February 19, 1988 |
When people describe Orange County as a shopper's paradise, they're usually referring to the glistening shops of MainPlace/Santa Ana, South Coast Plaza, Fashion Island and the beach towns. But the area is a fertile hunting ground for discount shoppers as well as those prowling the upscale stores. Membership shopping clubs, stores that sell goods at near-wholesale prices to cardholders, are spreading throughout Southern California like tract houses in San Bernardino.
July 1, 1988 |
A coalition of consumer groups, supporting legislation that they contend will preserve deep discount pricing on retail goods, released a survey Thursday intended to bolster their case. The survey shows that Los Angeles consumers who shop at discount stores can save an average of 30% from the highest prices found on popular summer items ranging from suntan lotion to charcoal. In San Diego, the average savings were 24%, while nationally the average was 23%.
March 5, 1992 |
It's 11 a.m. on a recent Friday morning, and the sun shines brightly on a champagne-colored BMW, a bronze Jaguar and a green Mercedes-Benz sitting side by side in a crowded parking lot. Is it the parking lot of a chic Newport Beach restaurant, a Jaguar dealership or an upscale shopping mall? Hardly. It's the Price Club, a membership discount store known for selling everything from calculators to champagne on the cheap.
March 27, 1989 |
Bert and Libby Smith didn't drive all the way from their home in Laguna Hills to San Ysidro last month simply to buy new shoes. But the Smiths, who were on their way back from a Mexican vacation, did leave the Bass Shoe factory outlet store in San Ysidro with two pairs of shoes that were marked down 25% from the suggested retail price.
December 16, 1997 |
Everyone loves a bargain--just look at the prices of the nation's leading deep-discount retailers. Shares of 99 Cents Only Stores (ticker symbol: NDN), Consolidated Stores Corp. (CNS) and some others have roared ahead over the last 12 months, easily outdistancing not only mass-merchandise retailers generally but also the broader market. Some of the stocks have soared 65% or more over the last year, while Standard & Poor's index of general retailers has jumped 53%.
January 27, 1996 |
Bucking nationwide anti-smoking efforts and vexing health officials, outlet stores that sell heavily discounted cigarettes are opening at the rate of one a day throughout California, offering smokers a haven from a world that increasingly disdains them. Cigarettes Cheaper!, a Benicia, Calif.-based chain, has grown from one store in October 1994 to nearly 130 with plans for 500 by year-end.
January 19, 1990 |
There are parents who spend more than their monthly mortgage payments to send their preschool-age children to day-care centers, play groups and a steady round of birthday parties for their peers. But ask them to name their favorite children's wear stores and inevitably they mention Target, K mart and the catalogue houses After the Stork and Brights Creek. Even super-mom Mia Farrow shops the children's catalogues for her nine kids.
December 22, 1994 |
One mall features a pet-friendly Santa Claus and a menorah-lighting ceremony. Another sports new "niche" stores, a post office and valet parking. And all deck their halls with what is now a Yuletide staple--pre-Christmas sales to get even Grinches to open their wallets. Across the Westside, malls are offering a crush of new services, merchandise and dollars-and-cents inducements to ensure strong holiday-season business, which typically accounts for 25% to 40% of mall retailers' annual sales.
March 10, 1992 |
It's 11 a.m. on a Friday morning, and the sun shines brightly on a champagne-colored BMW, a bronze Jaguar and a green Mercedes-Benz sitting side by side in a crowded parking lot. Is it the parking lot of a chic Newport Beach restaurant, a Jaguar dealership or an upscale shopping mall? Hardly. It's the Price Club, a membership discount store known for selling everything from calculators to champagne on the cheap.
December 20, 1993 |
More than a bottle of amber liquid, Parfums Givenchy USA is selling a style, an image, a mood--or, as President Robert Brady puts it, a fantasy. It is a bare shoulder, a sideways glance, "available at Saks." So what sort of fantasy is this, here at the cosmetic counter inside Drug Emporium, where small boxes of Ysatis de Givenchy--the name rolls like a whisper--are offered for sale on equal footing with $3 Austrian crystal earrings and stegosaurus-shaped bath soap?