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December 11, 1997 | RUSS STANTON
Not everyone is thrilled that Home Depot plans to build 61 new stores in California over the next three years. Yes, the 10,000 new jobs generated by the Atlanta-based chain will be good for the state's economy. But how many jobs will be eliminated at the smaller mom-and-pop hardware stores that Home Depot is likely to drive out of business? That is one of the issues at the heart of a movement that bills itself as Sprawl Busters, a Greenfield, Mass., outfit founded by activist Al Norman.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1997 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Hardware giant Home Depot is preparing to test a program here that has little to do with tools or paint, but if successful could grease the wheels for the chain's massive expansion in California. Addressing concerns about the day laborers who have become fixtures at many of its parking lots, the home improvement chain has teamed up with a fast-growing temporary worker agency to run a hiring center at its new Woodland Hills store, which is expected to open next month. Tacoma, Wash.
NEWS
December 3, 1997 | RUSS STANTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a bid to overwhelm its competitors, hardware giant Home Depot Inc. today will announce a massive expansion in California, spending about $850 million to build 61 new stores over the next three years. The buildup, which will add 10,000 jobs, will boost the Atlanta-based chain's presence to 156 stores in the Golden State, making it one of the largest retail expansions in state history. Analysts said the move will put increased pressure on smaller regional competitors such as HomeBase Inc.
BUSINESS
September 24, 1997
When a Home Depot opened near Fred's Curb Hardware in December, General Manager Lane Weinman saw business drop by almost 15%. But Weinman says his losses might have been double that if months before he hadn't started remaking his store. The overhaul didn't come without hardships, but Weinman credits the face-lift with helping to recover his losses and even post the year's first gain last month. Weinman was interviewed by freelance writer Stephen Gregory.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 24, 1997 | J.J. POPE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After more than eight decades at Main Street and El Camino Real, Tustin Hardware has become known as a community meeting place, a shop where customers can catch up on the latest gossip while stocking up on supplies. In years past, regulars would swap stories and rumors while standing around a wood-burning stove in the back. Even today the shop retains the feeling of a close-knit community as its fifth owner, Dave Vandaveer Jr., greets nearly everyone by name who passes through the doors.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1997 | NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robb's Plumbing & Hardware is a place where you can still find dusty rows of cardboard boxes containing 1/8-inch thingamajigs and beveled whatchamacallits. Strains of Mozart and Beethoven fill the air as shoppers peruse toilet bowls and tape measures. And the seven employees--including four World War II veterans and an aspiring actor--take as much time to sell a two-bit bolt as a complete set of bathroom fixtures.
REAL ESTATE
March 9, 1997 | JOHN MORELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES; John Morell is a Woodland Hills freelance writer
They're those places you zip past while going here or there--nondescript, perhaps an aged sign above the door, as worn and forgotten as an old pair of shoes. But step inside one of the many old-time hardware stores in Southern California, and there's a good chance you'll be greeted like an old friend. "There's a level of service at the corner hardware store that's kind of a tradition," said Chaz Eisner, who runs the Beverly Hills Handyperson, a home repair service.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 1997
A dozen environmentalists demonstrated in front of a Santa Monica lumber store Thursday, waving signs and passing out fliers to protest the sale of old-growth redwood products. Members of Rainforest Action Network, an international environmental group, said Fisher Lumber sells wood from old-growth redwoods being harvested from Northern California's ancient redwood forests, including Headwaters Forest near Eureka. Erik Jorgensborg, president of Fisher Lumber Co.
REAL ESTATE
October 27, 1996
Have you got a favorite hardware store? For an upcoming story, we'd like to hear about it. Tell us why you like the place and what--or who--makes it so special, so helpful, so whatever. And also tell us how much time each week you spend aimlessly browsing there. Please keep letters as descriptive, and as brief, as possible and send them to Dick Barnes, Real Estate Editor, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053; or fax them to (213) 237-4712; or e-mail them to Real.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1996 | DEBORAH BELGUM, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The rubbery World War II vintage gas masks were marked down to $15 and the manager's special bargains looked as if somebody's junk drawer had been haphazardly heaped onto a table. The mostly male customers quietly rummaged through the shelves and picked through what little merchandise was left, finding a nut driver here, a saw rack there, knobs and nails. They plunked down cash or credit cards for the last time as Lomita Lumber and Hardware closes its doors Friday after 74 years in business.
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