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Black Friday Shopping Up, Deals Abound

By Andrew Asch | November 28, 2016

More people shopped on Black Friday, but spending per person was down, according to the National Retail Federation trade group, headquartered in Washington D.C.

2016 Newsmakers: Mall Development Returns

Two years ago, retail was buzzing with talk that the mall was dead. At the National Retail Federation’s Big Show, Rick J. Caruso, founder of The Grove retail center in Los Angeles, said that the mall was doomed.

The People, Companies and Ideas that Made News in 2016

The People, Companies and Ideas that Made News in 2016

From high-profile bankruptcies in manufacturing, shipping and e-commerce to million-dollar development projects across the Southland, 2016 was a year of stark contrasts for the apparel industry.

Wild Ride for Retailers in November

Retailers reported mixed sales after a rollercoaster ride for business in November.

Black Friday Shopping Up, Deals Abound

More people shopped on Black Friday, but spending per person was down, according to the National Retail Federation trade group, headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Phase 1 for Westfield Century City Remodel: Bloomingdale’s

Phase 1 for Westfield Century City Remodel: Bloomingdale’s

Construction on the more than $955 million remodel of Westfield Century City in Los Angeles’ Century City neighborhood has been underway since 2013, but the luxe center recently observed a low-key debut that will be key to the center’s new look, said William Hecht, Westfield’s chief operating officer.

Alice + Olivia, AG Opening at Fashion Island

A 2,000-square-foot boutique for Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet opened its doors for business Nov. 18 at the Fashion Island retail center in Newport Beach, Calif.

Holiday Lights on Rodeo

Holiday Lights on Rodeo

Bright lights illuminate Rodeo Drive almost every night of the year. But the iconic shopping district turned the lighting even higher with its 30th Annual Beverly Hills Holiday Lighting Celebration on Nov. 20.

Carbon38 Pops Up on Robertson

Carbon38 Pops Up on Robertson

Temporary store showcases diverse mix of brands including Carbon38’s own Made–in–Los Angeles collections and designer collaborations.

Catalog Retailer Distinctive Apparel Picks Up Two New Catalog/Online Brands

Distinctive Apparel Inc. (DAI) has acquired catalog and online retailers TravelSmith and Chasing Fireflies from Cornerstone Brands, a division of Home Shopping Network.

What’s Checking on West 3rd Street

What’s Checking on West 3rd Street

Loyal longtime customers and heavy foot traffic continue to make West Third Street a retail destination in Los Angeles. Retail owners recently saw a street-wide hike in rent but still report steady business on the thoroughfare runway between La Cienega Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in the heart of Los Angeles.

Gap’s October Sales Dip

A fire in Gap Inc.’s Fishkill, N.Y., distribution center proved devastating to the retail giant. Because of the Aug. 29 fire, Gap’s October 2016 same-store sales declined 1 percent, according to a statement from the San Francisco–headquartered company.

How Los Angeles Shopping Centers Are Targeting the Millennial Customer

This summer, Two Rodeo Drive—the tony Beverly Hills shopping destination that looks like a faux European thoroughfare—set up an exhibit with Galerie Michael of 12 Salvador Dali sculptures that attracted hundreds of thousands of people.

Nasty Gal Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Nasty Gal Files for Bankruptcy Protection

Nasty Gal, the Los Angeles online shopping site founded in 2006 by Sophia Amoruso, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection with millions in debt.

American Apparel to Wind Down UK Clothing Stores After the Holidays

After Christmas, 13 American Apparel stores will be closed in Great Britain.

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