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August 10, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Aug. 5, 1929, a crowd of 10,000 people gathered in downtown Oakland for the long-awaited opening of the H. C. Capwell department store in a massive, brick-fronted building adorned with terra cotta and hailed as a gem of Beaux Arts design. Today, the six-floor store, renamed the Emporium a year ago but still Capwell to many longtime Oaklanders, will reopen after almost 10 months of massive restoration to repair damage from last October's Bay Area earthquake.
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August 10, 1990 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Aug. 5, 1929, a crowd of 10,000 people gathered in downtown Oakland for the long-awaited opening of the H. C. Capwell department store in a massive, brick-fronted building adorned with terra cotta and hailed as a gem of Beaux Arts design. Today, the six-floor store, renamed the Emporium a year ago but still Capwell to many longtime Oaklanders, will reopen after almost 10 months of massive restoration to repair damage from last October's Bay Area earthquake.
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August 15, 1995 | KELLY DAVID
1896: Arthur Letts opens the Broadway Department Store, a 4,000-square-foot shop at 4th Street and Broadway in Los Angeles. 1950: The company becomes Broadway-Hale Stores with the purchase of Hale Bros. Stores of Northern California. 1969: Broadway-Hale acquires Neiman-Marcus and Waldenbooks and merges with Emporium Capwell Co. of San Francisco. 1972: Philip M. Hawley is named president. The company purchases Bergdorf Goodman of New York. 1974: The company is renamed Carter Hawley Hale Stores.
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February 12, 1991 | MARTHA GROVES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On Feb. 24, 1896, a British-born merchant named Arthur Letts opened the Broadway Department Store in a 40-by-100-foot building at 4th Street and Broadway, then the outskirts of Los Angeles. The business made Letts so rich that he bought up a huge chunk of ranchland for $2 million and called it Holmby Hills. His son later built what is today the Playboy Mansion. During the boom years after World War II, a visionary young Broadway president, Edward W.
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