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February 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
Employees of some California companies don't have to rush far during work breaks. They can be found down at the company store buying their employer's items because of convenience, company pride or a good bargain. Businesses like Taco Bell Corp., Douglas Aircraft Co. and Walt Disney Co. see advantages in on-site stores. They help boost morale, provide advertising and unload excess supplies.
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September 16, 2013 | David Lazarus
One of the most dubious practices of the business world is making people pay to pay - charging customers money so they can give the company money. Want to pay by credit card? That'll cost you. Want to pay by phone? That'll cost you. Want to pay using a fully automated, no-human-being-anywhere-in-sight computer system? That'll cost you. And then there's the wireless company MetroPCS, which takes things to a whole other level by charging customers a $3 fee to pay their bill in person at a MetroPCS store, even in cash.
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February 26, 1993 | CINDY LaFAVRE YORKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Speedo . . . Speedo? The makers of fitness wear are joining the ranks of designers with exclusive boutiques. Companies such as Speedo, Reebok, Carushka and Dance France have all hung out their shingles in Southern California. Come spring, Nike will join them with a Nike Town super-store in Costa Mesa. Why are manufacturers turning retailers? The better to beat the competition. In department and sporting goods stores, dozens of brands jostle for shoppers' attention.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sanuk, the Irvine footwear firm known for selling its quirky sandals in surf specialty shops, is coming to beachy Santa Monica this week with its first-ever company-owned store. The flagship shop on the Santa Monica Promenade opens Friday. The lo-fi design is meant to evoke a garage - inspired in part by the space out of which Sanuk founder Jeff Kelley first started crafting shoes in 1998. Jake Brandman, Sanuk's president, said in an interview that he considers the store “a place to play.” The 1,000-square-foot location features a wall display crammed with a hodgepodge of yard-sale and thrift-store finds, including a guitar, a surfboard, a Buddha statue in a fish tank and a pile of videotapes such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Free Willy.”  “Consumers are looking for a diversion from all the serious brands they see in a marketplace,” Brandman said.
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June 15, 1999 | TRACY WILSON
In the Old West, they tried to hang suspected horse thieves. Now they would just sue them. At least that is the approach Hong Kong-based Lanard Toys Ltd. took last week after one of its employees discovered alleged "knockoff" copies of the corporation's trademark toy ponies for sale at an Oxnard discount store. The company's attorney, former Republican congressional candidate Richard Sybert, sent a letter two months ago demanding the store halt its sales of the small pastel-colored pony dolls.
BUSINESS
April 11, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Sanuk, the Irvine footwear firm known for selling its quirky sandals in surf specialty shops, is coming to beachy Santa Monica this week with its first-ever company-owned store. The flagship shop on the Santa Monica Promenade opens Friday. The lo-fi design is meant to evoke a garage - inspired in part by the space out of which Sanuk founder Jeff Kelley first started crafting shoes in 1998. Jake Brandman, Sanuk's president, said in an interview that he considers the store “a place to play.” The 1,000-square-foot location features a wall display crammed with a hodgepodge of yard-sale and thrift-store finds, including a guitar, a surfboard, a Buddha statue in a fish tank and a pile of videotapes such as “Pulp Fiction” and “Free Willy.”  “Consumers are looking for a diversion from all the serious brands they see in a marketplace,” Brandman said.
NEWS
February 11, 1991 | STUART SILVERSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Carter Hawley Hale Stores, crippled by the junk bond debt it took on four years ago to fend off corporate raiders, today sought protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of federal bankruptcy laws. It was one of the largest bankruptcy cases ever in California. The Los Angeles-based company, parent of the Broadway-Southern California and the biggest department store organization in the West, now begins the complicated job of trying to get back on its feet.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1998 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of the Discovery Channel, the cable TV station known for its "Explore Your World" motto, will be searching for a successful format in the highly competitive retailing wilds of California as it rolls out a new chain of stores. Bethesda, Md.-based Discovery Communications launched its retail venture this month when it converted a Nature Company shop in San Diego into a Discovery Channel store. Discovery Communications acquired Nature Company in 1996.
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October 20, 1998 | KATHRYN BOLD
The event: A Holiday on 5th Avenue, the Junior League of Orange County's shop-'til-you-drop Christmas Company gift show at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The league, which raises funds to reduce the risks of child abuse and teen pregnancy, kicked off its four-day show with an opening-night gala Saturday.
