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March 26, 2011 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
As it heads toward the auction block in early April to end its troubled bankruptcy process, Blockbuster Inc. is closing 186 stores nationwide. The struggling home video chain based in Dallas revealed in court filings that it would reject the leases and abandon its properties at the end of the month in an attempt to reduce its ongoing losses. Among the Blockbuster locations that will close are 15 in California, six of them in the Los Angeles area. Those stores are in El Segundo, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, Corona, Anaheim Hills and L.A.'s Larchmont neighborhood.
February 24, 2010 | Bloomberg News
Blockbuster Inc. said Wednesday that it will close at least 500 stores and is exploring ways to restructure debt. Blockbuster has been working with Rothschild Inc. since February 2009 on financing and strategy, the Dallas-based company said. The company has total debt of $963.9 million, including leases. The company closed 253 stores in January as more consumers turned to Coinstar Inc.'s Redbox movie vending machines and mail-order and online rental services such as Netflix Inc. Blockbuster, which licenses its name for rental kiosks owned by NCR Corp.
September 25, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Staples Inc. is speeding up store closures, shaking up management and boosting its online business as the office-supply chain implements a multiyear plan to cut costs. The Framingham, Mass.-based company is looking to save $250 million, before taxes, by the end of fiscal year 2015. At that point, Staples said it intends to have shaved down its retail square footage by 15%. For now, the chain is looking to accelerate the shutdown of 15 U.S. stores. By the end of its fiscal year, Staples said it expects to have 30 net store closures and 30 downsized or relocated stores in North America.
March 13, 2012 | By Shan Li
Struggling Barnes & Noble Inc., in its latest attempt to draw shoppers into bricks-and-mortar stores, is adding 25 in-store boutiques that sell products from Penguin publishing house, a report said. These boutiques, which have already been tested in 10 Barnes & Noble stores, are stocked with books published by Penguin and other gift-type items such as mugs and totes, the Wall Street Journal reported. Each one occupies about 200 square feet. The test boutiques have proved successful thus far, and Barnes & Noble decided to expand the concept into more than two dozen other stores, said Patricia Bostelman, a vice president of marketing for the bookseller.
October 29, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Hurricane Sandy is bearing down hard on the East Coast. Atlantic City, N.J., casinos have been evacuated. Jersey Shore is abandoned. Some Manhattan streets are starting to flood. The mega-storm has already smashed through construction sites, shut down stores and Wall Street and left even jaded residents slightly panicky. Vendors of essential items such as food, water, gas and batteries are prohibited from price-gouging during the tempest, warned New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
June 14, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
The gale force of controversy that's battered Lululemon Athletica Inc. in recent months would have left most executives curled up in a ball, bedridden and buried under a mound of crumpled tissues. Instead, the company's leadership team, which had to recall its too-sheer black yoga pants in March and has been suffering ever since, appears to be in stitches. On Monday, Chief Executive Christine Day said she would step down from her post once a replacement was found. The announcement came two months after Chief Product Officer Sheree Waterson was removed.
July 28, 2013 | By Adam Tschorn
When online eyewear purveyor Warby Parker launched its website in February 2010, the goal was simple: to leverage the power of the Web to offer designer-quality eyewear at less than $100 directly to the masses. Three years later, Warby Parker has sold an estimated half a million pairs of prescription glasses and non-prescription sunnies, attracted an all-star roster of style-savvy investors (J. Crew Chief Executive Millard "Mickey" Drexler and Kate Spade co-founder Andy Spade among them)
August 13, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Chinese authorities have found 22 more fake Apple Inc. stores in the city of Kunming after the uncovering of a fake Apple store in that city by a blogger. China's Administration for Industry and Commerce has suspended previously exposed stores from doing business, but the 22 newly discovered stores are instead being ordered to stop using Apple's logo and trademarks, according to a report from Reuters. State media reports said Apple China had filed a complaint with the government and accused such fake stores of unfair competition and trademark violation.
May 20, 2013 | By Stuart Pfeifer, Los Angeles Times
Sometimes smaller is better. That's the philosophy of Big 5 Sporting Goods Corp., which owns 415 sporting-goods stores in 12 states, about half of them in California. The El Segundo company believes that operating a large number of easily accessible, smaller stores is more profitable than offering fewer big ones. The average size of its stores is 11,000 square feet, less than a quarter the size of its big-box competitors. "It allows us to be more convenient in metropolitan markets," said Steven G. Miller, Big 5's chief executive and son of co-founder Robert W. Miller.
December 23, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Firefighters battled through the night to contain a raging fire that swept through a market in the Afghan capital. No injuries were reported, but the blaze destroyed hundreds of stores and millions of dollars worth of merchandise, Afghan police and firefighters said at the scene.  Dealers at the neighboring currency exchange, the city's largest, said they evacuated cash, computer equipment and records from their shops as...
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