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March 22, 1987
Wickes Companies Inc. said that it has leased a 127,718-square-foot building in Irvine to house the division offices for its Builders Emporium unit. The value of the lease was not disclosed. Occupancy of the building, one of two at Amberdon Plaza, 1833 Alton Ave., is scheduled for June. The lease is for 10 years. The company plans to offer 38,000 square feet of unused space to another as yet undetermined tenant.
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February 23, 2011 | By Andrea Chang and W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Corporate turnaround expert Sanford C. Sigoloff, credited with leading ailing companies such as Wickes Cos. out of bankruptcy but criticized by many as a tough-as-nails boss, has died. He was 80. Sigoloff died of complications from pneumonia Saturday with his family by his side at his Brentwood home. He also had Alzheimer's disease. Sigoloff, whose stern voice and lean figure were familiar to millions of Southern Californians from his "We got the message, Mr. Sigoloff" television commercials for Wickes' now-defunct Builders Emporium chain, was an ace at salvaging debt-laden companies.
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BUSINESS
November 6, 1992 | ANNE MICHAUD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With the ink barely dry on his resignation as president of Carter Hawley Hale Stores, H. Michael Hecht said Thursday that he will take the position of president at Builders Emporium. Hecht announced Tuesday that he was leaving Carter Hawley Hale, which operates the Broadway and other department stores. Analysts speculated that Hecht left Carter Hawley, which has just emerged from bankruptcy, because he was not being considered for the post of chief executive.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 26, 1991
Si L. Bercutt, who opened the first Builders Emporium store 45 years ago in Van Nuys, has died at an Encino hospital. He was 84. A longtime North Hollywood resident, Bercutt died Wednesday of complications of diabetes and Parkinson's disease, said his wife, Ruth Bercutt. Born in Russia, Bercutt and his family escaped to Romania during the Russian Revolution. He came to the United States as a teen-ager and lived in Tulsa, Okla.
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August 25, 1993 | DAVID W. MYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Builders Emporium, which started as a modest hardware store in the San Fernando Valley and grew to become the largest home improvement chain in Southern California, said Tuesday that it will close all of its 82 California retail outlets and lay off nearly all of its 3,800 Southland workers by the end of October.
BUSINESS
June 30, 1989 | NANCY YOSHIHARA
Builders Emporium, the Irvine-based home improvement chain, has named James T. McKitrick as its new president and chief executive. He succeeds acting president Ted W. Kazleman, who continues as executive vice president. Kazleman had assumed the presidency in April when Jack Edwards resigned as president and chief executive for personal reasons. The changes are effective immediately. McKitrick, 43, previously was executive vice president and chief administrative officer of Ames Department Stores and chairman of its Zayre Discount Stores.
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August 25, 1993 | DAVID W. MYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Builders Emporium, which started as a modest hardware store in the San Fernando Valley and grew to become the largest home improvement chain in Southern California, said Tuesday that it will close all of its 82 California retail outlets and lay off nearly all of its 3,800 Southland workers by the end of October.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Vons Cos., Southern California's biggest grocer, is gobbling up 53 Builders Emporium leases in a shutout strategy against competitors. Builders Emporium, based in Irvine, is liquidating its 97 home improvement stores, which are about the same size as supermarkets. Analysts expect Vons to convert six or eight to markets and hold the others until commercial rents rebound--then market them to non-rivals. "It shows how ingenious Vons' management is," Salomon Bros. analyst Jonathan Ziegler said.
BUSINESS
December 14, 1988 | NANCY YOSHIHARA, Times Staff Writer
When Sanford C. Sigoloff, star of the Builders Emporium commercials, made a quiet exit from the company, he left behind one big problem. How would the home improvement chain replace its high profile spokesman, whose "We got the message, Mr. Sigoloff!" television ad campaign helped turn around the chain's fortunes. For the time being, Builders Emporium has slipped in a substitute: actor William Wintersole. But his ads are running for only a week, ending Dec. 17.
