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Consumer News: Amazon launches luxury store, Lowe’s its own ‘Shark Tank’

Enter Amazon. Company leaders announced Tuesday it’s going to start carrying high-end brands. They’re calling the new venture Luxury Stores, and it’s only available through the app for prime members and by invitation only. If you have Amazon Prime and you haven’t gotten your invitation, click here. The first designer being featured is Oscar de la Renta. You can open your Amazon app and see the fall/winter collection along with handbags jewelry and accessories.

Restaurants going belly up

Luxury retailers aren’t the only ones struggling. It’s a tough time to own a restaurant. And it seems selling take-out is not enough. According to the National Restaurant Association, 100,000 eateries have closed in the last six months. That means one in six have either closed down permanently or for the foreseeable future. And nearly 3 million restaurant employees are out of work. Those that are still open are struggling. Last

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Best smart home products for 2020 that aren’t made by Google or Amazon

Google and Amazon dominate the smart home market. Beyond Amazon’s growing roster of Echo smart speakers, the tech giant also owns home security brands Ring and Blinkand Wi-Fi router brand Eero. Smart thermostat maker Ecobee gets funding from Amazon. Google owns Nest and brought the company further under its control this year, rebranding most of its connected devices from “Google Home” to “Google Nest,” like the Google Nest Mini and the Google Nest Hub

Our current list of best smart home devices features 12 products; seven of them are Amazon or Google devices — or devices made by Amazon- or Google-owned (or funded) companies. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing. They’re all solid gadgets and we heartily recommend them. As much as Google and Amazon (the latter especially) deserve credit for bringing some much needed organization to the smart home category via

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Future Amazon in Mt. Juliet to bring road improvements

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A huge Amazon facility under construction in Mt. Juliet that is scheduled to be operational in 2021 has several road improvements to come with it.

The five-story facility is projected to have 3.52 million square feet of warehouse space and 80,000 square feet of office space on land off Golden Bear Gateway, East Division and Athletes Way North.

Road upgrades funded by the development include:

Traffic lights at Golden Bear Gateway and Athletes Way and the Interstate 40 eastbound on-ramp and I-40 westbound off-ramp, all scheduled to be complete before Amazon is issued its certificate of occupancy, Mt. Juliet Director of Public Works & Engineering Andy Barlow said.

  • Turn lanes at Golden Bear Gateway and Athletes Way and the I-40 westbound exit ramp to be done before the facility opens.
  • Greenway or multi-use paths along
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