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.
March 20, 2010 |
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.
June 4, 1985 |
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.
March 3, 1999 |
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.
September 27, 2005 |
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.
May 28, 1995 |
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.