R.H. Macy isn't even here yet, but it already has a competitor.
Home Express, a chain of home accessories stores, made its grand entree into Southern California Friday by opening 55,000-square-foot stores in Buena Park and Huntington Beach.
The chain's stores feature an art deco look and operate as a kind of combination discount house and specialty shop--or sort of warehouse chic.
"We're like five specialty shops mixed into one," said Don Phillips, vice president of operations.
There are lots of linens, sheets and comforters--alongside acres of dinnerware, cutlery and cookware. Then there's a huge electronics area, ready-to-assembly furniture and a "kids express" section with easel chalkboards and hide-a-bed tents. An "organization shop" is bulging with shelves, dividers and rows of multicolored plastic bins, bins and more bins of all kinds--for stacking, garbage and trash.