December 19, 2008

December 19, 2008
Be Careful Where You Shop

Welcome to another day in my life as long term survivor of HIV and AIDS. I hope you had a great week and we are almost to the weekend.

Today we had our HIV community Christmas luncheon at Church Christ of Peace here in Jacksonville. There were almost 200 in attendance for the great food and raffles for presents. Our project took care of all the children at the luncheon and made sure they all received at least one gift which is the highlight of the luncheon for me.

It was also great seeing members of my community and the NFAN employees I usually only see once a month. I would like to thank Donna Fuchs and the NFAN employees for making the event a great one for everyone.

Now on to the topic for today. You better be careful where you are buying gift for people for Christmas.

There could be some good deals out there, but also watch those store money cards and gift cards and credit slips!

Stores that informed the Security Exchange of closing plans between October 2008 and January 2009.

Circuit City stores... most recent (? how many)

Ann Taylor- 117 stores nationwide are to be shuttered

Lane Bryant,, Fashion Bug ,and Catherine's to close 150 store nationwide

Eddie Bauer to close stores 27 stores and more after January

Cache will close all stores

Talbots closing down all stores

J. Jill closing all stores

GAP closing 85 stores

Footlocker closing 140 stores more to close after January

Wickes Furniture closing down

Levitz closing down remaining stores

Bombay closing remaining stores

Zales closing down 82 stores and 105 after January.

Whitehall closing all stores

Piercing Pagoda closing all stores

Disney closing 98 stores and will close more after January.

Home Depot closing 15 stores 1 in NJ (New Brunswick)

Macys to close 9 stores after January

Linens and Things closing all stores

Movie Galley Closing all stores

Pacific Sunware closing stores

Pep Boys Closing 33 stores

Sprint/ Nextel closing 133 stores

JC Penney closing a number of stores after January

Ethan Allen closing down 12 stores.

Wilson Leather closing down all stores

Sharper Image closing down all stores

K B Toys closing 356 stores

Loews to close down some stores

Dillard's to close some stores.

If a business closes down their store gift card will not be worth anything so I am urging people to use their gift card right after Christmas.

I hope you have a safe and great weekend. Some of you will be leaving for where you will be spending Christmas and I wish you safe travels. Let me know how your trip went when you return.

Wishing you health, hope and happiness.

Big bear hug,

Daddy Dab