BUSINESS
September 16, 2013 | David Lazarus
One of the most dubious practices of the business world is making people pay to pay - charging customers money so they can give the company money. Want to pay by credit card? That'll cost you. Want to pay by phone? That'll cost you. Want to pay using a fully automated, no-human-being-anywhere-in-sight computer system? That'll cost you. And then there's the wireless company MetroPCS, which takes things to a whole other level by charging customers a $3 fee to pay their bill in person at a MetroPCS store, even in cash.
BUSINESS
June 15, 2010 | By Kristena Hansen, Los Angeles Times
How about this for a Starbucks order: venti cappuccino with soy milk, two squirts of vanilla syrup — and a side of free Internet. Starting July 1, Starbucks will offer free wireless Internet at all 6,700 company-operated locations in the U.S., Chief Executive Howard Schultz said Monday. The service will be offered through AT&T Inc., but will no longer require a Starbucks loyalty card, which entitled registered customers to two free hours of access. Starbucks has about 4,300 franchise stores in the U.S. that will not offer the promotion.
BUSINESS
June 1, 2006 | Dawn C. Chmielewski and Charles Duhigg, Times Staff Writers
Sony Corp. marked the launch of its online music store two years ago by hiring Sheryl Crow to belt out songs in the aisle of a jet at 30,000 feet. The store, called Connect, has lost altitude ever since and the Sony executive who was at the controls, Phil Wiser, is bailing out as Connect limps along with less than 3% of the digital music market.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1999 | TRACY WILSON
In the Old West, they tried to hang suspected horse thieves. Now they would just sue them. At least that is the approach Hong Kong-based Lanard Toys Ltd. took last week after one of its employees discovered alleged "knockoff" copies of the corporation's trademark toy ponies for sale at an Oxnard discount store. The company's attorney, former Republican congressional candidate Richard Sybert, sent a letter two months ago demanding the store halt its sales of the small pastel-colored pony dolls.
NEWS
October 20, 1998 | KATHRYN BOLD
The event: A Holiday on 5th Avenue, the Junior League of Orange County's shop-'til-you-drop Christmas Company gift show at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. The league, which raises funds to reduce the risks of child abuse and teen pregnancy, kicked off its four-day show with an opening-night gala Saturday.
BUSINESS
May 12, 1998 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The owner of the Discovery Channel, the cable TV station known for its "Explore Your World" motto, will be searching for a successful format in the highly competitive retailing wilds of California as it rolls out a new chain of stores. Bethesda, Md.-based Discovery Communications launched its retail venture this month when it converted a Nature Company shop in San Diego into a Discovery Channel store. Discovery Communications acquired Nature Company in 1996.
BUSINESS
April 28, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
Polaroid Corp. wants U.S. store owners to help unlock its film sales. The maker of quick-developing film and cameras is pushing retailers such as Kmart Corp. to take Polaroid film out of the locked cases and other inaccessible areas where it's usually stored and put it on open display racks. Fighting to overcome years of tepid sales and the onslaught of one-hour photo labs, Polaroid wants consumers to have the same easy access to its film that rivals Eastman Kodak Co. and Fuji Photo Film Co.
BUSINESS
April 28, 1997 | From Bloomberg News
Polaroid Corp. wants U.S. store owners to help unlock its film sales. The maker of quick-developing film and cameras is pushing retailers such as Kmart Corp. to take Polaroid film out of the locked cases and other inaccessible areas where it's usually stored and put it on open display racks. Fighting to overcome years of tepid sales and the onslaught of one-hour photo labs, Polaroid wants consumers to have the same easy access to its film that rivals Eastman Kodak Co. and Fuji Photo Film Co.
BUSINESS
March 15, 1997 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Escalating a foreign policy spat with Canada, the Clinton administration said Friday that the Treasury Department is considering sanctions against the giant Wal-Mart retail chain because its Canadian stores are selling $9 pajamas made in Cuba. State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns said that a 3-decade-old U.S. law prohibits foreign subsidiaries of U.S. corporations from engaging in financial transactions with Fidel Castro's government. "We have a law that we have to fulfill," Burns said.
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