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February 8, 2007 | Jerry Hirsch
Tesco will call its new chain of grocery stores in the U.S. the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market, the British retailer said. The company was eyeing sites for 300 small grocery stores in Southern California, Las Vegas and Phoenix and was prepared to spend as much as $2 billion over five years on its launch, Tesco USA Chief Executive Tim Mason said. The first stores will open this year. Each market will be 10,000 square feet, about the size of a Trader Joe's grocery store.
September 28, 2012 | From Staff and Wire Reports
MINNEAPOLIS - A man who burst into a sign-making business in Minneapolis, fatally shooting the owner and four others before turning the gun on himself, had been fired from the company earlier in the day, police said Friday. Minneapolis Police Chief Tim Dolan identified the shooter, who injured at least three others in the Thursday afternoon attack, as Andrew J. Engeldinger, 36. A fourth victim died Friday after being hospitalized in critical condition. Engeldinger had been fired from his job at Accent Signage Systems earlier Thursday, Dolan said.
June 3, 2007 | Nicole LaPorte
IT was 40 minutes before the afternoon showing of "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," and things were getting busy outside Malibu's only movie house, in the Cross Creek Center. Two minivans pulled up, spilling out seven little girls, all of them shrieking as they raced up to the "Shrek the Third" poster. By all appearances, Malibu's cinema scene has fully rebounded since an April 2005 fire damaged what was then the Cross Creek Plaza Theater, forcing it to shut down.
August 12, 2012 | Maria L. La Ganga
Nine months after this former Navy town emerged from bankruptcy protection, its Police Department is about a third smaller than at its peak. The Fire Department has been slashed by nearly a quarter, and the median home price has dropped almost 70%. Half of the downtown storefronts are vacant. But when Shannon O'Hare looks at Vallejo, what he sees is "a dream come true. " A year after the city filed for Chapter 9, the artist and his wife bought their first house together here -- a three-bedroom post-Victorian -- for $142,000.
May 3, 2006 | S. Irene Virbila, Times Staff Writer
ANYONE who grew up in L.A. from the '30s through the '60s remembers running out to the Helms Bakery trucks that trolled the neighborhoods to buy all sorts of baked goods. Most of us too made a school field trip to the hulking bakery complex straddling Venice and Washington boulevards to see the magical transformation of flour, water and yeast into bread. Who could forget the way the scent of warm bread settled in a thick layer over Culver City in the early hours of the morning?
January 7, 2005 | By Carla Rivera
Nearly 10 years ago, a group of Silver Lake residents began a campaign for a public library branch in their quirky community, long noted for its modern architecture, indie rock scene and general air of hipness. The long wait ends today with the grand opening of the Silver Lake branch of the Los Angeles Public Library, a $12-million facility that, with its sleek modern facade, eco-friendly design and cutting-edge technology, embodies the neighborhood zeitgeist. The branch is the first to use an automated book check-in and sorting system with a computerized conveyor belt that will speed book returns.
September 8, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said Wednesday that it reopened 112 of 126 stores that it had closed in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Eighty-nine stores have been damaged and nine reported "major damage," Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart said in a statement. Fourteen stores remain closed. Major damage means "something along the lines of power has been knocked out or the structure's been damaged," Wal-Mart spokeswoman Andrea Rader said.
December 18, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Research in Motion Ltd., the maker of the BlackBerry e-mail device, will open a U.S. headquarters in Irving, Texas, as it steps up efforts to attract American customers. The Waterloo, Canada-based company said it expected to employ more than 1,000 people in the Dallas suburb.
December 6, 2007 | From a Times staff writer
The first new movie theater to open in downtown L.A. in more than 20 years will unspool its first film Friday night. Like the venue that formerly occupied the site at 251 S. Main St., the ImaginAsian Center will specialize in showing first-run Asian and Asian American films. Its first offering is the Japanese thriller "Midnight Eagle," set in the Northern Alps of Japan and starring Takao Osawa. The former theater there, built in 1924 and known as the Linda Lea since the 1940s, was demolished.
