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The grocery and discount retailer Meijer made headlines earlier this month with its second wave of store openings in the Milwaukee area. Shock waves have already been reverberating through other parts of the retail community here since the opening of a Nordstrom Rack discount store in the past year.

Milwaukee is relatively friendly to discount retailers. However, the opening of Wisconsin's first full-fledged Nordstrom department store shows it is also a competitive place at the higher end.

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With Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, upon us, it's nice to think of days of yore when Christmas shopping meant a trip downtown to a fancy department store. 

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Milwaukee retail and civic leaders have spent the last several days in Las Vegas attending an event they hope will leave a mark on the city's retail scene.