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Sport Chalet to open store in downtown L.A. mall Figat7th

June 10, 2012|By Roger Vincent
  • An architect's rendering of a completed FIGat7th shopping center in downtown L.A. The mall is set to reopen in the fall.
An architect's rendering of a completed FIGat7th shopping center… (Brookfield Office Properties )

Sport Chalet Inc., a longtime Southern California sporting goods retailer, has agreed to open a store in downtown Los Angeles.

The La Canada Flintridge company will put an outlet in Figat7th, a mall at the intersection of Figueroa and Seventh streets undergoing a $40-million makeover by landlord Brookfield Office Properties.

Sports Chalet will join Target as anchors in the mall, which is set to reopen in the fall. Target Inc. announced in 2010 that it would take over space formerly occupied by Macy’s and Bullock’s department stores. The new Target is to be an urban model that will be smaller than most and carry a different merchandise mix, with a heavy emphasis on food and household basics.

Sport Chalet will occupy 26,800 square feet of space at the lower courtyard level of the mall, which opened in 1986. The ongoing makeover is intended to enhance its connection to the busy sidewalks in the city’s financial district near Staples Center, Brookfield said.

Downtown’s population has grown substantially in the last decade.

“Our customer definitely lives and works in the downtown community,” said Craig Levra, chief executive of Sport Chalet.


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