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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...
October 11, 2013 | By Craig Nakano
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.
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.
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.
January 28, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 6, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
True Religion Apparel Inc., which sells jeans for more than $200 a pair, said it ended its review of alternatives and would focus on opening its own stores and expanding its wholesale and licensing business. The Los Angeles-based company, which had retained Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to review "a number of strategic opportunities," said in a statement that it would add six retail stores for a total of 14 in 2007 and would have at least 50 stores by the end of 2009.
September 17, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
The department store industry, coming off its worst year in three decades of market share decline, is mounting an all-out battle for the next generation of shoppers. After years of looking the other way as Forever 21, H&M, Zara and an ever-expanding array of online retailers captured the under-25 market, department stores are pouring money and effort into winning them back. The tactics range from convening online advisory panels of teenagers to establishing in-house, fast-fashion lines to setting up self-service cosmetic stands.
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