobs in Santa Monica in August.  Milestone Technologies, “…leading IT Managed Services Provider with a mission…”, shutting down its Chico ops, 123 jobs lost by the end of July!  Arizona based electronics distributor Avnet issued a shutdown WARN for its San Jose ops, 94 jobs lost by August.  El Paso Communication Systems shutting down its ops in San Diego in August.   In Scotts Valley the hi-tech company that wanted to force you to turn your ‘dumb’ car into a trackable/controllable ‘smart’ car, Pearl Automation, is now dead, suddenly shutting down due to lack of funding.  Idaho’s Micron eliminating 57 jobs in Milpitas, by September.

Connecticut: Optical networking company Lumentum Operations issued a shutdown WARN, 175 people in Bloomfield jobless by March 2018!

Florida:  The Orlando Sentinel eliminating 115 jobs by the end of December!

Iowa: California based call-center operator Alorica suddenly laid off 44 people in West Des Moines.

New York: The merger between Verizon and Yahoo!-AOL will result in at least 2-thousand-1-hundred jobs being eliminated!  Ridesharing application GT Forge-Gett shutting down in NYC, 62 jobs gone by September.   The New York Times warning of mass layoffs if not enough employees accept the bribe to voluntarily quit (buyouts).  Competing newspapers say The New York Times has already eliminated 109 jobs!  Troubled ‘Peer to peer’ e-commerce Etsy continues killing jobs, the latest reports say an additional 140 people will be laid off, bringing the total so far to 230!   Time says it has to eliminate 3-hundred jobs by the end of the year, through bribes to quit (buyouts) and out-right layoffs!  It was revealed that attempts to sell the iconic news outlet failed.  Marketing/web designer Zone 5 now chapter 11 bankrupt busted and facing eviction for failure to pay rent.  Supposed real-news website based Huffington Post (HuffPost) laid off 39 people after being taken-over by Verizon.  ‘Automated online marketplace’ Merchant Cash & Capital-BIZFI  eliminating at least 43 jobs by September.

North Carolina: Despite the boasts/threats from Donald Trump, home improvement retailer Lowes is eliminating 120 InfoTech jobs in Mooresville, those jobs are being off-shored to India!

Oregon: SureID updated its mass layoff WARN saying as many as 297 people will lose their jobs due to the company losing a tax-sucking U.S. Navy contract!

Pennsylvania: California based ‘maker space’ TechShop shutting down its Pittsburgh location, if it doesn’t get $360-thousand USD in donations before September.

Texas:  In Austin, administrators for ‘successful’ education-tech company Civitas admitted they laid off about 10% of their employees (company admin refused to give specific numbers) back in May, due to “…a lot of experimentation.”

U.S. Tech/Communications breakdown, May 2017: “TERMINATION OF EMPLOYMENT”

“Everything is closing very, very suddenly…” “Regrettably, there is no end in sight”: ObamaCare ACA Death Spiral, July 2017

Incomplete list of healthcare related layoffs and shutdowns, announced in July 2017:

In 2015, the National Rural Health Association reported that before ObamaCare went into effect 41% of rural hospitals “operate at a financial loss.”  The insurance/medicare-medicaid reimbursement cuts caused by ObamaCare and ‘sequestration’ is killing them off, meaning ObamaCare is actually preventing people from getting healthcare by exponentially increasing rural hospital shutdowns!

According to Gallup and Sharecare “The percentage of U.S. adults without health insurance grew in the second quarter of 2017 to 11.7%, up from 11.3% in the first quarter.”

According to George Mason University’s Mercatus Center 73% of small business owners have no problem with ObamaCare-ACA being ‘repealed’.   31% reduced work hours of employees from full-time to part-time.   22% to 24% of businesses (depending on number of employees) have reduced hiring as a result of ObamaCare-ACA mandate: “Thanks to the ACA…….we estimate the ACA-inspired practice of keeping payrolls below 50 has cost roughly 250,000 jobs.-Casey Mulligan, University of Chicago

Alabama: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program says Alabama is tied for fourth place for most rural hospital shutdowns.   Endo International announced it will shutdown a generic opiod drug (hydrocodone/APAP, oxycodone, etc) factory and distribution operation, 875 jobs gone!  

California:  Long Beach based Medicare service provider Molina Healthcare eliminating 1-thousand-4-hundred jobs (on top of the jobs already eliminated so far this year) after an audit revealed that the company’s optimistic expansion after ObamaCare became law was unrealistic and the company is actually losing money!  In fact, the audit also discovered that under ObamaCare the federal government is holding back on $52-million USD in reimbursements owed to Molina Healthcare!  In Sacramento, First Responder EMS issued a shutdown WARN, 66 jobs gone starting at the end of August.  In Los Angeles, Cedars-Sinai finally notified that it laid off 77 people, back in March.

