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Too Close For Comfort

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Is it bad for business when too many beauty retailers occupy the same area?
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In a diverse suburban community just a stone's throw west of Chicago, general manager of K-Stone Beauty Supply Joe Seok has helped run his family’s ethnic beauty supply and wig emporium in the heart of the Village of Oak Park’s bustling commercial district for more than 20 years.

Retailers Have the Ball

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Experts say retailers have the advantage in today’s marketplace. Here’s why.
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In recent years, retailers have been confronted by behemoth impacts on the marketplace, namely the global economy and the steep rise of the Technology Age. Both have drastically shifted the customer-retailer relationship as consumers have subsequently led by virtue of their lower budgets and quick grasp of technological advantages, leaving retailers to follow them for the sake of their profits and edge over their competition.

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