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Madison’s Melrose Store Closes in Real Estate Deal

By Andrew Asch | July 31, 2014

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.

Retailers: If FCC Changes Net Neutrality, There Will Be Turmoil

E-commerce executives see big road blocks to their booming business if the Federal Communications Commission changes rules on net neutrality Thursday.

For Love & Business

For Love & Business

Leran Hadar and Marine Azria are partners in love and in business, and they recently opened a new boutique, The Piece Collective, on Abbot Kinney Boulevard, which has become one of Los Angeles’ most sought-after places to open a shop.

Ross Names Barbara Rentler as New CEO

Ross Stores Inc., one of America’s dominant off-price apparel and home-fashion chains, announced a succession plan May 7 to replace Michael Balmuth, the Dublin, Calif.–based retailer’s vice chairman and chief executive officer, who has led the company since 1996.

April Sales Fueled by Easter & Pent-up Demand

April retail sales increased 6 percent, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers, a New York–headquartered trade group for retail centers.

Boutiques Ordered to Vacate Fred Segal Santa Monica

Boutiques Ordered to Vacate Fred Segal Santa Monica

The 500 Broadway building of landmark retailer Fred Segal in Santa Monica, Calif., is closing to make way for the construction of a new structure, and the 500 Broadway boutique owners in the building were recently notified that they must vacate by the end of May.

New Mall With a Civic Angle Hopes to Lift Economy in South Gate, Calif.

New Mall With a Civic Angle Hopes to Lift Economy in South Gate, Calif.

One of Los Angeles County’s new retail hot spots is South Gate, a blue-collar, predominantly Latino city with a high unemployment rate.

Boutiques Ordered to Vacate Fred Segal Santa Monica

Boutique owners of the 500 Broadway building of landmark retailer Fred Segal in Santa Monica, Calif., were recently notified that they must vacate by the end of May to make way for the construction of a new building.

Rodeo Celebrates 100 Years

Rodeo Celebrates 100 Years

Rodeo Drive, one of Los Angeles County’s top shopping streets, became party central on April 27, when the City of Beverly Hills celebrated its centennial.

Planet Blue Opening in Palo Alto, Calif.

Approaching its 20th anniversary, Santa Monica, Calif.–headquartered contemporary chain Planet Blue is scheduled to open its first Northern California store on May 23.

Alice + Olivia leaving Robertson to Open on Melrose

Contemporary retailer Alice + Olivia by Stacey Bendet is on the move. It is scheduled to open a new shop at 8501 Melrose Ave. in West Hollywood, Calif., this summer and shutter its store at 134 S. Robertson Blvd.

Wet Seal Shutters Arden B Stores

Teen retailer Wet Seal Inc. is shedding its young contemporary chain of stores called Arden B, which last year accounted for only $60.4 million in revenues, or 11 percent of the company’s total revenues.

Gypsy05 to Begin Retail Rollout With Robertson

Gypsy05 to Begin Retail Rollout With Robertson

Los Angeles fashion label Gypsy05 made waves with its eco-friendly clothes and production methods, and, after nearly 10 years selling its clothes at retailers such as Saks Fifth Avenue, American Rag and Revolve Clothing, Gypsy05 will be rolling out its own branded stores.

Wet Seal Exiting Arden B Business to Concentrate on Plus-Size Stores

Wet Seal Inc. to convert 31 Arden B stores to Wet Seal + merchandise and the rest to Wet Seal merchandise .

Forever 21 Opening New Store Concept

Fast-fashion retailer Forever 21 is going after the bargain shopper with gusto.

Oak To Open 2nd LA Boutique, on Beverly Blvd

Oak, the American Apparel–owned high-fashion chain of boutiques, is on the move and will open a second Los Angeles boutique in the next few weeks. However, a specific date has not been announced, said Conor Riley, Oak’s social-media director.