Historic Triangle sees shift to online retail

Historic Triangle sees shift to online retail

Brenda Douros's business has been selling home decor and antiques in a traditional retail shop for 40 years.

On Feb. 15, she plans to close the Lamplighter Shoppe at 1322 Jamestown Road and transform her business into an online-only retail shop.

"I think online is going to be very important," Douros said.

The Historic Triangle is seeing the larger nationwide shift in the shopping economy as more people move away from bricks-and-mortar businesses to buy goods online. Consumers began buying more items online than in traditional retail stores for the first time, according to a survey published in June by the United Parcel Service and comScore.

The National...