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"I did not think I was going to be choked up like that," Englert told NBC News in an interview Saturday.
"I always use the intercom to announce specials and make sales announcement and I’m sort of known for adding some fun to them, so I thought on the last day the associates would appreciate me saying something sentimental. I didn’t know what I was going to say five minutes before I said it," Englert said.
Kmart has battled tectonic changes in the retail landscape over the past two decades. Once the second-largest discount retailer, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2002 and merged with Sears in 2004. The tumult resulted in the shedding of stores like Englert's location.
A Michigan photographer is asking for the collective power of the internet to help him find a couple of whom he took a stunning picture in what he believes was the moment they got engaged at Yosemite National Park.
Matthew Dippel tweeted the photo, saying he took it at Taft Point at Yosemite on Oct. 6. "Twitter help, idk who these two are but I hope this finds him," he wrote.
The image is jaw-droppingly incredible, capturing the moment the man gets down on one knee and takes the woman's hand. They're standing on a cliff, nothing around them except the park's magestic mountains.
The tweet has had more than 192,000 likes and 86,000 retweets since it was posted Wednesday afternoon. As of early Friday, Dippel still had not found the couple, according to an updated post below the photo.
Dippel, who was on a road trip and hike adventure with his pal at the time he captured the moment, told NBC's Grand Rapids affiliate WOOD-TV that he posted similar messages on Facebook and Instagram to no avail.
"Honestly I'd like to give them just a big print of the photo because it's such an incredible moment,” he told WOOD-TV.
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Much has changed in the art world over the centuries since the world's best-loved operas were written. As the Washington National Opera opens its 62nd season, News4's Barbara Harrison reports the women in the footlights aren't the only ones who make news.
But it’s the branding behind the new store that is shaking upsome neighbors, who wonder why Whole Foods is trying to make “South Capitol Hill” happen.
“This store is uniquely designed for the South Capitol Hill shopper” Nick DiMarco, the store’s team leader, said in a statement Wednesday. “From convenient shopping, to delicious dining options and a comfortable atmosphere; we’ve got something for everyone and I can’t wait to welcome our neighbors into their new community store.”
But there is still disagreement about the Navy Yard name. Bonnie Trein, a spokeswoman for the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District, said the name is derived from the adjacent Washington Navy Yard and the D.C. Metro’s Navy Yard station.
“The neighborhood has been referred to as Near Southeast and Near Southeast Waterfront, and Navy Yard became the most prominent,” Trein said.
Given the lack of consensus on a neighborhood name, the BID led a branding survey among community members and property owners in 2007, arriving at Capitol Riverfront as a consensus name to include all 500 acres of land that include the Ballpark District, Navy Yard, Buzzard Point, The Yards and more.
When Whole Foods contacted the Capitol Riverfront BID and mentioned the new store’s name, Trein said she reacted with surprise.
“They actually mentioned the name in an email that was along the lines of South Capitol Hill,” Trein said. “For me, it’s not on South Capitol Street, and this is going to be very confusing.”
Trein said the BID followed up with Whole Foods to point out the confusing name, even offering to explain the geography of the area, but were ignored.
“They said thanks for the clarification, but this is actually being used for internal purposes at the time. We heard nothing more until they came out with the official name,” Trein said. “What we’re not sure if they realize is that the Capitol Riverfront community is growing rapidly.”
Whole Foods did not respond to a request for comment.
The neighborhood has seen an explosion in population and development since the opening of Nationals Park. Trein projected that a total of 14,000 residents will live in the Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront area by the beginning of 2020.
Resident Caroline Kenny also was skeptical of the South Capitol Hill branding.
“I just had never heard of it at all before Whole Foods started using the term leading up to their opening,” she said. “Don’t understand the thought process, because Navy Yard/Capitol Riverfront has been so hot and on the up and up lately, so not sure why they wouldn’t want to associate with the neighborhood.”
“No one likes it. I reject it,” said Navy Yard resident Brittany Shepherd, who thinks this is the latest attempt to rebrand the community.
And local news blogger Dan Silverman, the guy behind Popville.com, seems to agree that the name is out of place.
“I mean if you’re gonna go for it, you might as well go all the way – I’m talking SoCap. SoCap. Sup SoCap? No, God Dang it, I can’t do it. Not even in jest,” Silverman wrote last week.
"’South Capitol Hill’ hits a soft spot for me because my late husband always wanted the neighborhood south of the freeway to be called ‘South of Capitol Hill,’ which would be shortened to #SoCHill,” Dupree wrote in an email. “To me it’s always still Near Southeast.”
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