Ghoulish seasonal shops to scare up business
Look for Halloween Express, which has been a familiar visitor to Rochester for many Octobers, to open in the Apache Mall parking lot in a temporary tent-like structure this year.
Signs are also up for another retail transient — Spirit Halloween — in the storefront by Kohl's in south Rochester. That's spot that was left vacant when Old Navy pulled up anchor and sailed farther south to Shoppes on Maine in November.
It looks as if Spirit is cut from the same black cloth as Express. It's a national operation that has seasonal stores selling scary and fun costumes and decorations in every state.