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September 2, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With environmental problems plaguing its preferred site, the Los Angeles Unified School District instead is considering acquiring a Robinsons-May department store in North Hollywood as the location for a new high school to relieve overcrowding in the east San Fernando Valley. If necessary, school officials said Wednesday they would consider using eminent domain for the 24.
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April 8, 2006 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
There were bittersweet memories Friday at the Robinsons-May department store in Beverly Hills as one last sale sent bargain-hunters roaming among gleaming display cases -- and sent veteran sales clerks hunkering down in back stockrooms. The shoppers were there to snap up suit racks and display shelving -- not designer clothing or high-fashion accessories. The clerks, some of whom have worked there three decades, were there to dismantle, not to sell.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Temecula man was awarded $73,680 in damages Thursday after arguing he was haunted by a false report of shoplifting that prevented him from finding a job for four years. The attorney for plaintiff Bronti Kelly, 33, had sought back pay and $200,000 in punitive damages from the May Co.--parent company of Robinsons-May department store--and its security company, Stores Protective Assn.
BUSINESS
February 3, 2006 | Leslie Earnest, Times Staff Writer
Macy's West Chief Executive Robert Mettler strides through the San Francisco store in a pinstripe suit, showing off tidily arranged clothes in uncluttered spaces, plasma screens blinking ads for the latest in cosmetics and couches where the weary can rest near the dressing rooms.
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September 24, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN and KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite outcry from business leaders, Los Angeles school officials said Thursday they plan to examine a broader retail area for a high school to include the district's original preferred site--a Robinsons-May department store--plus nearby Valley Plaza. School officials say they want to study the environmental, community and economic impact of acquiring a portion of the roughly 55-acre retail district marketed by developers as "Twin Plaza."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 1994 | ALICIA DOYLE
Nearly a year after the Northridge earthquake forced its closure, the Robinsons-May department store in Topanga Plaza will reopen Thursday. The store was retrofitted and brought up to seismic requirements after the temblor damaged the building in January, said Jim Watterson, vice president of public relations for Robinsons-May. The work cost in excess of $20 million, Watterson said.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2000 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Bay Area advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit charging the Robinsons-May department-store chain with violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, citing aisles too narrow and counters too tall for wheelchairs, among other things. The suit, filed by Disability Rights Advocates, comes seven months after the group won a judgment against Macy's West, owned by Federated Department Stores Inc., forcing the company to make a variety of changes at its flagship San Francisco store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With environmental problems plaguing its preferred site, the Los Angeles Unified School District is considering acquiring a Robinsons-May department store as a location for a high school to relieve overcrowding in the east San Fernando Valley. If necessary, school officials said Wednesday, the district would consider using eminent domain for the operating department store and parking lot on 24.7 acres.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 300 people turned out at a community meeting here Thursday, most of them angry about a proposal to convert a Robinsons-May department store into a high school site. Los Angeles Unified School District officials have identified the department store on Laurel Canyon Boulevard near Oxnard Street as a possible new campus. Officials told a packed auditorium at Walter Reed Middle School that they were open to considering alternate sites.
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December 11, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling the property "golden," Los Angeles school officials said Friday the Robinsons-May department store site is still being studied under a new school construction plan that calls for building 11 primary centers in the east San Fernando Valley. Instead of using the 24.
BUSINESS
December 7, 2005 | Roger Vincent, Times Staff Writer
Plans for a $500-million luxury condominium project in Beverly Hills involving celebrity architects, public gardens and an environmentally friendly design were unveiled by developers Tuesday. The long-awaited proposal for the Robinsons-May site near the intersection of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards calls for two 12-story buildings, a two-story building containing town houses and two four-story loft buildings situated around landscaped gardens.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2005 | Robin Abcarian, Times Staff Writer
Denise Solis, a wardrobe coordinator who spends a good deal of time shopping for clothes professionally, was out of town last week when Federated Department Stores Inc. announced that, as part of its takeover of the May Department Stores Co., the Robinson's name will soon be joining those of Bullock's, Broadway and I. Magnin on the list of dearly departed local retail nameplates. "Robinson's is closing? Oh, that's so horrible," Solis said upon learning the news.
BUSINESS
April 25, 2000 | ABIGAIL GOLDMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Bay Area advocacy group filed a federal lawsuit charging the Robinsons-May department-store chain with violating the Americans With Disabilities Act, citing aisles too narrow and counters too tall for wheelchairs, among other things. The suit, filed by Disability Rights Advocates, comes seven months after the group won a judgment against Macy's West, owned by Federated Department Stores Inc., forcing the company to make a variety of changes at its flagship San Francisco store.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 11, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Calling the property "golden," Los Angeles school officials said Friday the Robinsons-May department store site is still being studied under a new school construction plan that calls for building 11 primary centers in the east San Fernando Valley. Instead of using the 24.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1999
Hoping to deter school officials from building a high school on its property, Robinsons-May has proposed two alternative sites to relieve campus overcrowding in the east San Fernando Valley. Real estate consultants retained by Robinsons-May recommended a largely vacant 12.7-acre parcel near Vanowen Street and Whitsett Avenue owned by the Department of Water and Power. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley also favors that location.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN
Hoping to deter school officials from building a high school on its property, Robinsons-May has proposed two alternative sites to relieve campus overcrowding in the east San Fernando Valley. Real estate consultants retained by Robinsons-May recommended a largely vacant 12.7-acre parcel near Vanowen Street and Whitsett Avenue owned by the Department of Water and Power. The Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley also favors the location for a new school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 8, 2006 | Bob Pool, Times Staff Writer
There were bittersweet memories Friday at the Robinsons-May department store in Beverly Hills as one last sale sent bargain-hunters roaming among gleaming display cases -- and sent veteran sales clerks hunkering down in back stockrooms. The shoppers were there to snap up suit racks and display shelving -- not designer clothing or high-fashion accessories. The clerks, some of whom have worked there three decades, were there to dismantle, not to sell.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 1998 | GEORGE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sherman Oaks Galleria, famous as the former hangout of shopaholic Valley Girls is involved in a legal dispute between its owner and Robinsons-May, its largest tenant. The two sides are bickering over who is to blame for an exodus of merchants that has turned the San Fernando Valley's shopping mecca of the 1980s into a sea of empty storefronts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
About 300 people turned out at a community meeting here Thursday, most of them angry about a proposal to convert a Robinsons-May department store into a high school site. Los Angeles Unified School District officials have identified the department store on Laurel Canyon Boulevard near Oxnard Street as a possible new campus. Officials told a packed auditorium at Walter Reed Middle School that they were open to considering alternate sites.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN and KAREN ROBINSON-JACOBS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Despite outcry from business leaders, Los Angeles school officials said Thursday they plan to examine a broader retail area for a high school to include the district's original preferred site--a Robinsons-May department store--plus nearby Valley Plaza. School officials say they want to study the environmental, community and economic impact of acquiring a portion of the roughly 55-acre retail district marketed by developers as "Twin Plaza."
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