March 16, 2012 |
Sears Holdings Corp. said it plans to close 53 specialty stores in the first half of 2012. The closures include 43 Sears hometown dealer stores and 10 Sears Hardware stores, the company said. Hometown stores are small hardware stores, usually operated by independent dealers in rural areas. Sears Hardware stores are larger, corporate-owned outposts that carry Craftsman tools, DieHard car batteries and a limited selection of Kenmore appliances. The closures follow Sears' plan, announced in late December, to close as many as 120 poor-performing Sears and Kmart stores and a plan, disclosed in February, to close all nine of its Great Indoors stores.
February 19, 1989
A $13.7-million renovation is transforming the former Ohrbachs department store in the Glendale Galleria shopping center--acquired late in 1987--as a home for about 20 specialty stores. The project by Donahue Schriber Co., Newport Beach, was designed by the Feola/Deenihan Partnership, Glendale--a firm that was part of the galleria's original design team. The job involves 55,000 square feet of space. Contractor is Robert E. Bayley, Santa Ana.
December 28, 2001 |
Holiday sales at mall-based specialty stores rose by 2.1%, the International Council of Shopping Centers said. The industry association tracks sales at more than 4,000 specialty stores in 80 regional malls across the United States. The survey does not include sales made at mall-based department stores. Apparel sales fell by 0.6%, but sales of home furnishings rose by 4.9% and home-entertainment products, including music and videos, rose by 10.9%.
February 27, 1985
The Chicago-based retailer unveiled the first test store of one of two previously announced specialty store formats targeted at towns and cities of 10,000 to 100,000. The test store in Alma, Mich., carries hardware, paint, appliances, electronics and a catalogue operation in 8,300 square feet of selling space. Three more such stores are planned this year. The second planned specialty format, which will emphasize apparel and home fashion, will be introduced this summer.
May 22, 1987 |
Now that hemlines are indisputably on the rise, should women with less than perfect bodies show their kneecaps? Nancye Radmin, owner of the Forgotten Woman large-size specialty stores, thinks not. "Our dimples have to be on our faces, not on the backs of our knees," said the outspoken retailer, who recently opened her 18th shop in Newport Beach's Fashion Island. (Her Wilshire Boulevard outpost in Beverly Hills is now 8 years old.
November 27, 1987 |
The City Shopping Center in Orange looks like a lot of malls--plenty of plants, the ubiquitous Parkland Hosiery and your usual assortment of ice cream and hot dog emporiums. What sets The City apart, however, are its number and variety of gift and specialty shops. Of the 101 stores (including two department stores, May Co. and J.C. Penney), 15 are gift or specialty stores.