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October 21, 1988
How tacky of Mrs. Taki to introduce a line of clothing for children 7 to early teens that has an average price tag of $150 per outfit when children in other parts of the world are dying daily from starvation ("Mrs. Taki Takes Kids' Togs a Tad Beyond Most Lines," by Betty Goodwin, Oct. 14). The target customers are not the children, but the parents who would foot the bill to have their child display a designer label from Saks Fifth Avenue. I wonder if the money spent for a child's $800 Tibetan lamb fur coat couldn't be turned into a more triumphant lesson for a parent to teach a child by contributing to a cause that will reach out and help someone less fortunate or in need of food, clothing or shelter?
May 23, 1996 | From Bloomberg Business News
Shares in Saks Fifth Avenue's holding company rose 39% in their first day of trading Wednesday as investors sought to cash in on the booming market for luxury goods. Saks Holdings Inc. stock rose $9.625 to close at $34.625 in New York Stock Exchange trading of 11.6 million shares, making it the second-most active issue in U.S. markets. Saks sold 16 million shares, a 26% stake, at $25 each to raise $400 million. "We knew it was going to go up, but not like this.
June 8, 1989 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer
When it comes to Beverly Hills, Barneys New York figures bigger is better. The upscale Manhattan clothier will open a 7,500-square-foot boutique in Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza early next year as part of a joint venture with Japanese retailer Isetan for 30 small stores across the country by 1994. But when the retailer swoops into fashionable Beverly Hills in 1993, it will be in quarters more than 10 times as large. Robert L. Pressman, executive vice president of Barneys New York and a grandson of the man who founded the store in 1923, said Wednesday that the company plans a 100,000-square-foot store at 9570-84 Wilshire Boulevard, a block west of Rodeo Drive and across the street from Saks Fifth Avenue.
February 27, 1992 | From Associated Press
Saks Fifth Avenue said Wednesday that it will spend $250 million over the next five years to build a handful of new stores as well as spiff up and expand existing outlets. The retailer said the plan will be backed by $300 million in new equity from Investcorp, the group that helped take Saks private in 1990. The money will be used to "support the growth strategy and prepay debt," the company said.
September 30, 1995
Part of South Coast Plaza was shut down Friday night and 200 people were evacuated after a transformer atop Bullock's exploded, igniting a fire and causing a widespread power outage. The explosion in the self-contained transformer occurred about 9 p.m., just before the mall's scheduled close. It started a second-alarm fire, but the extent of damage was not immediately known. Firefighters from Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and Santa Ana responded, extinguishing the fire in less than an hour.
July 30, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn and Booth Moore
'Fashion Star' fizzles:  NBC has canceled the reality fashion competition show "Fashion Star," according to the Hollywood Reporter. The series, which featured Jessica Simpson, Nicole Richie and menswear designer John Varvatos mentoring up-and-coming designers, had a two-season run.  [Hollywood Reporter] Saks sold: Saks Inc., parent company of the Saks Fifth Avenue luxury department store chain, was snapped up by Canadian retail giant Hudson's Bay for $2.9 billion (including debt)
Luxury retailer Saks Fifth Avenue has agreed to be bought by Birmingham, Ala.-based Proffitt's Inc., one of the country's fastest-growing, but less glamorous, department store chains, for $2.1 billion in stock, the firms said Sunday. The combined company, which will be headed by former Tennessee legislator R. Brad Martin, would operate 330 stores in 38 states with estimated 1998 revenue of more than $6 billion. Proffitt's parent company, which moved recently from Knoxville, Tenn.
September 27, 1989 | MARTHA GROVES, Times Staff Writer
BAT Industries' decision to sell Saks Fifth Avenue and Marshall Field's, two of the nation's most venerable chains, threw an already agitated retailing world further into a frenzy Tuesday. "Everything is for sale in retailing right now," said Walter F. Loeb, a retail analyst at the Morgan Stanley & Co. brokerage in New York. "There's so much available . . . that it has become a buyer's market."
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