Florida:  Adolescent Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches eliminating 73 jobs in September.  Healthcare/social services company Fluor Federal Solutions issued a WARN, 125 jobs lost by the end of August!  After more than 60 years A&E Pharmacy in Warrington shutting down due to ObamaCare insurance reimbursements: “The climate for independent pharmacies is definitely not improving. Insurance restrictions and insurance reimbursements are not going in the right direction.”-David Enfinger, co-owner

Georgia: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program ranks Georgia in third place for most rural hospital shutdowns.  God powerless to stop ‘his’ LifePoint Health-Saint Francis Hospital from laying off 55 people in Columbus.  In 2015 the hospital was hit with a $20-million USD fine for failure to comply with federal regulations, that same year it was sold to LifePoint Health.

Idaho: Another year, another insurance increase, this time the greedy health insurance companies want a 38% jump (and that’s the average, some will be higher) in premiums paid by all you happy taxpayers!  More proof The Gem State’s version of ObamaCare is a failure; in Idaho Falls the Community Family Clinic (for people with no ObamaCare insurance) is dealing with an increase in patient volume, and as such is expanding their operations for uninsured people: “The new building will be three times the size of the one we’re in now and will provide more access for patients to come in and be seen.”-Arnold Cantu, administrator

Illinois: God powerless to stop ‘his’ Hospital Sisters Health System Saint Elizabeth’s Hospital from laying off 22 people.  The HSHS hospital recently spent $253 million USD building a new hospital in O’Fallon.  Cook County laying off 1-thousand-1-hundred employees, including public healthcare workers, blaming it on a failed ‘sweetened drink’ tax (blocked by court order)!  Apparently the math deficient county officials thought a tax on drinks could support 1,100 jobs.  During the appeals court hearing Cook County claimed that 90% of its tax collections go to fund public healthcare, even with federally mandated ObamaCare!  CORPAK Medsystems issued a shutdown WARN for its operations in Buffalo Grove, 81 jobs gone in December.  Westmoreland Nursing Center shutting down, 84 jobs gone due to ‘natural disaster’.

Iowa: New Link Genetics issued a layoff WARN, 39 jobs gone by mid-August.

Kansas: The Birth and Women’s Center shutting down by the end of September, administrators say ObamaCare rendered them financially broke, plus they claim they’re having trouble finding ‘qualified’ nurses.

Michigan: Detroit Medical Center laid off 18 people and shutdown eight vacant jobs, the CEO resigned.  According to local news media, ever since ObamaCare went into effect Detroit Medical Center has eliminated at least 325 jobs! 

Mississippi:  North Carolina Rural Health Research Program says Mississippi is tied for fourth place for most rural hospital shutdowns.

Nebraska: New Jersey based Dr. Leonard’s Healthcare Corporation suddenly shutdown its call center, 170 jobs gone!

New York:  Michaud Residential Health Care Facility issued a shutdown WARN, 113 jobs lost by October!  Inter-Lakes Health has been sold-off, 232 jobs lost by mid-October!  Healthcare service company Lighthouse Guild shutting down in Melville, 46 jobs gone by the end of September.

North Carolina:  60 years old non-profit Morehead Memorial Hospital now chapter 11 bankrupt busted, 7-hundred jobs affected!  Select Specialty Hospital-Winston-Salem shutting down by September, 76 jobs lost.

Tennessee:  NewsChannel5 revealed that dozens of hospitals are shutting down, and published a list of nine hospitals already shutdown!  Some desperate counties have imposed extra taxes, like a $60 per wheel tax, but it’s not enough to stop the hospital shutdowns.  Tennessee is ranked second place for most rural hospital shutdowns.

Texas: The Lone Star State is the top state for most rural hospital shutdowns (beating out Tennessee), no thanks to ObamaCare-ACA. Between 2013 and 2016 at least 12 rural hospitals shutdown. Speaking of shutdowns, god powerless to stop ‘his’ Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville from shutting down its psychiatric hospital, by mid-August.   Hearne Healthcare Center nursing home shutting down, possibly due to numerous state regulation violations (63 just in 2015).

Virginia: OBGYN Generations of Women shutdown without warning, along with its Facebook page.  The manager told local news media she got no warning as well, patients are pissed: “Everything is closing very, very suddenly and the pieces just aren’t adding up.”-Jennifer Holliday, patient

Washington:  Renton based non-profit Providence Health & Service warning of more layoffs, across the seven states it operates in, after losing $255-million USD in 2016. The huge loss happened the same year that Providence ended open heart surgeries and began hospital consolidation op in Oregon, no thanks to ObamaCare.

