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June 15, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Britain's culinary reputation has always been locked in the infamy of mashed peas and gray roast beef. But it is no secret that Londoners, for all their pretensions to blandness, are foodies. Forget the gastro-pubs -- just go shopping in London for Sunday dinner. At the Borough Market, a cook can find a nice feathered pheasant and redolent disks of Double Gloucester cheese.
June 14, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said it had struck a deal with two franchisees to open 90 Gap stores and 20 Banana Republic stores in Saudi Arabia and Turkey over the next five years. San Francisco-based Gap said its franchisees were Fawaz Alhokair Group in Saudi Arabia and Fiba Holding in Turkey.
June 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
True Religion Apparel Inc., which sells jeans for more than $200 a pair, said it ended its review of alternatives and would focus on opening its own stores and expanding its wholesale and licensing business. The Los Angeles-based company, which had retained Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to review "a number of strategic opportunities," said in a statement that it would add six retail stores for a total of 14 in 2007 and would have at least 50 stores by the end of 2009.
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.
May 23, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Nike Inc. and Foot Locker Inc. said they would open as many as 50 House of Hoops stores in the U.S. in the next three years as they seek to boost flagging sales of basketball shoes. Most of the stores will be converted Foot Locker locations, the companies said. Stores are planned in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Chicago, Houston and New York. New York-based Foot Locker and Beaverton, Ore.
May 13, 2007 | Anna Gorman, Times Staff Writer
Shannon Angulo had reserved the birthday party spot at Travel Town, hired a clown, ordered the food and bought the balloons, cake and Thomas the Tank Engine pinata. When she saw the fire rip through Griffith Park last week, she started biting her nails. "The park is extremely important, but so are my sons' birthday parties," she said. "I had a lot of money invested." On Friday, she called nearly every hour to find out if the train museum would be open.
May 12, 2007 | Ashraf Khalil, Times Staff Writer
Portions of fire-ravaged Griffith Park, including the Los Angeles Zoo and Griffith Observatory, will reopen today, just in time for Mother's Day, traditionally one of the park's busiest weekends. But exactly how much of the park to reopen was the subject of spirited debate among city officials Friday. City Councilman Tom LaBonge and recreation and parks chief Jon Mukri, within five minutes of each other, offered differing estimates of what would be open this weekend.
April 13, 2007 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
While a trendy Swedish retailer whose "cheap chic" clothes drew thousands of shoppers to Orange County on Thursday for the launch of not one, but two, stores in South Coast Plaza, Vanessa Mendoza was waiting at Irvine Spectrum Center for the next one to open today. No matter that she would be waiting for 22 1/2 hours.
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