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Gap Inc. Reveals Plans for Omni-Channel and Asia Expansion

By Deborah Belgum | April 17, 2014

In the next three years, Gap Inc. hopes its sales in China will reach $1 billion as it expands the number of stores located there and pumps up its omni-channel offerings.

South Coast Plaza Has a Scotch & Soda

Dutch brand Scotch & Soda opened a 2,700-square-foot store at 1340 Abbot Kinney Blvd. in 2013. In May, it is scheduled to open its first shop in Orange County at upscale shopping center South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Zadig & Voltaire to Malibu Village

French basics line Zadig & Voltaire opened a shop in West Hollywood, Calif.’s Sunset Plaza shopping district in 2006 but just started a growth spurt in the past year.

Satine Kawaii Takes a Bow in Venice

Los Angeles boutique chain Satine typically represents stylish fashions, and now it represents cute in its new store, Satine Kawaii.

Jami Lyn Clothes Downsizes to New Store

After nearly 25 years on the same section of Robertson Boulevard, the well-known Jami Lyn Clothes store is moving one block south, which technically moves the store out of Beverly Hills and into Los Angeles.

Retail CFOs Optimistic About 2014

Despite a less-than-stellar holiday season, chief financial officers at retail organizations across the United States were upbeat about 2014, predicting a 5.1 percent increase in to­tal sales and a 4.8 percent increase in same-store sales.

Uniqlo to Open at South Coast Plaza, Beverly Center

On Feb. 13, Fast Retailing, the parent company of the popular Japanese clothier, announced that it will open Uniqlo stores this fall in top malls South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, Calif. and Beverly Center, a mall owned by Taubman Centers in Los Angeles.

Checking in on LA’s Larchmont Boulevard

Checking in on LA’s Larchmont Boulevard

Tucked away in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles, Larchmont Boulevard is a friendly street with a small-town feel.

Tough January Showed Bright Spots

Extreme weather made the traditionally low sales month of January even tougher for retailers. However, businesses rallied, said the International Council of Shopping Centers, and sales increased 3.5 percent, according to its tally of comparable-store sales.

La Tres Lingerie: Bringing a Feminine Touch to Downtown LA

La Tres Lingerie: Bringing a Feminine Touch to Downtown LA

When Tray Hayslette decided to open a lingerie store in Southern California, she chose a space on Main Street in downtown LA.

Vestar to Acquire, Redevelop The Village at Orange

Vestar, a privately held real estate company headquartered in Phoenix, recently announced plans to acquire and redevelop regional mall The Village at Orange in Orange, Calif.

Catherine Martin to be honored by Rodeo Drive Walk of Style

Catherine Martin, a costume and production designer who gained note for working with Miuccia Prada on costumes for the 2013 film “The Great Gatsby,” will be inducted into the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style, it was announced on Feb. 5.

Gap Closes 1969 Design Studio in Los Angeles

When The Gap Inc. opened its artsy denim design studio in the heart of downtown Los Angeles nearly four years ago, the company later went on a big media campaign touting the creative spirit wrapped up in the new locale.

End of the Mall?  Retail And Real Estate Experts Weigh In on the Future of the Shopping Center

End of the Mall? Retail And Real Estate Experts Weigh In on the Future of the Shopping Center

The traditional mall is losing relevance. It might already be a dinosaur.

Gap Closes 1969 Design Studio in Los Angeles

Gap Inc. closed its denim design studio in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, where designers worked on the company’s 1969 brand, named for the year the company was founded.

Chico’s Soma Intimates Enlists Customers in Charitable Bra Donation Effort

Soma Intimates, the intimate-apparel retailer owned by Fort Myers, Fla.–based Chico’s FAS, is collecting new and “gently worn” bras for the latest edition of its “Giving Is Beautiful” campaign, which will benefit the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).