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December 11, 1989 | Mary Ann Galante, Times Staff Writer
There is no merrier sound to a retailer's ear than that of a constantly ringing cash register. And with the vast bulk of the year's sales occurring in November and December, brisk sales during the holiday season are crucial for the nation's merchants. And Jim Charter, general manager of the Brea Mall, is no exception.
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December 11, 1989 | Mary Ann Galante, Times Staff Writer
There is no merrier sound to a retailer's ear than that of a constantly ringing cash register. And with the vast bulk of the year's sales occurring in November and December, brisk sales during the holiday season are crucial for the nation's merchants. And Jim Charter, general manager of the Brea Mall, is no exception.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 28, 1989
A group of businesses in the cities of Brea, Yorba Linda, La Habra and Fullerton have joined to take action against traffic problems on the area's freeways. The North Orange County Transportation Management Assn. has eight member companies and the cities of Yorba Linda and Brea, which will plan ride-sharing and van-pooling programs for employees.
BUSINESS
August 14, 1987 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
Brea Mall will give South Coast Plaza a run for shoppers' money with a $125-million face lift that will add two major stores and make Brea one of Orange County's biggest shopping centers. The four-year plan announced Thursday will give Brea a bright new California mission look that could attract enough shoppers to increase its total sales from third to second in the county.
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July 10, 1993 | JODI WILGOREN and SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Keith Foxe calls it the Alfred Hitchcock Syndrome. Near the end of Hitchcock's classic movie "The Man Who Knew Too Much," audiences gasp at a murder at the opera because it is out of place, unexpected. Such is the reaction of shocked suburbanites, said Foxe, a shopping industry spokesman, whenever violent crime invades the safe haven of the local mall.
BUSINESS
January 1, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
After a three-year streak of bigger malls and fancier stores bringing in more consumer dollars, Orange County retailers are bracing themselves for sales growth to hit the brakes in 1988. "Savings have been depleted . . . (and) consumers can't keep spending more than they earn," said Sarah Stack, retail analyst with Bateman Eichler Hill Richards in Los Angeles. "Consumers are at a crossroads in terms of their ability to keep spending." Low savings aren't the only worry.
BUSINESS
February 3, 1987 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
After a year of ho-hum sales, Orange County shopping malls generally experienced a respectable Christmas season--although only two major malls said that all their wishes were granted. As usual, Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza reported more holiday business than anybody else. For county-based retailers as a whole--a group that includes automobile dealers--projected taxable sales for 1986 are a comparatively sparse 3.3% above 1985's $20.
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April 10, 1985 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
Shopping malls in the San Fernando Valley area have reacted skeptically to a proposal that they issue their own credit cards--good for purchases in the mall only--even though proponents say such cards are doing well at two Orange County shopping centers. Avco Financial Services, which launched a credit-card system in October at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, recently approached Valley mall merchants in an attempt to induce them to offer the new service.
BUSINESS
December 27, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
It's one of the poshest stores in town, but much of it looked Monday like a bargain basement. Shirts, ties, tissue paper and some balled-up jackets were strewn across the floor of the menswear department at Nordstrom in Costa Mesa. Customers were tripping over the merchandise. And Nordstrom was delighted. That's because Monday was Day 1 of the normally pricey store's semiannual sale in menswear. Combine that with the usual after-Christmas crunch and the chaos translates into sales.
BUSINESS
July 2, 1988 | MARY ANN GALANTE, Times Staff Writer
The Mall of Orange is going gray. And black and rose and burgundy. The 17-year-old shopping center plans next week to announce a two-year, $5-million overhaul, the Times has learned. The renovation will do away with the mall's dated and dowdy orange tile interior. Instead, the center plans to re-do corridors with granite-gray tile highlighted by black marble. A domed atrium will be added to spruce-up the main entrance, flanked by two restaurants with outdoor seating under burgundy awnings.
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April 9, 1985 | JAMES QUINN, Times Staff Writer
Shopping malls in the San Fernando Valley area have reacted skeptically to a proposal that they issue their own credit cards--good for purchases in the mall only--even though proponents say such cards are doing well at two Orange County shopping centers. Avco Financial Services, which launched a credit-card system in October at Fashion Island in Newport Beach, recently approached Valley mall merchants in an attempt to induce them to offer the new service.
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