The last few years haven’t been kind to the retail industry. That includes Newport on the Levee.
“Hot Topic” is the latest store giving up on the Levee. Not that outfitters for angry teens are the best barometer of success, but it’s depressing when your only shopping options are now Barnes & Noble and a store that sells pirate clothes.
And maybe the Levee is just going through a natural transition from “stores, restaurants, movies and an aquarium” to “bachelorette party headquarters, movies and an aquarium.” I guess that’s going to happen when you have to pay to park for the same stores you can find at any exit along 275.
Apparently, people around the Newport-ish area who are sick of driving fifteen minutes to a Target are getting their wish: a Target store is opening at the beginning of March next to the Newport Kroger. I AM GOING TO DRIVE BY IT A WHOLE LOT.
Maybe I’ll BUY THE ESS OUT OF SOME SHEETS, OR SOME CURTAINS. You know they have SCREEN PRINTED TEE-SHIRTS AND A LIMITED GROCERY SELECTION, TOO?
You can even find ELECTRONICS, BICYCLES, AND THOSE CONDOMS YOUR HIGH SCHOOL GIRLFRIEND LIKED.
Okay. I can feign enthusiasm for consumerism for only so long.