West Virginia: Charleston Area Medical Center eliminating 3-hundred jobs by the end of the year blaming, among other things, ObamaCare: “Regrettably, there is no end in sight for West Virginia’s economic situation, poor reimbursement from governmental insurance, rising cost of drugs and technology, the nursing shortage and the cost of caring for government-insured patients. After the first five months of 2017, CAMC’s operations were on course to lose more than $40 million.”-Dave Ramsey, ceo

ObamaCare (ACA) death spiral June 2017: “IT IS ALREADY TOO LATE”

“You can’t stop the bleeding”: U.S. retail/banking/service sector collapse, May 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. retail/banking/service sector job loss announcements and shutdowns made or announced in May 2017:

Don’t blame the internet: “A lot of the smaller retailers are struggling and the whole retail industry is configuring itself differently these days. It’s not just happening to smaller businesses, it’s happening to larger ones, too. New factors are coming in. How do I pay for my product, it’s not just money anymore and it’s not just a credit card. The consumers have a whole bunch of different choices that go beyond the product and I think small businesses are in a position where they’ve got to react to that.”-Thomas Abbott, Business Administration/International Business at Post University, Connecticut

Alabama: In Athens, after 56 years Collins Supply shutdown due to the heirs not being interested in running the family business.  In Tuscaloosa, after 65 years Barton’s Nursery & Gifts shutdown, the family landscaping business will continue.  In Jasper after 54 years Bull Building Supply shutdown, the owners blaming health problems and no family heirs to take over the business.

 California: Cost Plus World Market shutting down its San Diego store on 4th Avenue by the end of June, local news reports say no reason was given.  In Sacramento, after more than 80 years Taber Furniture shutdown because “The priorities have changed…..it’s not what it used to be……the customer base is diminished.”  In Anaheim, Anabella Hotel shutting down 121 jobs lost, supposedly being replaced with yet another hotel!  In Glendale, after four years live music nightclub Complex shutdown with only a few days notice and no explanation.  San Francisco based Too Big to Jail Wells Fargo shutting down an additional 450 offices by 2019.  Banc of California issued layoff WARNs, 40 people losing their jobs by July.  ‘Residential asset manager’ Kondaur Capital Corporation eliminating 55 jobs in mid-July.  In Burbank, Warner Music issued a layoff WARN, 19 jobs gone by the end of July.  JCPenney issued shutdown WARNs for stores in Richmond and Orange, 177 jobs lost by the end of July!  Bankrupt Los Angeles based clothier B & B Bachrach asked the court for permission to shutdown 12 stores.

Colorado: Donation funded Ellicott Wildlife Rehabilitation Center ran out of money and will shutdown in June.  Local news reports say it’s one of several animal rehab centers to shutdown.

Connecticut: In Woodbury, after more than 30 years Gepetto’s Toys shutting down when the inventory is gone.   JCPenney notified the state it is shutting down its store in Milford, 89 jobs gone by the end of July.   Walmart shutting down its operations in Bristol, 114 jobs gone by mid-July!

Florida:  In Jacksonville, after 35 years Soccer Stop forced to shutdown when corporate giant Nike suddenly halted all shipments to the family owned store! Nike refuses to explain why.   LA Fitness suddenly shutdown its Hide Park Village location, unconfirmed rumors (dating back a couple of years) say it’s being replaced with a grocery store.  What auto industry recovery?  Car dealer Nice Cars chapter 11 bankrupt busted due to sales crashing by $9-million USD from 2014 to 2016!  Once British empire based-but-now co-owned by China, Too Big to Jail HSBC notified the state it would eliminate jobs in Brandon.

Idaho:  In Boise, after 45 years of six to ten hour days, six days per week, the surviving co-owner of Bow Wow Auto Parts shutting it down so she can retire.

Illinois: The Fayette County Bank failed, the FDIC turned assets over to United Fidelity Bank.  In Chicago, after 40 years Tipre Hardware forced to shutdown by the property owner/developers who want to build a massive apartment complex. International law firm Seyfarth Shaw laid off 40 people.   After eight years Cat & Mouse Game Store in Bucktown shutting down so the owners can focus on their store in West Loop.  Star Center Mall chapter 11 bankrupt busted and it’s blamed on “the City of Marion regarding disputed bonds.”  After six years Wee-Peats Kids Resale (no it doesn’t mean they re-sell children) clothing store shutdown.  Don’t blame the internet (they had a Facebook page), the owner says she’s moving to Alaska.  In Jacksonville, Kirlin’s Hallmark shutting down its Lincoln Square Shopping Center gift store by mid-June, “primarily due to declining sales.”  In Decatur, Lincoln Square Theatre suddenly shutdown.  The operators told local news media that they are trying to come up with ideas to help re-open the 1-hundred years old theater.  Bloomington based insurance company State Farm shutting down 11 offices across the U.S. as part of its plan to consolidate operations.   In Rock Island, the last Barkan’s shutdown after 71 years.  Local news media said at one time the family owned clothier was so popular they had four stores.  JCPenney issued shutdown WARNs for its Centerpointe Mall and Peru Mall stores, 174 jobs lost by the end of July!

Indiana: In Plymouth, after 64 years the owners of Tri-Way Drive-In begging for donations to keep the outdoor movie theater from shutting down, blaming it on the cost of upgrading to digital projectors.   In Richmond, after 78 years Veech’s toy store shutting down: “Many factors have led to the decision to close the store, including a significant drop in sales over the past year-and-a-half, which has been experienced by many stores across the nation. A number of independent toy stores have closed in this past year due to these retail trends. We, too, have not been able to weather this precipitous change in sales volume.”

