August 6, 2005 |
There's an undeniable reality shaping up in shopping land: Midrange department stores have been suffering a nerve-jangling, long-term identity crisis that's practically scared off their shoppers. The effects became clear late last month when Federated Department Stores Inc. announced that by early next year it would close 68 of the midpriced Robinsons-May stores, including 14 in Southern California and 21 in the region.
September 13, 1991 |
First Interstate Bancorp, feeling the effects of the soft California economy and a continuing slide in the state's real estate market, said Thursday that it is cutting its work force by 3,500, with as many as half of the layoffs expected in California. The layoffs are part of a companywide restructuring that will result in a $200-million loss in the third quarter. The bank will take a $90-million third-quarter charge, mostly for severance pay.
January 5, 1996 |
For sheer brashness, it's hard to top what investment broker S. Jay Goldinger did the day his horse Putting won the seventh race at Hollywood Park. Invited into the winner's circle for a celebratory photograph, Goldinger arrived bearing a "for sale" sign to hang on the horse--earning him a dressing-down from track stewards. But Goldinger was never one to let conventional notions of decorum or prudence cramp his style.
August 14, 1990 |
The last picture show of its kind folded quietly a few weeks back, but don't expect any public mourning. Oh sure, men who didn't get the word still walk up to the ticket window, only to be disappointed. And as they slink back to their cars, they don't want to give their names, don't want their pictures taken, don't want to rhapsodize over memorable films they watched in darkness.
October 15, 1991 |
Lawry's California Center, a Los Angeles attraction for the past 30 years, will close on Jan. 3, yet another Southland culinary landmark to fall during the recent recession. Its cost-conscious owner, Thomas J. Lipton Co. of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., said Monday that the closure of the 17-acre site northeast of Dodger Stadium is part of a companywide consolidation.
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November 16, 2007 |
San Bernardino's most notorious strip club was ordered shut down by police late Wednesday, giving the city at least a brief victory in its years-long effort to close up the Flesh Club. Vice officers who entered the club were enforcing an injunction from a local judge who ruled last month that dancers were selling sexual services at the club with the approval of management. The order closed the business at the stroke of midnight for eight months. City Atty.
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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.
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October 8, 1998 |
Like a marinara sauce spooned over pasta, the word spread slowly Wednesday through the noontime lunch crowd filling the cozy banquettes and tables at Little Joe's. After 101 years of helping feed Los Angeles, the famed Italian restaurant in the middle of Chinatown announced that it is closing. "This is awful, just awful," moaned Neil Olsen, who has dined at Little Joe's since 1936--when he was a 5-year-old who regularly accompanied his parents for spaghetti dinners.
September 17, 1991 |
Silverwoods, a Southern California retailing institution for 70 years, will close its 18 stores early next year because of slumping sales, its parent company said Monday. The stores--which feature tailored men's and women's business apparel--will be shut down soon after the Christmas season, said General Manager Bruce Amster. The chain's 250 employees will be laid off or relocated. Headquartered in Santa Ana, Silverwoods is a division of Hartmarx Specialty Stores Inc.
June 9, 2010 |
Walt Disney Co. is shutting down most of its ESPN Zone stores, a chain of sports-themed restaurants in seven cities, according to a person familiar with the matter. The only outlets to remain open are those tied to a Disney property, such as the Downtown Disney shopping district in Anaheim. ESPN Zone opened in 1998 to capitalize on ESPN's brand, while bringing Disney's family-friendly atmosphere to the sports bar concept. The upscale eateries serve burgers and brews as walls of big-screen TVs beam baseball and other sporting events into the dining area.