With and Without Face Masks, Shoppers Brave Smoky Air in Walnut CreekSo much smoke from the Camp Fire in Butte County flowed into the Bay Area that staying outside all day was like smoking a half dozen cigarettes. Christin Ayers found a number of people in Walnut Creek who were undaunted on their march through the mall. (11-9-18)
Richmond Retailers Call for Better Policing to Bring Back ShoppersBusiness owners in Richmond say crime is cutting into their bottom line. They're pushing police to step up patrols along the busy 23rd Street corridor so their customers will come back. Christin Ayers reports. (10-11-18)
Suspects Charged in String of Apple Store BurglariesAttorney General Xavier Becerra said the individuals were responsible for Apple retail stores thefts in 19 counties that resulted in the loss of over $1 million. Da Lin reports. (9-27-18)
ConsumerWatch: Cashier CrackdownYou go to lunch, the cashier rings you up then turns the register around and asks you to sign. As it turns out -- that's illegal. Consumer reporter Julie Watts reports on why many stores can't seem to get the law right. (8-30-18)
New Startup Uses Self Driving Car To Deliver Groceries To SJ HomesA bright green and yellow car could change the way you get your groceries soon. Maria Medina reports on a new startup in San Jose that delivers food in a self-driving car.
Apple Store Robbery In Corte Madera Caught on CameraAnother robbery at a North Bay Apple store is prompting questions about what security guards are doing. Da Lin reports. (8-23-18)
Bay Area Based Orchard Supply Hardware to Close All LocationsOSH, the company that started in then-sleepy, agriculture-based San Jose during the Depression announced it will close all its stores. Devin Fehely reports. (8-22-18)
Muni Tunnel Construction Hammers West Portal BusinessesWork on the Twin Peaks tunnel is scaring away customers along West Portal Avenue in San Francisco. Mary Lee reports. (7-19-18)
Build-A-Bear Stores Swamped with Customers on Pay Your Age DayPay Your Age Day didn’t go as expected for Build-A-Bear-Workshop. Massive lines all around the country forced the retail company to close its promotion in many locations. Julie Watts wraps up coverage from several Bay Area locations. (7-12-18)
Supreme Court Rules States Can Force Online Shoppers to Pay Sales TaxConsumers can expect to see sales tax charged on more online purchases — likely over the next year and potentially before the Christmas shopping season — as states and retailers react to the court's decision. Len Ramirez reports. (6-21-18)
Metal Shop Sues Berkeley Bowl for Emeryville EvictionThe popular East Bay independent grocery store trying to expand is being sued for allegedly attempting to kick out a 70-year-old business next door. Da Lin reports. (6-15-18)
Learn Secret Codes To Save Even More Money At CostcoIf you're a Costco shopper, you already know the great deals. Consumerwatch talked to a prosumer who says you may have you been walking past secret codes that could save you money?
S.F. Chinatown Bustling as Shoppers Stock Up for Lunar New YearLong lines for food and cash formed outside markets and banks in San Francisco's Chinatown on Thursday on the eve of the Year of the Dog which begins on Friday. Mary Lee reports. (2-15-18)
Empty Storefronts in San Francisco Show Impact of Years of Rising RentsSoaring rents in the city are squeezing out small businesses. Susie Steimle spoke to a lawmaker who says San Francisco needs to start cracking down on commercial landlords. (2-9-18)
Southern California Woman Sues Walmart to End Policy of ‘Segregating’ Beauty ProductsEssie Grundy told reporters at a news conference Friday she has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Walmart after having to ask for assistance to buy a 49-cent comb, which was among several products kept in a glass case though products for other races were easily available. Andria Borba reports. (1-26-18)
Shuttered Sears in San Rafael Another Symptom of Widespread Mall MaladySears was one of the longtime anchor stores at the Northgate Mall in San Rafael. Now comes word it is closing and it marks a growing trend in retail. Emily Turner reports. (1-5-18)
FDA Investigation: Recalled Foods Remain In Stores Days After RecallAn investigation has yielded some troubling results concerning the way the FDA handles recalls. Anna Werner reports that some recalled foods aren't immediately pulled from store shelves, leaving you at risk.
Eve Of Christmas Eve Bay Area Streets Full Of Last Minute ShoppersThe day before Christmas Eve has been dubbed Super Saturday. Andria Borba talked to shoppers to see what they were buying, and not buying.
Christmas Shopping Procrastinators Head to the Malls126 million consumers plan to hit the malls on "Super Saturday." Maria Medina asked a few of them at Valley Fair mall in San Jose, "why so late?" (12-22-17)
Mom 'n' Pop Shops Hoppin' While Malls a-Floppin'Shopping malls are struggling with the continued rise of online shopping but according to Bloomberg mom-and-pop businesses have outpaced the big chain stores. (12-22-17)
Great Holiday Gift Ideas Guaranteed To PleaseLifestyle expert Amy Sewell shares some great holiday gift ideas with Bay Sunday host Kenny Choi.
Residents Protest Plan to Build Costco in PleasantonPlans to put a new Costco store in Pleasanton are not going over well with some neighbors. Da Lin reports. (12-14-17)
Bay Area Shoppers Spending More as Black Friday Kicks Into GearShoppers are hitting the stores on this Black Friday and they're ready to shell out some serious cash. Sharon Chin reports. (11-24-17)
Black Friday Deals Expand to Become 'Black November'Black Friday is just the start of a month-long marathon of deals and sales. Anne Makovec reports. (11-24-17)