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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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BUSINESS
May 6, 2011 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles apparel chain Metropark USA Inc. has filed for bankruptcy and is shutting all 69 stores, including 18 in California. Metropark, a specialty retailer that has catered to the 25- to 35-year-old market, is known for offering a shopping experience that was part store, part club. Despite a rapid expansion, the company has struggled to become popular among young adult shoppers and sales fell sharply during the economic downturn. The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
December 6, 2012 | By Shan Li
British supermarket giant Tesco may soon be bidding bon voyage to its American problem child. Five years after the company landed in California and opened 200 stores across the West, Tesco said it is preparing to sell its struggling Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market chain and retreat from the U.S. market altogether. "It's likely, but not certain, that our presence in America will come to an end," Tesco Chief Executive Philip Clarke during a Wednesday conference call from Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
December 16, 2010 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
If you thought crazy store hours were strictly a Black Friday phenomenon, get ready for next week. With little more than a week left before Christmas, retailers are making their final push to entice last-minute shoppers. The last 10 days of the season traditionally bring out huge crowds — retailers see about one-third of their holiday sales during the period — and this year is no exception. Toys R Us announced that it would remain open for 88 hours in a row starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday and continuing until 10 p.m. on Christmas Eve. It's the first time that all Toys R Us stores nationwide will stay open around the clock during the final countdown to Christmas.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Best Buy's sprawling blue big-box stores will start disappearing this year, replaced by more compact shops and mobile-only stores as the country's largest consumer electronics retailer tries to reclaim revenue from rivals such as Amazon. The company will shut down 50 of its large-model stores this year while testing new branches that are 20% smaller in San Antonio, Texas, St. Paul, Minn. and Best Buy's Minneapolis hometown. The downsizing has been in the works for months . The electronics giant also wants to cut $800 million out of its costs by 2015, including $250 million within the next fiscal year.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
J.C. Penney Co. is attempting to right-size itself by closing 33 under-performing stores around the country and eliminating 2,000 positions, the retailer said Wednesday. The Plano, Texas, company said it hopes the effort will save $65 million a year beginning this year. Units getting the ax will finish shutting down in early May. The only store closing in California is at Arrow Plaza in Rancho Cucamonga. Chief Executive Myron Ullman said the cuts were necessary as part of J.C. Penney's “progress toward long-term profitable growth.” The company operates roughly 1,100 stores nationwide.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Beleaguered Best Buy will close three stores in Southern California as part of a previously announced plan to shut 50 locations by the end of the year. The three stores are at 10861 Weyburn Ave. in Westwood; 4120 E. 4th St. in Ontario; and 2857 Park Ave. in Tustin. Eight of the 50 stores had already been tapped for closure. Of the 42 locations announced Saturday, Best Buy said most would be shut by May 12; three additional locations will close by late summer. "This was not an easy decision to make," the company said in a statement.
NEWS
September 24, 1987 | United Press International
The ruling Politburo today approved a measure that would allow the opening of the first semiprivate stores in the Soviet Union in 59 years in order to increase the sales of consumer goods. The 14-man policy-making body ruled that individual small stores, kiosks or stalls can be set up by cooperatives or families, the official Tass press agency said.
BUSINESS
August 8, 2000 | Bloomberg News
IParty Corp., which sells party goods over the Internet, plans to buy 33 retail stores in New England and Florida from Big Party Corp. for an undisclosed price. Big Party, which filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, operates 54 U.S. stores and had sales of about $69 million in 1999. New York-based IParty plans to acquire the inventory, fixed assets and leases of Big Party stores in six states. The purchase will give IParty its first "bricks-and-mortar" shops.
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