NEW YORK — Retailers have a tough decision to make in the next few weeks: how to mark the first anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon and plan for the day’s trading.

It’s a difficult and sensitive situation, compounded by anxieties that will be heightened that day with fears of another attack. Retailers in and out of New York expect reduced traffic in their stores, but note that 9/11 falls on a Wednesday, which would not draw as much volume as much volume as a Saturday or Sunday, and that back-to-school selling is past its peak.

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