Iowa: In Cedar Rapids, after 19 years Planet X Fun Center suddenly shutdown, it was announced on the company’s website without explaining why.  Premier Linen & Drycleaning  issued a shutdown WARN for its Dubuque  location, 86 jobs lost by mid-June.

Kentucky: 78 years old music venue Renfro Valley Entertainment Center laid off 12 people “Effective immediately” due to the suck-ass local economy.

Louisiana: First NBC Bank failed, FDIC turned assets over to Whitney bank.  After 13 years bridal shop Bustles and Bows shutting down mid-July. In New Orleans, after 53 years the Maple Street Book Shop shutdown for the second time saying “We’re not sure what we’ll do next, but we’ll always keep fighting the stupids. We hope that you will too.”

Massachusetts: In Northhampton, after 12 years clothier Ci Ci Boutique shutting down by the end of June.  Bankrupt Eastern Mountain Sports shutdown its Hyannis store.

Michigan: 37 years old boat shop Landman Sales sold to pay for the owners’ retirement.

Minnesota: Retail giant Target laid off 40 HQ employees, local news reports say employees were given only a week to find another job within the company.  The sudden layoffs were blamed on a 4th quarter in a row of crashing sales (and Target sells online).  Uniform rental company G&K Services issued a shutdown WARN for its corporate HQ, 232 jobs lost as a result of being taken over by a competitor!

Montana: Junk jewelry seller Claire’s shutting down its 25 years old store in the Butte Plaza Mall, by the end of June.

Nebraska: In Kimball, after 52 years LorRon’s Department Store shutdown, the owner saying she needs a “retirement/career change”.

New Jersey:  ‘Popular’ Mountain Creek Resort now chapter 11 bankrupt busted under new ownership, however, the new owners blame the previous owners for the bankruptcy.  In Newark, Total Airport Services issued a WARN, 74 jobs lost by July.   Bankrupt California based clothier B & B Bachrach shutting down its Lawrence Township store by August.

New York: Elitist clothier Michael Kors reported a net loss of $27-million USD and will now shutdown as many as 125 stores, thousands of jobs lost!  Clothier Banana Republic shutting down its store in the Walden Galleria, by the end of June.  Women’s clothier New York & Company suddenly shutdown its popular Forrest Hills store, customers speculated that the rent was too high.  In NYC, Landmark Sunshine Cinema being forced to shutdown by 2018 because the property has been sold to some greedy property developers.  The Cinema owners said they tried to buy the property, with the intent to serve booze to movie goers, but the benevolent city of New York refused them a booze license.   ‘Automated online marketplace’ Merchant Cash and Capital issued a shutdown WARN for its NYC ops, at least 74 jobs lost by August.  In NYC, nightclub operator Webster Hall Entertainment has been sold, 267 jobs affected!   Aircraft Service International lost its contract with JFK Airport, 378 jobs affected by the end of July!  In White Plains, Executive Jet Management issued a shutdown WARN, 54 jobs gone by mid-August.  What real estate recovery? Nationstar Mortgage issued a shutdown WARN for its Elma location, 179 jobs gone by the end of August!   Public Service Insurance issued a shutdown WARN for its NYC location, dozens of jobs affected by mid-August. Walmart shutting down its store in Niskayuna, 102 jobs gone by between July and August!  Non-profit Rides Unlimited of New York/Nassau/Suffolk shutting down due to sale of assets to a bus company, 213 jobs affected!

Ohio:  After 90 years Yellow Cab of Cleveland shutting down within 60 days, officially due lack of qualified taxi drivers.  Huntington Bancshares laying off 129 people in connection to its 2016 take-over of a competitor!  Columbus based clothier Express shutting down all 17 stores in Canada.

Oregon: Florida based Holiday Retirement (aka Holiday AL Management, HolidayTouch.com) notified the state that it will shutdown its corporate office in Lake Oswego, no reason given, about 1-hundred jobs gone by the end of the year!

Pennsylvania: After 1-hundred years of elitist snobbery, ‘social club’ Pittsburgh Athletic Association is now chapter 11 bankrupt busted due to lack of money, due to lack of rich members!  Moon Township based Dick’s Sporting Goods eliminating 1-hundred more jobs despite a small increase in sales!  In Byrn Mawr, after 33 years profit making Pun’s A Wonderland of Toys shutdown ’cause the owner wanted to retire while he was still ahead.  In Frackville, the 40 years old Schuylkill Mall notified its remaining tenants that within 90 days the mall was shutting down.  Reading China and Glass shutting down its store in the VF Outlet Center due to the greedy property owner’s plan to re-develop the shopping center.  Too Big to Jail Bank of America issued a layoff WARN for its Allegheny Center Mall office, 112 jobs lost by July!   JCPenney issued a shutdown WARN for its King of Prussia Plaza store, 118 jobs lost by the end of July!

South Carolina: A 30 years old bookstore ironically called Rainy Day Pals forced to shutdown due to flood damage that occurred in 2015. Owner Calvin Lyles described his failed efforts to repair the store by saying that financially “You can’t stop the bleeding.”  Brigadoon Discount Golf in Surfside Beach shutting down.

