January 27, 2009 |
Home Depot Inc. announced Monday that it was closing its 34 upscale Expo and other home specialty centers and laying off 7,000 people as a result of the crumbling U.S. housing market and worldwide economic downturn. The company said it would close its 34 sprawling Expo Design Center stores by April, including eight in Southern California, and 14 smaller stores. Some employees were stunned. "Shock. It was shock.
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January 17, 1992 |
For 111 years, the stores were symbols of decorum and good taste, places guaranteed to make a lasting impression on generations of wide-eyed children who tiptoed around, careful not to scratch the mahogany or crack the crystal. Yet 6-year-old Sarah Meyers and her brother, Bobby, 9, will have another reason for remembering how the end came Thursday to the venerable Barker Bros. furniture chain.
January 8, 2003 |
Donning a paper biohazard suit and plastic booties, Paul Bahan steps over a thin plastic tape that serves as the last line of defense for the 600,000-plus hens at his AAA Egg Farms. Bahan and other big egg producers in Southern California have put their farms on virtual lockdown, barring visitors, washing down trucks and disinfecting employees to keep their birds safe from exotic Newcastle disease. The deadly virus has led state officials to order the destruction of about 1.
July 2, 1997 |
They were standing three-deep at the bar at Mezzaluna, the now-infamous Brentwood eatery where Nicole Brown Simpson dined on the last night of her life and where Ron Goldman worked as a waiter. But this was neither lunch nor happy hour. This was a wake of sorts, a fire sale equipment auction at the once casually hip neighborhood restaurant that closed recently after seeing its business crippled by the media and star-gazing frenzy surrounding O.J. Simpson's criminal and civil trials.
August 25, 1993 |
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.
January 17, 2009 |
Bankrupt Circuit City Stores Inc. said Friday it was closing its 567 U.S. electronics stores and leaving its 34,000 employees jobless as the nation's employment picture grew bleaker. It was the worst day this year for news of layoffs, bank losses and store closings, and employers signaled more bad news ahead. Car rental firm Hertz Global Holdings Inc., oil producer ConocoPhillips, chip maker Advanced Micro Devices Inc. and health insurer WellPoint Inc.
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June 5, 2004 |
Tyrone Power's favorite pink fabric-covered booth. Frank Sinatra's martini-stained Steinway. The platters that served up steak Diane to Cary Grant and pumpernickel cheese toast to Charlie Chaplin. It is all up for grabs today when furnishings from Perino's Restaurant on Wilshire Boulevard are auctioned off. Perino's -- the last of the legendary eateries from Hollywood's Golden Age -- is about to become history, going the way of Chasen's, Sardi's and the Brown Derby.
February 18, 1998 |
For precious days, perhaps a week in the spring and fall, a blue heron pauses from migratory flight and settles into Ladybug Pond. J. Putnam Henck doesn't know whether it's the same bird that pays a visit each year. But he likes to think that it is.
January 30, 2003 |
Mr. Rags Acquisition Inc., a clothing chain that sells surf, skate and urban brands to teens and young adults, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The Long Beach-based chain, which was purchased eight months ago from teen accessories retailer Claire's Stores Inc., has struggled with a wide range of troubles, including weak sales, high rents and poorly located stores, President Gary Schettino said. Mr.
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September 24, 2004 |
Robert F. Kennedy Medical Center in Hawthorne announced Thursday that it will shut down Dec. 31, becoming the sixth Los Angeles County emergency room this year to close its doors because of financial problems. The move will force patients to find another hospital just as the flu season hits and underscores the strain facing the county's teetering emergency medical system.