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August 10, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
State Controller Steve Westly on Monday endorsed a proposed ordinance, to be voted on by the City Council today, that would discourage Wal-Mart and other large retailers from opening mammoth superstores in the city. Citing a recent UC Berkeley study, Westly said low-wage workers must rely on state-funded programs for support. "Wal-Mart may save its customers some money at the checkout stand, but California taxpayers are getting the bill," Westly said during a news conference at City Hall.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 2012 | By Victoria Kim and Aida Ahmad, Los Angeles Times
Five years after he was first indicted and after two prosecutions ended in mistrials, a Los Angeles-based maker and distributor of niche fetish films was convicted Friday of federal obscenity charges. Ira Isaacs, who produced, sold and sometimes acted in films depicting scatology and bestiality, was convicted on five counts of selling and distributing obscene material, based on films he sold through a site he advertised as "the Web's largest fetish VHS, DVD superstore. " The seven-woman, five-man jury deliberated for less than two hours Friday after a weeklong trial, the bulk of which was made up of the screening of four films, two of them Isaacs' own creations.
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BUSINESS
May 29, 1989
Sears 'Superstore' Opens: Sears, Roebuck & Co. has unveiled a new menswear "superstore within a store" in its suburban Aurora, Ill., store. Michael Bozic, chairman and chief executive of Sears Merchandise Group, said the Men's Store at Sears is a pilot for similar efforts planned to be rolled out nationwide early next year. The new format concentrates on six distinctive shops with more than 70 national and Sears brands. Other formats are being developed and prototypes will be opened this year as part of Sears' growth strategy.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2012 | By Shan Li and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
After a disappointing holiday season, electronics big-box giant Best Buy Co.is paring operations, closing 50 of its superstores and shrinking the size of others. Reporting losses for the fourth quarter and last fiscal year, the struggling firm laid out plans Thursday to focus on opening smaller-format stores and revamped superstores that are 20% smaller. The downsizing effort has been underway for months. Last year, the giant retailer, which has about 1,400 stores nationwide, launched plans to wall off parts of its enormous stores and sublet space to smaller retailers such as beauty salons and grocery stores.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 1, 1999
Re Las Vegas, "entertainment superstore" ("Give My Regards to . . . Vegas?," July 18): "Chicago" in Las Vegas at the Mandalay is grossing $600,000 a week with tickets from $55 to $85, yet they have an orchestra of five live musicians. "Chicago" on Broadway at the Shubert Theatre grossed $583,810 during the week ending July 18, with tickets from $30 to $80, and they've hired 24 musicians. Thus Las Vegas is indeed a "superstore," albeit one with overpriced imitations. Some audience members may wonder when greed will give way to a few more shreds of artistic integrity and Las Vegas will again use more live musicians than tape players in its showrooms.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
In the increasingly brutal book wars, Borders Group Inc. is learning what coffeehouses long have known: Encourage shoppers to think of you as a home away from home and they'll spend more, maybe even become regulars. To spur that feeling, Borders quietly unveiled a program last month that invites book clubs to convene at its cafes instead of in members' homes. The step is geared toward helping the money-losing bookstore chain drum up sales and reshape itself into a local gathering place instead of a faceless superstore.
BUSINESS
June 4, 1985 | DANIEL AKST, Times Staff Writer
Expanding in Southern California, Sherman Oaks-based House of Fabrics said it has bought 18 stores from the 23-store Home Silk Shop chain for an undisclosed amount of cash. The deal with the much smaller Home Silk Shop chain comes just a month after merger talks between the two companies collapsed after House of Fabrics issued a disappointing earnings report. House of Fabrics is America's largest retailer of home sewing fabrics, with 760 stores in 47 states.
BUSINESS
March 3, 1999 | Joseph Menn
Dell Computer Corp. is plunging further into e-commerce with the opening this week of an "online superstore." Consumers will be able to buy more than 30,000 computer-related items, ranging from software to Palm handheld devices, at http://www.gigabuys.com, Chief Executive Michael Dell said. Dell already sells millions of dollars worth of computers and peripherals daily over its own Web site.
NEWS
September 27, 2005 | Scott Doggett
BASS Pro Shops, a major catalog and online retailer of outdoors equipment, will open its first Southern California mega-showroom in 2007. No mere sporting goods store, the 180,000-square-foot supercenter planned for Rancho Cucamonga will feature a boat shop, nature center, outdoor apparel, wildlife viewing and gear for backpacking, hunting and fishing, camping and more, plus a 10,000-square-foot restaurant. Bass Pro Shops stores are spectacles that resemble a lodge, museum and retail center.