Texas:  In College Station, after 32 years Lippman Music shutting down in July, the owner saying the landlord’s plan to jack up the rent is a sign to retire.

Virginia: Bath & Body Works shutting down its store in the Bristol Mall, by June.  In Carytown,  after ten years clothier Eurotrash shutdown due to the owners moving to Texas.  After 72 years McDonald Garden Center shutting down so the owners can focus on their new concept satellite ‘garden market’ stores “…because lifestyles are changing and business is changing rapidly.”

Washington: After 70 years Furney’s Nursery suddenly shutdown because the “…property has become very, very valuable over the years, so they got an offer they couldn’t refuse.”

Wisconsin: Guaranty Bank-Best Bank in Georgia & Michigan failed, 170 offices shutting down, the FDIC turned assets over to First Citizens Bank & Trust.  Online-mail order company Colony Brands issued a shutdown WARN for its distribution center, 113 jobs gone by 2018 due to the greedy landlord!

U.S. Retail/Banking/Service sector April 2017:   “…GREED, ARROGANCE AND JUST PURE DECEITFULNESS.”








“And the church is going to go down….” Slavery! Artificial Intelligence!: U.S. Christian Rapture, July 2017

Incomplete list of U.S. Christian shutdowns, layoffs and Rapture oddities for the Gregorian month of July 2017.

The President of the Philippines demanding that the United States return three church bells stolen by the U.S. during rebellions against U.S. occupiers in 1901.  The bells are now being used by the U.S. military as memorials to that occupation.  The bells were used by Filipino freedom fighters to signal attacks against occupying U.S. forces.

USA Today revealed that the demise of churches across the U.S., and the seeming Rapture of ‘christians’, can be blamed on gentrification, which in turn can be blamed on Real Estate Investment Trusts (REIT).  In other words it’s all about making profits, not prophets.

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg stated that the days of institutions like “churches and little leagues” are over, to be replaced by Facebook’s artificial intelligence.

The Mennonite Church USA (which has lost tens of thousands of members since 1998) announced it is divesting of all its for-profit investments in Israel, in protest over how the Israeli government treats Palestinians.   In the recent past the Presbyterian Church and the United Church of Christ also abandoned their investments in Israel.

The United Church of Christ blames puny humans for climate change, despite the fact that the Earth has experienced massive climate changes, and was much warmer than it is today,  when there were supposedly no humans on the planet.

Arkansas: Two men and a woman arrested for burning down the Mount Superior Baptist Church.

Arizona:  In Cave Creek, food insecurity has become so bad that Good Shepherd of the Hills Episcopal Church makes 4-hundred peanut butter and jelly sandwiches in one hour, as part of their new monthly Sandwich Ministry operations!  The sandwiches and other food items are then distributed by Phoenix Rescue Mission specifically for homeless people.  In Mesa, police arrested a 57 years old man for breaking into the Living Messiah Ministries church and stealing frozen chocolate coins.

California: In San Francisco, a volunteer with Iglesia Cristo Es la Roca is charged with sex crimes against two teen-aged boys.   In Newport Beach, the Episcopal Church is blocking its local Bishop from attempting to sell its Saint James the Great church.  The Bishop was warned in June not to sell the property until the Disciplinary Board reviewed it, but he went ahead and contacted a property developer anyway.  It’s not the first or second time the sale of Saint James the Great church has been blocked by church leaders.  The Cloverdale Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints boasted of growing membership, a whopping 130 members since the mormon church (ward) began in 1964.  Ward (a division of a Stake) members admitted their numbers vary based on the local economy/employment situation.  In Apple Valley, a teen-aged girl is charged with stabbing to death a 79 years old christian minister, and then stealing his car.

Colorado:  Near Boulder, things are so bad that the City on the Hill Church is offering drive through prayer service.   Near Colorado State University the former Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church is being replaced with ‘high-end’ (expensive) student housing.  The church’s reverend said they were looking to move anyway, due to the age of the building.  The Mancos United Methodist Church hiding illegal immigrants, the congregation is even taking shifts as security guards against ICE: “We are here in case someone should show up at night….”-Joanie Trussel

Connecticut: The Iglesia De Dios Pentecostal hiding an immigrant who’se been living in the U.S. illegally since 1993: “I am so grateful to have this support. I thank everyone who has stood by my side.”-Nury Chavarria, illegal

The Moodus village ghost town was bought by the local chapter of the Phillipines based Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ).  The church claims to have members from 130 countries and plans to turn the ghost town into a resort for their global congregation.  The 62 acre ghost town had been for sale for years, but suddenly sold to the church: “To hear, right out of the blue, that they’re going to close in eight-10 days from the time we heard about it, it took our breath away.”-Emmet Lyman, East Haddam First Selectman

Delaware: In Georgetown, the Providence United Methodist Church forced to take down a sign that read “It’s Adam and Eve not Steve”.

