NEW YORK — With the city’s transit strike talks still unresolved, retailers here have put contingency plans for their employees in place. At this juncture, while retailers are clearly worried about the potential strike’s effect on holiday sales, their first priority lies in sufficiently staffing their stores for shoppers who do make the trek.

Bloomingdale’s has contracted buses that will pick up employees at Penn Station and the Upper West Side. "Obviously, we’ve encouraged people to take cars, and we’ll be evaluating the situation as it goes on," said aBloomingdale’s spokeswoman. "We are also very well situated in the suburbs with stores in Westchester, New Jersey and Long Island, so I think a lot of the people will choose to use those stores."

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