October 17, 2009 |
For most retail stores, staying in business for only a few days would be considered a major flop. But a growing number of merchants are opening shops and abruptly shutting them down soon after -- on purpose. These quickie retail operations -- known as pop-ups -- are showing up throughout Southern California and around the nation, filling in the gaps at recession-battered shopping centers for a fraction of the regular rents. Once limited to seasonal shops and dusty liquidation centers, pop-up stores are now being opened by some of the nation's biggest retailers.
August 13, 2011 |
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.
December 23, 2012 |
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...
July 29, 2012 |
Frank Thode bought his first refrigerator from Sears in Santa Monica as a young newlywed. That was back in 1957. For nearly five decades, he stopped at the department store almost once a week, picking up tools or clothes or appliances. But in recent years, he has hardly ever gone by the distinctive green-and-white Modern-style store on Colorado Avenue near the Santa Monica Pier still bearing its original Sears neon sign. "It basically looks like the same store from way back when with newer clothes and appliances," said the 78-year-old retired truck driver, surveying the store on a rare visit to inspect washers and dryers.
October 11, 2013 |
Forget summer, forget fall. In L.A.'s home furnishings marketplace, the name of the season is change. As consumers fluff homes for the holidays, the rush of new stores and expansions is enough to daunt even the most devoted shopper. A sampling of the comings and goings: Bobby Berk Home: The company that describes itself as “California chic” opened its first store here last week after establishing its brand in New York, Atlanta and Miami. Berk, 31, said his space in the Helms Bakery complex is something of a test site for his just-released line of contemporary sofas, chairs, dressers and tables, all made in downtown L.A. Other names familiar to fans of modern design - Bend, Loll, Fermob - fill out the shop.
May 20, 2013 |
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 26, 2010 |
It's the day after Christmas, and you're staring down a small mound of gifts you'd never ? not in a million years ? purchase for yourself. How to flip that reindeer sweater into a chic cashmere scarf without getting into a tangle with a salesperson? We asked Trina Gupta, founder of Los Angeles-based personal shopping firm Petite Style Studio, to give us her tips on how to return or exchange unwanted merchandise with little to no fuss. Delay and expect to pay "Time is the biggest factor when returning something," Gupta said, "because the stores want to be able to resell the product, and the longer you wait, the less relevant that product becomes.
August 20, 2009 |
Dump out the coffee cans, car ashtrays and the bottom of your purse. The lowly penny, which almost was taken out of circulation three years ago, is making a comeback as the recession puts a crimp in back-to-school sales. Spiral notebooks, batteries, markers, crayons, pencils and even some clothing are just a few of the items going for 1 cent these days. The gimmick, which seems as old as the penny, is gaining traction as merchants try to attract penny-pinching consumers with deals.
January 28, 2013 |
Barnes & Noble will shut up to a third of its brick-and-mortar bookstores over the next decade as reading habits change and digital publications evolve, according to a new report. The chain will end up with 450 to 500 stores in 10 years, down from the 689 physical stores it has now, according to Mitchell Klipper, chief executive of Barnes & Noble's retail group. That evens out to about 20 stores shuttered yearly over the period, Klipper said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.
December 13, 2012 |
It's keeping up with the Joneses, retail edition. Toys R Us says its stores will be open for 88 straight hours in the days leading up to Christmas, following in the footsteps of other retailers opening for shop-til-you-drop marathons to woo procrastinating consumers. The retail marathon will start at 6 a.m. on Dec. 21 and conclude at 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. Troy Rice, executive vice president of stores and services, said the extended hours will allow people to shop "whenever it is convenient to them.