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February 19, 2001 | From Associated Press
At the Wisteria Village shopping center, grocery carts from a defunct Winn-Dixie supermarket sit idle near the front doors, and a pink neon seafood sign still glows in the back. Barely a mile away, a former Target department store looms over an empty, down-at-the-heel section of the Fountain Square center. Smaller shops overlooking acres of deserted parking lot feature "For Lease" signs. The death of shopping in a decrepit suburb? Hardly.
August 21, 2005 | Riley Ray Chiorando, Riley Ray Chiorando is a freelance writer based in Los Angeles.
When it comes to discount retailing in Los Angeles, there are two main players: the 99 Cents Only Stores chain and rival Big Lots. At Big Lots, with its higher price points, there's more variety. You're offered $10 dish sets, a plethora of small appliances, and lawn furniture so reasonably priced you don't feel so bad when you forget it at the beach. Among the four-quarter bargains at 99 Cents Only Stores, though, you can find something far more valuable: the truth.
The City Council has ended months of controversy over the future of "Horse Country" by tentatively approving regulations that favor large lots for horse-keeping while allowing construction of some low-density housing. The council is expected to take final action June 22. The new rules are designed to preserve the area's rustic atmosphere by increasing open space, lowering housing densities and imposing aesthetic controls.
In a pair of developments Monday illustrating the volatility of coaching in the NFL, the Washington Redskins replaced Coach Marty Schottenheimer with Steve Spurrier; and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers dumped Coach Tony Dungy, paving the way to hire Bill Parcells. The firings underscore the pressure league owners feel to win, and win now. Most are long on money, short on patience.
August 6, 2012 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Inside some of the busiest beauty salons in Los Angeles, you won't find scissors, hair dye or perm solution. What you will find is women packing the shops as early as 7 a.m., clutching cups of coffee and dressed for the office. After a quick wash, their locks are brushed and styled amid the steady hum of blow-dryers. Half an hour later, coiffed to perfection, they rush out to start their workdays. "I like to either start my workday in this salon chair or end it here," said Lauren Levin, 31, a regular at Drybar in West Hollywood, where 10 chairs were all filled on a recent Tuesday morning.
June 4, 2006 | Riley Ray Chiorando
Spotted recently at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: Jessica Simpson "The Dukes of Hazzard" poster Hayden Christensen "Star Wars: Episode III" fruit snack Interactive CD-ROM guide to grilling by star George Foreman "Madagascar" dog toy (Gloria, aka Jada Pinkett Smith) WWF paper party plates featuring The Rock
August 20, 2006 | Riley Ray Chiorando
Spotted recently on shelves at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: "Alexander" computer game with Colin Farrell (left) on the coverTony Hawk's Boom Boom Huckjam portfolio Enrique Iglesias mouse pad Newman's Own Caramel Cups "American Idol" backpack with the phrase "Goin' to Hollywood."
July 16, 2006 | Riley Ray Chiorando
Spotted recently at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: Orlando Bloom "Lord of the Rings" Legolas action figure TV-shaped Osbourne family cookie jar Buzz Lightyear toy cell- phone with the voice of Tim Allen Roberto Clemente Wheaties cereal "Fantastic 4" game with Michael Chiklis (at right as the Thing) that says "No Reading Required"
April 30, 2006 | Riley Ray Chiorando
Spotted recently on shelves at 99 Cents Only Stores and Big Lots locations: 40 DD bra from the Delta Burke Collection Heidi Klum chewy fat-free candy Tony Stewart personal NASCAR note cube Dennis Miller doll "Desperate Housewives" Dirty Laundry Game
December 3, 2010 | By Sharon Bernstein, Los Angeles Times
At HOWS Markets' flagship store in Granada Hills, customers picked at a dwindling supply of goods. Price signs were crooked, black plastic sheeting showed through the scattered produce, and a sign on the roof declared in red letters, "Total Liquidation Sale. " From the sound system came Elton John singing that "sad songs say so much. " It was a sad state of affairs for an upscale market chain co-founded in 1999 by the heir of the Hughes family supermarket dynasty. The stores featured high-quality produce and meats at the Granada Hills location, as well as in Malibu, Pasadena, Torrance, North Hollywood and Canyon Country.
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