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November 19, 1990 | LEE MAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
There's a drop-off in the number of shoppers who shop till they drop, and here in Boaz that's especially bad news. This tiny town in northeastern Alabama thrives on shopping; it is home to one of the nation's largest concentrations of factory outlet centers. People from all over the country stop here to buy everything from hats to shoes, carpets to teacups, all at discount prices. The outlet complex, which opened with a few shops in 1982, has grown to 136 stores, with new ones still being built.
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September 1, 2005 | Booth Moore, Times Staff Writer
REMEMBER when outlet shopping meant pawing through clearance bins filled with three-sleeved, extra-small sweaters and other factory rejects? That's no longer the case at today's outlet centers, many of which are more like comprehensive shopping malls where in-season Gucci bags can be found for 40% off or hot teen fashion finds such as Puma's Impulse Cat sneakers have been reduced from $80 to $49.95 and basic Levi's jeans go for $19.99.
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NEWS
July 14, 1992 | MARTIN FORSTENZER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
On the busy days, 20,000 cars arrive on U.S. 395 directly into the heart of this eastern Sierra crossroads town. Some are filled with vacationers bound for the nearby trout lakes, hiking trails and scenic mountains. But it is a painful fact of highway life that the majority of motorists who cruise Bishop's milelong business district are on their way someplace else. They may stop for gas and lunch on Main Street. More often they just keep going, annoyed at having to slow down.
TRAVEL
July 26, 1998 | ROBERT HILBURN, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Hilburn is the Times' pop music critic
It's nearly eight hours into our marathon shopping expedition at the outlet mall that bills itself as the West Coast's largest, and we're starting to unravel. Since the shops opened at 10 a.m., my wife and I have been on a mission to cover all 145 or so stores, checking every possible rack for those coveted red-tag specials. We've already spent $362 on everything from a lined denim jacket at the Levi's outlet store (marked down 50%, from $120 to $59.
BUSINESS
June 4, 1991 | MICHAEL FLAGG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This is kind of an odd place to find a guy who builds factory outlet shopping centers. For one thing, there isn't a factory outlet within a 45-minute drive or so. That's because retailers won't allow manufacturers to put an outlet store nearby because they don't want the competition. And because there are so many malls in Orange County, that pretty much rules out outlet stores.
BUSINESS
November 16, 1989 | United Press International
Two development companies plan a $10-million mall for factory outlet stores in Sparks. Bath Casazza Development Inc. and Robert L. Helms Construction Co. said they are joining in the venture on the 17 1/2-acre site. The developers hope for 45 factory outlet stores operated by manufacturers who sell directly to the public at discounts. They say it would be the first factory outlet complex in Nevada.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 1993 | FRED ALVAREZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to outmaneuver Camarillo, the Oxnard City Council on Tuesday tentatively agreed to provide up to $1 million in subsidies to the developer of a factory-outlet center on the city's northeast side. The council unanimously voted to craft an agreement that will allow the developer--the Carl M. Buck Building Co. of Los Angeles--to forgo the payment of building fees, a savings of about $1 million.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 14, 1993 | JEFF PRUGH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two controversial development proposals--a 90-store factory outlet center near Gorman and building restrictions for the Malibou Lake community west of Calabasas--will be considered for final approval today by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. In both cases, the supervisors are expected to hear strong testimony from opponents.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If the September announcement that Saks Fifth Avenue would become part of the Camarillo Factory Stores didn't hammer the point home, then last week's addition of upscale clothier Barneys New York probably did the trick. The 8-month-old discount retail center is trying to make a name for itself with big-name merchandise. "This brands us as more of an upscale, fashion-oriented outlet than anyone else in the market," said Michele Rothstein, vice president of marketing for Chelsea GCA Realty Inc.
BUSINESS
August 1, 1996 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shirley Selim will go to great lengths to get a bargain--90 miles, to be exact. That's the distance from her Irvine home to the factory outlet center in the border community of San Ysidro where she shops for silk and cotton clothing at upscale shops such as Georgiou. "I can leave at 8 a.m. on Saturday and return by 1 p.m. because I know exactly what I want to buy," said Selim, a contract administrator for a federal agency.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 19, 1997 | GERI COOK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
J.R. Collections recently moved from Santa Monica to West Los Angeles because they needed a bigger space to house their glass factory and retail store under one roof. This manufacturer of handblown glassware has a factory outlet in the front of the 8,000-square-foot building, where colorful glassware is on display at wholesale prices. In the rear, there are two glass furnaces where this fine product will be made--as soon as the furnaces are up and running.
