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The Dollar Tree that we visited in Jersey City was filled with boxes and messy shelves.

We visited a Dollar Tree in both a city and a suburb to compare. They were so different we couldn’t believe they were part of the same chain.

We compared Dollar Tree stores in a New Jersey city and a Florida suburb and the difference was extraordinarily stark.
The Dollar Tree that we visited in Jersey City was filled with boxes and messy shelves.

We visited a Dollar Tree in both a city and a suburb to compare. They were so different we couldn’t believe they were part of the same chain.

We compared Dollar Tree stores in a New Jersey city and a Florida suburb and the difference was extraordinarily stark.
A wall of baby Crocs makes a huge mural in a Manhattan Crocs store.

I hated Crocs more than anyone, but just one store visit made me understand why teens love the brand

Crocs are back and the company is doing better than ever. I went to a Manhattan store to see why and came away with a new appreciation for the shoe.
Forever 21 will shutter 350 stores globally.

We shopped at Forever 21 the day after the fast-fashion retailer filed for bankruptcy and saw firsthand why it’s in hot water

We visited Forever 21 stores in New York City and London the day after the bankruptcy and saw firsthand why the company is in trouble.
"Step into any Hot Topic store and you can easily see which fandoms are popular at any given time," said Steve Vranes, the CEO of Hot Topic.

We went to Hot Topic and saw how the chain is beating the odds amid record-low mall traffic by catering to every pop culture niche

We visited the store and saw its brilliant strategy for surviving amid declining mall traffic by becoming places where teens and others can geek out.
Trader Joe's sells a lot of delicious products through its own private label.

We shopped for groceries at Costco and Trader Joe’s and easily saw which store is better for the average shopper

Costco sells items in bulk, while Trader Joe's is catered to the average shopper. Both have their own in-house brand of products, but which is better?
The small-format Target store in Tribeca carried most of what Target traditionally has, but not everything.

We compared a small Target store in the city with a suburban-style Target. Here’s how they stacked up.

Target has been expanding its fleet of small-format stores in cities like New York and Los Angeles. Here's how they compare to a traditional Target.
Pineapple cider on display at Trader Joe's.

We went shopping at Walmart and Trader Joe’s and saw how the smaller chain could threaten the superstore’s dominance in grocery

Walmart might have the advantage of size, but Trader Joe's has a superior shopping experience for several reasons.
The North Face store in Soho, Manhattan.

We went shopping at The North Face’s new interactive store, complete with the scents of Yosemite, and saw how it could be the future of the bran...

The North Face is revamping its global physical store strategy, debuting a new aesthetic starting with its it store in Soho, Manhattan.
Vegan and gluten-free veggie straws at Trader Joe's

We shopped at both Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s, and the Amazon-owned chain was disappointing in comparison

Trader Joe's and Whole Foods both target the health-conscious consumer. But which is better? From prices to store branding, Trader Joe's dominates.