CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 22, 2000 |
Each year, Lamps Plus manufactures and sells about 3 million units of lighting products. But not all of the revenue comes in through the company's 40 retail stores. Lamps Plus Inc., through a division called Pacific Coast Lighting, is also the largest supplier of lighting for hotels in the country. Lamps Plus Centennial, another division, makes lamps for the home construction business.
July 26, 1998 |
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.
June 19, 1997 |
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.
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.
August 1, 1996 |
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.
April 18, 1996 |
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.