June 7, 2013
Re "Get a film discount, then pay extra," Column, June 4 Those discounted AMC movie tickets purchased in bulk at Costco are definitely no longer the deal that they once were. Films in 3-D and Imax projections always required an extra charge above the Costco price, but I did not think AMC would tack on a $2 surcharge for ordinary screenings. AMC may be operating under the idea that the way to make up for the revenue lost because of declining attendance is to charge loyal, dependable customers even more.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 13, 2008 |
The Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved spending $18.7 million to help build a shopping center in Pacoima that many view as key to the working-class neighborhood's economic revival. The $59.2-million Plaza Pacoima project on Paxton Street next to the 118 Freeway will include a Costco and a Best Buy as well as office, retail and restaurant space on 18 acres.
October 5, 1985 |
Price Co., which operates 21 discount warehouse stores in four states, on Friday said that it is negotiating with a Montreal-based retail chain to form a joint venture to open and operate an undisclosed number of Price Clubs in Canada. The San Diego-based company is discussing the joint-venture proposal with Steinberg Inc., which operates grocery and retail stores in Canada and the United States. The discussions could be concluded "shortly," according to a Price Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 16, 2000
Re "Shopper Killed in Shootout at Van Nuys Costco," Aug. 14: My wife was shopping at Costco Sunday. Standing at the checkout counter at the front of the store, she suddenly remembered she had forgotten to buy lamb chops, so she went back to the meat counter. Because of this sudden, fortuitous thought, she was some distance from the area where the gunfire occurred. She and others were herded out side doors (Costco handled the emergency beautifully), where she saw one 6-year-old vomiting from fear.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2001
Re "Group Accuses U.S. Refineries of Driving Up Gasoline Prices," July 3: I bought gas at Costco, Chino Hills, last Friday for $1.63; down the street at Mobil it was $1.93. Later in the day I filled up at Arco in Lost Hills, north of the Grapevine, for $1.59. Two other stations there had it for the same price. One other had it for $1.69 and another for $1.79. Coming home last Sunday I filled up at Arco in Salinas for $1.69, while across the street at Shell it was $1.91. Driving home through Santa Barbara I noticed Union 76 had it for $2.01.
May 25, 2003
I was excited by James Flanigan's "Speeding Up Interest in Fuel Cell Technology" (May 14), until I got halfway through it only to find out that ChevronTexaco and Shell are among those extremely interested in this new technology. What depressing news. It just means more of the same: profits at any expense to the consumer, huge spikes in fabricated costs and the ability to raise prices way out of line with the economy. Isn't there some way to invite companies such as Wal Mart, Costco and Southwest Airlines to run this new technology?
June 25, 1987
The City Council, acting as the Community Redevelopment Agency, paved the way for a membership warehouse store at 147th Street and Compton Boulevard. With approval from three council members, construction of the 110,000-square-foot Costco warehouse store will begin in July on the nine-acre site west of the San Diego Freeway. Completion is expected in November. The city expects $350,000 a year in sales-tax revenue from the store, City Manager Kenneth Jue said.
January 12, 2010 |
William Rees spent much of his childhood on his grandfather's farm in the province of Ontario. What struck him once, after a day of working in the fields, was the sudden realization that everything on the dinner table -- the chicken, the milk, the carrots -- he had helped produce. "I was only about 10 years old, and I have no explanation to this day, but I felt as if the ground had fallen beneath me. I was sinking, sinking, deep into the earth," Rees said. When he moved to Vancouver, he took that sense of "connectedness" with him, and never forgot it. With 75% of the globe's 10 billion people in 2050 expected to live in urban areas, they had better -- if they are to survive -- find a similar sense of connection, Rees figured.