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Online shopping bites into J. Alexander’s same-store sales

Casual-dining operator says lower fourth-quarter retail traffic hurt sales at some restaurants

Some J. Alexander’s and Redlands Grill restaurants apparently didn’t have a merry Christmas.

The casual-dining chains, both operated by Nashville, Tenn.-based J. Alexander’s Holdings Inc., traditionally see strong sales between Thanksgiving and Christmas, at locations near malls and heavy retail areas.

But during the company’s fourth-quarter earnings call Thursday, executives indicated that such traffic has been slowing, at least in those retail-heavy areas, for the pa

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