July 25, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
MySpace started a Mexican version as part of international growth plans that include expanding in 10 other countries in the next year. MySpace Mexico began a test phase in January and page views since then have jumped 67% while sign-ups climbed 39%, the company said. The website's community in Mexico has more than 1.5 million users, adding to MySpace's 115-million-person network in 18 countries.
January 28, 2010 | By Amina Khan
New businesses opening in downtown Huntington Beach can cut beer pong out of their possible entertainment lineups. City leaders recently voted to ban alcohol games for new businesses or those renewing their entertainment licenses. Beer pong has been a form of entertainment at a number of establishments in Surf City, where aficionados tested their accuracy and alcohol tolerance in a satellite tournament during the World Series of Beer Pong in 2008. Beer pong starts out with partially filled cups of beer arranged in triangles on opposite sides of a table.
May 12, 2009 | Cyndia Zwahlen
Restaurateur Jesse Gomez's plans to serve margaritas and agua fresca cocktails on the patio at his new Yxta Cocina Mexicana eatery in downtown Los Angeles are getting tangled in red tape. The upscale restaurant has a liquor license and permission for indoor alcohol service, but slinging booze on its outdoor terrace apparently will require more than an application to amend a city permit and the $2,015 that Gomez sent to cover fees.
February 14, 2009 | Bloomberg News
Greece will formally inaugurate the New Acropolis Museum, showcasing sculptures from the 2,500-year-old Parthenon temple, on June 20, Culture Minister Antonis Samaras said Friday in Athens. Designed by Swiss-born architect Bernard Tschumi and Greece's Michael Photiades, the glass-and-concrete museum at the foot of the temple has been built to press Greece's case for a return of the Elgin Marbles, the 5th century BC sculptures taken from the Parthenon and now housed in the British Museum.
December 19, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Iraqis danced and played traditional music in celebration as Baghdad's renowned Mutanabi book market formally reopened more than 18 months after a truck bomb devastated the center of Iraqi intellectual life. The ceremony for the book market, named after a 10th century Baghdad poet, marks another step in the return to normality in the Iraqi capital.
November 28, 2008 | associated press
The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Upper Manhattan will be open from end to end for the first time since its restoration after a devastating fire damaged ancient tapestries and a 8,500-pipe organ seven years ago. A celebratory rededication is planned for Sunday at the Gothic Episcopal church, called the largest cathedral in the world. The entire length of the 601-foot-long building will be open.
October 2, 2008 | Rong-Gong Lin II
The opening for the new Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center has been postponed to Nov. 7. The hospital had been scheduled to open the 600-bed inpatient facility Oct. 17, but October is a "very challenging time" for both state inspectors and the hospital, in part because of the Jewish holidays celebrated this month, said Pete Delgado, the hospital's chief executive. "This is a welcome change. This gives a little more time just to make sure all our systems are working properly," Delgado said.
January 24, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A moratorium of up to one year on new medical marijuana dispensaries was endorsed Tuesday by a City Council committee, but the panel wants to see an ordinance drafted before sending it to the full council for consideration. The council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee asked the city attorney's office to draft an interim control ordinance providing two six-month periods during which new dispensaries would be prohibited from opening. Dozens of dispensaries have opened in L.A.
June 14, 2006
* Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world's largest retailer, said it would open 280 supercenters this year and add pharmacy counters to 300 stores. * The Caribbean country of Antigua and Barbuda has asked for consultations with Washington about U.S. restrictions on Internet gambling, a step toward establishing a World Trade Organization panel to investigate whether the laws comply with international trade rules.
March 5, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
ScanlanKemperBard Cos., a real estate private equity firm based in Portland, Ore., is expected to announce today that it will open its first office in Southern California in May. The office in Manhattan Beach will be headed by John Strockis, formerly the senior director of acquisitions for CB Richard Ellis Investors. SKB acquired nearly $600 million worth of properties in 2007.
February 2, 2008 | From Reuters
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is working to open its first small-scale grocery stores in Arizona, according to city planning officials, as the world's largest retailer looks to fend off competition from British supermarket rival Tesco. Tesco entered the U.S. marketplace last year, opening 37 Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores in California, Arizona and Nevada. The company is seeking to woo U.S. shoppers with small grocery stores that feature ready-to-eat meals and fresh produce. Bentonville, Ark.
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