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Retail Industry Focus: Southern California Retail’s New Streets

By Andrew Asch | September 22, 2016

Even in a challenging retail market, opportunity knocks for Los Angeles’ shop owners. Entrepreneurs continue to open in the megalopolis’s established retail neighborhoods, but they’re also pioneering newer enclaves.

Fred Segal Sign Center of Lawsuit

In the fast-changing world of Los Angeles boutique retail, the red, white and blue logo of Fred Segal has been an icon for decades, but a recently filed lawsuit might decide whether the famous sign can stay or must go at the first Fred Segal store opened on Melrose Avenue.

The North Face Opens a Concept Store in San Francisco

In an old brick building, The North Face has opened a new concept store, tapping a spot right near Jackson Square in San Francisco.

Lido Marina Village Opens in Newport Beach

Lido Marina Village observed its soft opening recently by serving free artisanal ice cream while children played with toy boats on one of the decks of the Newport Beach, Calif., retail center.

Row DTLA Takes A Risk in Gritty Area

Row DTLA Takes A Risk in Gritty Area

The area looks gritty, located in the industrial district of downtown Los Angeles, but in one year the 700 block of South Alameda Street will be the center of a unique, high-end restaurant and boutique retail district if things go according to the plans of developer Runyon Group.

Retail Sales Mixed for September

Zumiez Inc. was one of the lucky retailers who beat pessimistic forecasts predicting that the retailer would see a decline in its same-store sales results.

Karan’s Urban Zen to West Hollywood

Karan’s Urban Zen to West Hollywood

Fashion star Donna Karan will bring her Urban Zen concept to the Los Angeles area for a second engagement.

Forecast: Holiday Sales to Increase 3.6 Percent

The first forecasts for the upcoming 2016 holiday season have been released, and they predict that retailers will enjoy solid sales during the crucial season which can comprise more than 20 percent of a retailer’s annual business, according to the National Retail Federation, a Washington D.C. retail trade organization.

Nordstrom Exec. Changes Bolster Online Biz

Nordstrom Inc. named Ken Worzel president of Nordstrom.com in an effort to strengthen Nordstrom’s online and m-commerce business.

Combatant Gentlemen Pops at Bloomies

Combatant Gentlemen Pops at Bloomies

Internet suit shop Combatant Gentlemen is exploring all types of bricks-and-mortar.

Hippe BeachBum: Life of the Beach Party

Hippe BeachBum: Life of the Beach Party

Beaches and beach lifestyle are geared toward fun, said designer Norma Morrow, and someone needed to inject more of a sense of fun into the scene.

PacSun Sheds Bankruptcy, Emerging as a Private Company

Five months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Pacific Sunwear of California has been acquired by a San Francisco private-equity investment firm.

Expanded Broadway Plaza Shopping Center Officially Reopens

After years of renovation and expansion, Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif., officially reopened with 90 percent of its space leased.

Arsonist Suspected in Gap Distribution Center Fire

After one of Gap Inc.’s largest distribution centers was severely damaged by fire, the company was scrambling to fill online orders and get merchandise on store shelves in its Northeast territory.

The Great Outdoors Sets Up Camp in LA’s Arts District

While contemporary and designer boutiques are finding new homes in downtown Los Angeles’ Arts District, retailer Gene Han is gambling that the bohemian enclave will embrace a new style of high-end camping.