Eternal Clearance Sale of the Spotless Suburban Strip-Mall
November 2, 2012 10:41 AM Subscribe
Please satisfy my curiosity re: The Never-Ending Clearance Sale Event.
posted by trunk muffins to shopping (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
There are a few major national chain brick-and-mortar stores in my new (very retail-heavy) neighborhood which have sported gigantic CLEARANCE EVENT banners outside the front doors continuously for a year now. These are stores that feature relatively specialized types of merchandise, not "big box" variety stores like Wal-Mart or Target. Both stores do have marked-down items, but not especially more of then than you'd find at any big retail store, and not in any organized fashion that I can see. These chains both have other stores in the area which do not fly the eternal CLEARANCE SALE banners.
Can anyone with insight into the management/workings of these types of establishments offer an explanation as to what's the deal with the eternal CLEARANCE EVENT... that doesn't actually seem to be? Is the banner a decision that would be handed down by corporate, or something the regional or store manager would decide? Do these stores serve as clearinghouses for unsold stock from other stores in the area? Is it just a sign that sales numbers are not up to snuff, and they're trying to attract eyeballs/customers? (Or maybe that sales are good but they want to do even better?)
I realize this is a frivolous question but I drive past both of these stores nearly every day and it's driving me bonkers.