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Macy’s Boosts Sustainability Efforts

By Alison A. Nieder | July 24, 2014

Department-store giant Macy’s Inc. is introducing several new sustainability programs that will be rolled out this year and the next.

Nordstrom Expanding Online and With Bricks-and-Mortar

Nordstrom Inc. is busy laying down plans for a new outlet store in Orange County while buying an e-commerce site that caters to men.

Madison’s Melrose Store Closes in Real Estate Deal

After a 16-year run, prominent Los Angeles boutique chain Madison shuttered its Melrose Avenue location on July 26, the company’s second store closing in two months.

Gap to Launch Brand in Slovenia and Austria

San Francisco–based Gap Inc. has struck an agreement with new and existing franchise partners to extend the Gap brand to Slovenia and Austria.

Silver Jeans Stores Files Chapter 11, Plans Retail Liquidation

SJC Inc., the company that has been operating the Silver Jeans retail stores, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 21 in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del., with plans to close five Silver Jeans stores and liquidate inventory.

The Venice Retail Scene

The Venice Retail Scene

As a tourist hot spot and local hangout, Abbot Kinney in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach neighborhood is the central retail destination for eclectic finds and true laid-back Southern California style. The mile-long stretch boasts a multitude of apparel, swim, footwear, accessories and home items, many of which are locally sourced.

Fred Segal Heads to Tokyo in Global Expansion

Fred Segal, the Los Angeles nameplate launched in 1961 by denim guru Fred Segal, is setting up stakes in Tokyo with its first retail complex outside of the United States.

The Outlets at Tejon to  Open

The Outlets at Tejon to Open

More than 70 well-known retailers are scheduled to open stores at the new Outlets at Tejon center on Aug. 7.

Love Culture Retail Chain for Sale After Filing for Bankruptcy

Love Culture, the Los Angeles–based retail chain founded by two former Forever 21 executives, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

L.A. Boutique Veterans Alisa Loftin and Neely Shearer Return to Retail With In Heroes We Trust

After a long break, two stars of Los Angeles’ boutique scene, Neely Shearer and Alisa Loftin, will open a new store near booming Abbot Kinney Boulevard.

June Sales Better Than Expected

A month of warm weather melted some of the winter blues held by some retailers, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York trade group for the shopping-center business.

Tough Times in Retail Lead to Complex Ways to Thrive

Tough Times in Retail Lead to Complex Ways to Thrive

After a decade of solid growth, Ricky Takizawa’s Popkiller chain of stores will experience its first big setback. Its long-running boutique at The Lab, an upscale and hip specialty retail center in Costa Mesa, Calif., is scheduled to close at the end of July.

Bebe Announces New Board Members

Last month Bebe Stores Inc. named Jim Wiggett as its interim chief executive officer. Now the beleaguered contemporary retailer has revamped its board of directors.

Sport Chalet Acquired by East Coast Retail Group

Sport Chalet Acquired by East Coast Retail Group

Sport Chalet Inc., a prominent West Coast retailer of sporting goods for more than 50 years, was acquired by Vestis Retail Group,which runs Bob’s Stores and Eastern Mountain Sports.

Le Tote: Finding A Stylist In The Machine

Le Tote is riding the wave that has spawned other rental e-commerce rental sites such as Rent the Runway and Bag Borrow & Steal. But the San Francisco e-retailer has carved out a unique niche for itself.

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