Florida:  A mom in Washington County discovered her son was involved in the Courts of Praise Church burglaries when she found the stolen items in his possession.  When he was arrested he named names of other teen-aged burglars, including a runaway.  A former pastor of New Salem Missionary Baptist Church funneled tens of thousands of dollars of member donations and federal taxpayer funded grants into his personal non-profits, which brought the church to ruin.

Georgia: In Atlanta, a pastor wrote an editorial where he admitted he can’t deal with homeless and mentally ill people coming into his church on Sundays.  His ‘beef’ is that his church offers them help on any other day, but not on Sundays, and he finds it strange that so many helpless people show up on Sundays.  The obviously money focused pastor admits he is trying to target “college students and young professionals and young families” and that he’s tired of families “with young kids….ends up sitting right behind the reeking man from the street.”  Sounds to me like it’s time for Jesus to have a Come to Jesus meeting with this so-called pastor!  Let me, an Animist, remind you what your Jesus said: Yeshua [Jesus] said to him, “A certain man made a great supper and he called many.  He sent his servant at the time of the supper to say to those who were invited, ‘Behold, everything is ready for you; Come.’ And they began each and every one of them to make excuses; the first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I am compelled to go to see it. I beg of you, allow me to be excused.’ Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to examine them; I beg of you, allow me to be excused.’ Another said, ‘I have taken a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ And that servant came and he told his employer these things; and the owner of the house was angry and he said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the marketplaces and to the streets of the city and bring here the poor and the afflicted and the feeble and the blind.’-Luke 14:16-21, Aramaic Bible

Guam: In the U.S. Territory, divided Catholics temporarily settled their differences over the removal of their Archbishop due to sex crimes charges brought by officials in Vatican. Protesters say they’ll hold-off on demonstrations until after the Vatican court makes its decision.

Idaho: On 20 July 2017, mormon Mitt Romney co-founded wunderkind Staples announced they will shutdown their Pocatello location in August.  They blame “customers” for shopping online.

Illinois:   A man who shot and killed his mother (in 2013) in the parking lot of the Burr Ridge Coptic Christian Church was sentenced to 55 years in prison.  During the trial it was revealed the man was frustrated because he was being investigated for immigration fraud by helping Egyptian Christians get into the United States.  The man stated in his call to 9-1-1 that he shot his mother, but after being arrested said his mother killed herself.  A boy drowned in the Fairhaven Baptist Church swimming pool despite two adults and six other children being the pool.   Springfield’s Fifth Lutheran Church shutdown after 129 years, officially because it’s too expensive to maintain the old building. In Oak Forest, food insecurity has become so bad that the Redeemer’s Lutheran Church has built a Blessing Box food cupboard in front of the church, for anybody who’s hungry or anybody who can donate.

Indiana: A classroom at Crosspointe Baptist Church and Christian Academy mysteriously caught fire, investigators blamed it on a faulty power-strip.

Louisiana: Mandeville Baptist church caught on fire and investigators think its arson.  The church has only 15 members.

Maryland:  Donald Trump hating, Seventh Day Adventist founded Kellogg Company (Kellogg’s) shutting down its warehouse in Hagerstown, 76 jobs gone by August!

Massachusetts:   336 years old Unitarian Old Ship Church forced to sell-off its larger parish house and three acres of land.  It’d been for sale for about 14 months, but finally sold for $4.8-million USD. Church leaders claim they could no longer afford to maintain the property.  The new owner of the parish house wants to replace it with apartments.

Michigan: In Flint, the Lincoln Park United Methodist Church announced that the economy is so bad they can’t help the poor anymore: “The lives of people have changed and they don’t think of church like they used to. And the church is going to go down….”-Ira Wells, church trustee

‘Like a thief in the night’,  the Abundant Life Christian Center was burgled by a thief who ignored the audible alarm.  The thief stole a laptop and broke open what he thought was a donation box, then escaped: “We forgive you. If you need prayer or help, we’re here for you. The doors of the church are open.”-Tommy Thompson, deacon

Mississippi:  After only one year pastor Matt Brooks suddenly resigned from the First Baptist Church of Jackson: “This resignation comes not because of moral failure or financial mismanagement but because of differences in leadership philosophy with the leadership of First Baptist.”-church statement

New Jersey: A man who served time in prison for  sex crimes will now be tried for volunteering with the Eternal Life Christian Center.  The state Supreme Court ruled it was essentially a crime for ex-con sex offenders to work in youth programs.  The 124 years old Church of the Ascension was torn down after the Episcopal Diocese declared it structurally unsound, for now it’s just an empty lot.

New York: The Our Lady of the Rosary Church is up for sale.   A teenager arrested for setting fires to storage units is now also charged with the March arson attack on the Milford United Methodist Church.  It should be noted that back in March investigators said the church fire was caused by a faulty electrical system.  God was powerless to stop the assassination of one of ‘his’ NYPD policewomen, city taxpayer dollars were used to spiff up The World Changers Church, in Bronx-NYC, for the funeral.  In Buffalo, the massive historic sandstone Delaware Avenue Baptist Church is for sale, not because membership is crashing, the other way ’round. There’s not enough parking for the growing membership, and it’s too expensive to maintain the unique building.