BOOKS
May 28, 1995 | CHRIS GOODRICH
In 1992, when the Borders bookstore chain operated just 19 "superstores," it planned to take the business public. The offering was much anticipated in the publishing world--Borders CEO Robert DiRomualdo had already been called a bookselling "visionary"--but the stock sale never came to pass. The Kmart Corp., owner of Waldenbooks, swept in with an offer of its own, and the Ann Arbor-based Borders, to the dismay of many would-be investors, soon became a jewel in the Kmart crown.
BUSINESS
September 3, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
The world's largest retailer has only Gov. Jerry Brown left to act on its appeal to reject legislation that could curtail plans to build more of its sprawling superstores in urban areas of California. The Assembly this week approved a bill that would require that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and certain other mega-retailers conduct economic impact studies before local governments approve proposals to build big-box outlets that sell both general merchandise and groceries. The Senate previously passed the measure.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 2011 | By Salvador Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
Norbert Olberz, founder of the Southern California-based Sport Chalet chain of outdoor recreational equipment stores, died of natural causes Friday at his home in La CaƱada Flintridge, the company announced. He was 86. As chief executive for four decades, Olberz transformed Sport Chalet from a small local business into a large public company that operates 55 stores in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. Born in the village of Niederhoevels, Germany, in 1925, Olberz arrived in the United States in 1955.
BUSINESS
March 20, 2010 | By Sandra M. Jones
In the increasingly brutal book wars, Borders Group Inc. is learning what coffeehouses long have known: Encourage shoppers to think of you as a home away from home and they'll spend more, maybe even become regulars. To spur that feeling, Borders quietly unveiled a program last month that invites book clubs to convene at its cafes instead of in members' homes. The step is geared toward helping the money-losing bookstore chain drum up sales and reshape itself into a local gathering place instead of a faceless superstore.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 4, 2007 | Dave McKibben, Times Staff Writer
Many cities would be cheering the news that Wal-Mart and one of its mega-controversial superstores had moved out of town before even unpacking its bags. But in Garden Grove, a town always pressed for cash and respect, city officials and neighborhood business owners are mourning the big-box retailer's abrupt departure -- which occurred just days before city planners were to vote on the project. "It was cruel the way they did it," said Garden Grove Councilman Bruce Broadwater.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2006 | Jennifer Delson, Times Staff Writer
La Curacao, a 100,000-square-foot superstore that caters to Latino immigrants, is scheduled to open its doors this week in Fountain Valley, surprising some in Santa Ana who wondered why their heavily Latino city didn't land the retail outfit. In Santa Ana, "it's all about how we can attract non-Hispanics, so I'm not surprised the store is in Fountain Valley," said Sam Romero, who owns a Santa Ana religious-articles shop.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a move that could discourage Wal-Mart from opening a superstore, the City Council voted 4-0 to approve an ordinance requiring extra scrutiny of proposals to build giant retail outlets. The measure does not name Wal-Mart specifically, but it takes aim at the kinds of retail operations that fit its superstore profile -- outlets that are more than 100,000 square feet, with more than 10% of the area devoted to grocery products.
NEWS
October 13, 1999 | JIM MANN
One thing never changes in America's post-Cold War foreign policy, and that is the awesome power of the U.S. arms-exporting industries. Last week, a joint House-Senate conference committee quietly approved language that could open the way once again for American arms sales to India and Pakistan--two nations covered by U.S. sanctions as the result of their nuclear weapons programs. Never mind that the Indian subcontinent is one of the world's flash points.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 12, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a move that could discourage Wal-Mart from opening a superstore, the City Council voted 4-0 to approve an ordinance requiring extra scrutiny of proposals to build giant retail outlets. The measure does not name Wal-Mart specifically, but it takes aim at the kinds of retail operations that fit its superstore profile -- outlets that are more than 100,000 square feet, with more than 10% of the area devoted to grocery products.
BUSINESS
October 8, 2005 | James F. Peltz, Times Staff Writer
Struggling to keep pace with the fast-changing market for consumer electronics, Good Guys Inc. found it wasn't quite good enough. The retailer, which specialized in higher-end televisions, home audio systems and other cutting-edge electronics gear, catered to savvy technophiles while providing trained store personnel to educate less sophisticated customers.
NEWS
September 27, 2005 | Scott Doggett
BASS Pro Shops, a major catalog and online retailer of outdoors equipment, will open its first Southern California mega-showroom in 2007. No mere sporting goods store, the 180,000-square-foot supercenter planned for Rancho Cucamonga will feature a boat shop, nature center, outdoor apparel, wildlife viewing and gear for backpacking, hunting and fishing, camping and more, plus a 10,000-square-foot restaurant. Bass Pro Shops stores are spectacles that resemble a lodge, museum and retail center.
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