NEWS
August 15, 1996
In the sport of shopping, the thrill of victory comes in the evidence of a receipt. Sharon Deal carried gold-medal proof around for years after she transformed a $500 bonus into $1,500 worth of suits and slacks in a single shopping trip to a Macy's outlet near San Francisco. "That receipt was my trophy. I pulled it out to show it to people. It was better than any Christmas I ever had," she says.
BUSINESS
August 1, 1996 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shirley Selim will go to great lengths to get a bargain--90 miles, to be exact. That's the distance from her Irvine home to the factory outlet center in the border community of San Ysidro where she shops for silk and cotton clothing at upscale shops such as Georgiou. "I can leave at 8 a.m. on Saturday and return by 1 p.m. because I know exactly what I want to buy," said Selim, a contract administrator for a federal agency.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 18, 1996 | GERI COOK, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A disastrous fire last year destroyed the premises and inventory of a local manufacturer's outlet store. It seemed as though they were gone for good. But San Fernando Valley bargain shoppers are in luck--The Clothing Factory has just reopened, the racks are full and a grand opening sale is now in progress to mark the event. The name of the game here, as it was before the fire, is modular dressing, which allows the consumer to create myriad possibilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
To encourage residents to shop locally, the city will focus this year on sprucing up the Del Mar shopping area, including the possibility of bringing in factory outlets. "The city is putting out feelers," said David Lund, San Clemente's economic development director, and is trying to set up meetings with representatives from various national factory outlets. San Clemente is losing 55% to 65% of its potential sales tax revenue, Lund said, because many local consumers shop elsewhere.
BUSINESS
October 17, 1995 | LEO SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If the September announcement that Saks Fifth Avenue would become part of the Camarillo Factory Stores didn't hammer the point home, then last week's addition of upscale clothier Barneys New York probably did the trick. The 8-month-old discount retail center is trying to make a name for itself with big-name merchandise. "This brands us as more of an upscale, fashion-oriented outlet than anyone else in the market," said Michele Rothstein, vice president of marketing for Chelsea GCA Realty Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1996 | JULIE FATE SULLIVAN
To encourage residents to shop locally, the city will focus this year on sprucing up the Del Mar shopping area, including the possibility of bringing in factory outlets. "The city is putting out feelers," said David Lund, San Clemente's economic development director, and is trying to set up meetings with representatives from various national factory outlets. San Clemente is losing 55% to 65% of its potential sales tax revenue, Lund said, because many local consumers shop elsewhere.
BUSINESS
February 14, 1994 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
IBM to Open Factory Outlet: Taking a cue from clothing and textile discounters, International Business Machines Corp. said it will open a store in Raleigh-Durham, N.C., to sell discontinued and reconditioned computer gear. The outlet will sell discontinued, withdrawn, reconditioned and returned PCs and other equipment at up to 40% off original retail prices, said Roland Hagan, a manager at IBM Personal Computer Co., which will operate the store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 26, 1995 | FRANK MANNING
After a lengthy delay due to the Northridge earthquake, Burlington Coat Factory is scheduled to open a new store Friday in the Fallbrook Mall, company officials said. The company, which traditionally moves into vacant department stores and redesigns them to fit its needs, will occupy the lower level of a two-story building formerly occupied by Sears, Roebuck & Co., company officials said. A K mart store, which is scheduled to open Sunday, will occupy the top level.
BUSINESS
April 3, 1995 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
One Big Outlet Mall: Groundbreaking for the 1.7-million-square-foot Ontario Mills mall will take place Wednesday at the intersection of Interstates 10 and 15 in Ontario. The mall, which will cost about $150 million, is scheduled to open in late 1996. It will create up to 2,500 construction jobs and another 5,000 permanent jobs when it opens. The facility will be California's largest discount-oriented outlet mall. J.C.
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