North Carolina: In Springdale, the Associated Press revealed that the Word of Faith Fellowship (which already has a track record of violating ‘human rights’) is running a slave trade operation, trafficking humans from Brazil: “They trafficked us up here. They knew what they were doing. They needed labor and we were cheap labor, hell, free labor!”-Andre Oliveira, former slave of christian church

The immigrant pastor of the Evangelica Jesus de la Iglesias has overstayed his visa, but refuses to leave.  It was also revealed that he has developed a criminal history for himself since coming to the U.S. in the 1980s.  The leader of the largest Catholic church in the United States, Saint Matthew in Ballantyne, is going out to retirement by demanding the church let priests get married.   Henderson County Sheriff’s Office conducting free taxpayer funded security classes for local churches.  Apparently there is an increased need for christians in Henderson County to feel safe and secure (gee, don’t they have faith in their almighty god?).  Police arrested one of several people suspected of robbing the Lily Memorial Baptist Church, however, the homeless man arrested claims he was sleeping on the church property and was not part of the burglary, although he admits to knowing the burglars.  In Wagram, Spring Branch Mission Baptist Church members have no faith in their leaders after their pastor was forced to resign.  The church congregation went to the brink of civil war and the Scotland County deputies were called in. The church’s board of directors said the pastor lacked vision, and a drivers license(!), and voluntarily resigned (at their request), the congregation suspects a conspiracy.  Food insecurity getting so bad the Sycamore Hill Missionary Baptist Church began offering daily food handouts, and asked people who have enough to donate saying “…if we can touch one home with a meal, we are doing God’s work…”  A local news report described how most traditional ‘hymn driven’ churches are losing members (one church hadn’t baptized anybody since 1996) to other churches who’ve merged to create mega churches using computers and “a lot of video”.   (remember what Zuckerberg predicted?)  A ministry intern with East Tenth Street Church of Christ is now charged with sex crimes after allegedly admitting to having sex with ‘underage’ girls.

Ohio:  In Bartholomew County the Ohio Chapel United Methodist Church and the Triumphant Baptist Church were burgled, vandalized and even set on fire!  Homelessness has become so bad that two additional churches have joined Serving Homeless Alternative Lodging Of Middletown (SHALOM), meaning there are now 13 churches trying to deal with the growing number of homeless people, but apparently the program only runs during the Winter.  Members of Abundant Life Ministries held a meeting after their pastor was arrested for sex crimes, and to discuss the church’s debts.  The members were told by a Calvary Bishop that their church would not shutdown this month.  It turns out the arrested pastor has a criminal record extending from the mid-1990s to the past year.  German immigrant christian founded Kroger shutting down a grocery store in the Southland Shopping Center in Toledo, 115 jobs gone by mid-August!  Fair Hills Church considering selling its 16 hectare (40 acre) campus to Sinclair Community College.

Oklahoma: Oklahoma City based Evangelical owned Hobby Lobby was fined for illegally importing stolen archaeological artifacts, which implies that christian Hobby lobby was supporting Islamic State as that’s where most stolen artifacts are coming from.  Hobby Lobby’s christian owners said they didn’t understand import laws, which is a flat lie because the overwhelming majority of products sold by Hobby Lobby are imported into the U.S. by Hobby Lobby.

Oregon: Youth homelessness so bad that Saint Vincent de Paul of Lane County began remodeling the former Cascade Presbyterian Church, in Eugene, into a Youth House.  The $1.85-million USD homeless shelter project is partially funded by donations from locals. Teen-aged homelessness has become such a problem in Oregon that church member Paul Neville stated “Many of them end up couch-surfing with acquaintances, and some end up on the streets, where they are vulnerable to violence, drugs and a thriving human-trafficking trade the along the Interstate 5 corridor.”  Oregon public schools reported more than 21-thousand homeless students in 2016-17, with almost 2-thousand being pre-kindergarten age!

Pennsylvania:  God decided to strike ‘his’ Saint Agatha Roman Catholic Church of Meadville with lighting, damaging the phone system.   God powerless to stop ‘his’ Saint Monica Senior School bowling alley from being vandalized and burgled.  In Bethlehem, police caught two men dealing heroin out of the Trinity Episcopal Church.  It was the result of undercover work by police who, for some unexplained reason, had suspected the church was being used for drug dealing.  The former Ascension of Our Lord Church in Philadelphia has been revealed to be a heroin addict’s sanctuary.  The revelation was made by a utility manager who took pictures, saying “There were so many people in there it looked like they were waiting for Mass to start.”  It turns out the homeless drug addicts fled to the abandoned church after Philadelphia police drove them away from an active church that was providing them with food.  The Christ Centered Church reports that 75% of their members are former prisoners (mostly for drug crimes), the remaining 25% are relatives of the former ‘offenders’.  Church leaders boast that since 2011 only 5% of their ex-offender members re-offended!  A former youth minister with Southminster Church in Mount Lebanon is charged with fondling a teen-aged girl.  Police claim the former minister confessed.