BUSINESS
April 13, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Ross to Convert Six Builder's Emporium Locations: The company said it has acquired six of the sites and will convert them to Dress for Less stores. Ross Stores Inc. will open two of the six stores--one in Long Beach and another in San Juan Capistrano--on Saturday, a spokeswoman said. The other four will open in the summer and fall in Costa Mesa, Venice, Lake Forest and Los Angeles. The Newark-based discount retailer, which operates 250 stores in 18 states, has 116 stores in California.
BUSINESS
October 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Vons Cos., Southern California's biggest grocer, is gobbling up 53 Builders Emporium leases in a shutout strategy against competitors. Builders Emporium, based in Irvine, is liquidating its 97 home improvement stores, which are about the same size as supermarkets. Analysts expect Vons to convert six or eight to markets and hold the others until commercial rents rebound--then market them to non-rivals. "It shows how ingenious Vons' management is," Salomon Bros. analyst Jonathan Ziegler said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 3, 1993 | KURT PITZER
Liquidation sales began Thursday at Builders Emporium Stores, with a pledge by the San Fernando Valley-based company to empty its stores of the entire $160-million inventory, at any price. "When the sale is over, there will be nothing left," said Paul Buxbaum, a consultant for the going-out-of-business sale. "The merchandise will find its price. One way or another we'll get rid of it."
BUSINESS
August 26, 1993 | DAVID W. MYERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Large home-improvement centers should benefit most from Builders Emporium's decision to close all of its retail outlets, but mom-and-pop hardware stores that offer more personalized service should also get a boost, analysts said Wednesday. Consumers planning to fix up their houses should also benefit--at least over the next few months--as the Irvine-based chain slashes prices as part of its massive going-out-of-business sale.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1993 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Builders Emporium in Van Nuys, where the 97-store do-it-yourself chain was launched 47 years ago, a day of brisk hardware business Wednesday was tarnished by confusion, sorrow, anger and anxiety over the announcement that the firm is going out of business. Longtime employees and loyal customers alike spoke of feeling jilted by a company whose constancy they had hoped was as great as theirs. "I raised three kids by myself from that store," said salesman Paul Sewell of Pacoima.
BUSINESS
August 26, 1993 | DAVID W. MYERS and GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Large home improvement centers should benefit most from Builders Emporium's decision to close all of its retail outlets, but "mom-and-pop" hardware stores that offer more personalized service should also get a boost, analysts said Wednesday. Consumers planning to fix up their houses should also benefit--at least over the next few months--as the Irvine-based chain slashes prices as part of its massive "going-out-of-business" sale and competitors join the fray by launching big sales of their own.
BUSINESS
August 26, 1993 | DAVID W. MYERS and GREG JOHNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Large home improvement centers should benefit most from Builders Emporium's decision to close all of its retail outlets, but "mom-and-pop" hardware stores that offer more personalized service should also get a boost, analysts said Wednesday. Consumers planning to fix up their houses should also benefit--at least over the next few months--as the Irvine-based chain slashes prices as part of its massive "going-out-of-business" sale and competitors join the fray by launching big sales of their own.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1993 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Builders Emporium in Van Nuys, where the 97-store do-it-yourself chain was launched 47 years ago, a day of brisk hardware business was tarnished Wednesday by confusion, sorrow, anger and anxiety over the announcement that the firm is going out of business. Longtime employees and loyal customers spoke as if they felt jilted. "I raised three kids by myself from that store," said hardware salesman Paul Sewell of Pacoima. "All I make is $11.49 (an hour), and I been there close to 29 years. .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1993 | DOUG SMITH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the Builders Emporium in Van Nuys, where the 97-store do-it-yourself chain was launched 47 years ago, a day of brisk hardware business was tarnished Wednesday by confusion, sorrow, anger and anxiety over the announcement that the firm is going out of business. Longtime employees and loyal customers spoke as if they felt jilted. "I raised three kids by myself from that store," said hardware salesman Paul Sewell of Pacoima. "All I make is $11.49 (an hour), and I been there close to 29 years. .
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