Tennessee: Council of Bishops of Nashville based African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME) stated “The NAACP boasts that it is the oldest civil rights organization in the country. While this is true and ought to make us proud, longevity alone is not proof of relevance. For the reality is that today the NAACP is smaller and less influential than it has ever been in its history as an organization. Today the NAACP intimidates no one. To be perfectly honest, the same challenges that face the NAACP, face mainline faith denominations. We are old, and have not structured or positioned ourselves to meet the times in which our congregants live. The Black Church is seeking to confront its own challenges and we call upon the NAACP to do the same.”  Donald Trump hating, Seventh Day Adventist founded Kellogg Company (Kellogg’s) shutting down its Rossville Eggo waffle factory, 117 jobs (some reports say 155 jobs) gone between September and December!

Texas: In San Antonio, KENS reported that “Cow tongue found stabbed through” the door of the Botánica de Sanación del Espiritu Santo (Healing Botany Of The Holy Spirit) church.  For some odd reason the paranoid church members thought it was a human heart, witnesses said even superstitious police thought it was some kind of human organ.   In Denison, an abandoned church on Armstrong Avenue and Hull Street was torn down under the guise of “Keeping Denison Beautiful and Moving Forward”.  It’s being replaced with for-profit apartments.   In Longview, after 99 years Kerns Bakery suddenly shutdown, selling everything off, after failing to find a buyer willing to continue the operation the frustrated owners blamed god: “God has closed door after door for us to move and expand the bakery.  Due to this we believe that He is pointing our family down a new path in life.” 

Utah:  A FLDS (fundamentalist mormon) leader was ‘re-captured’ and charged with welfare fraud, money laundering and failing to appear in court.  Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (mormon) announced that they will continue supporting, temporarily, the now homosexual accepting Boy Scouts of America.  LDS Church Public Affairs reporting that the number of mormons in Utah County increased by 37-thousand-475 between 2013 and 2016, and it’s a huge business opportunity: “The church has teams of realtors, architects, and legal counsel that go through the area trying to look for long-term needs.”-Michael Merz, Freedom Stake president

Virginia:  The Rocky Mount Town Council denied a request by Tabernacle of Praise Church of Christ to establish a church in an industrial zone.  The town council said “They’re not making any more land. Industrial property is extremely difficult to come by.”   In Virginia Beach, the old Hilltop Community Church was torn down, to be replaced by a Germany based  grocery store.

Washington: Adventist Health issued a shutdown WARN for its Walla Walla ops, 371 jobs lost by mid-August!

Wisconsin: Saint Matthew’s Church in Oak Creek was vandalized.  Christian agnostic Warren Buffett owned meat packer Oscar Mayer-Kraft shutdown its 1-hundred years old factory in Madison, as a result of the 2015 merger of Kraft-Heinz and Oscar Mayer.

2nd Quarter 2017 U.S. Christian Rapture: “no longer feasible”

“But the root of all these evils is the love of money, and there are some who have desired it and have erred from the faith and have brought themselves many miseries.”-1 Timothy 6:10 Aramaic Bible

“And Yeshua entered the temple and drove out all those who were buying and selling in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. And he said to them, It is written: ‘My house will be called the House of prayer, but you have made it a den of robbers.’ “-Matthew 21:12-13 Aramaic Bible

“Yeshua said to them, ‘Give what is Caesar’s to Caesar and what is God’s to God.’ And they marveled at him.”-Mark 12:17 Aramaic Bible

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.-1st Amendment, U.S. Constitution

WARN=Worker Adjustment & Retraining Notification

Former employees of religious non-profits might not qualify for unemployment assistance (or even be counted as unemployed): “If the non-profit organization is a church, you may or may not be entitled to unemployment. It all depends upon state regulations for church employers. In many cases, churches are allowed to set their own rules regarding unemployment benefits, meaning the church can choose whether to offer benefits to former employees.”

The lies of economic decline: Pocatello Staples shutdown blamed on the internet!

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“As customers shift online, we are taking aggressive action to right-size our retail footprint.”-official Staples statement

There are two main lies being propagated by unAmerican corporate America (and the government that supports those corporations): Not enough ‘qualified’ U.S. citizens to fill vacant positions, and internet competition.

Staples on Hurley Drive in Pocatello, Idaho, shutting down in August.

Staples on Hurley Drive in Pocatello, Idaho, shutting down in August.

On 20 July 2017, Mitt Romney co-founded wunderkind Staples announced they will shutdown their Pocatello, Idaho, location in August.  They blame “customers” for shopping online.

Remember, Staples sells online as well as in brick-n-mortar stores.

I’ve pointed out before that online sales aren’t that big.  Just this year Karen Edwards, instructor at University of South Carolina’s College of Hospitality Retailing and Sport Management, stated to local news media that internet sales make up only 10%-15% of all U.S. retail sales!  This is really part of a conspiracy by the retail industry to shift to internet only operations, mainly because the cost of operating a brick-n-mortar store (especially rent and utilities) now outweighs sales at those stores.

Don’t blame the Internet: Idaho internet sales tax collections flat-line!