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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.

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.

Back-To-School Might Go On…and On

Back-To-School Might Go On…and On

The back-to-school season is considered a crucial time for many retailers. For teen retailers, it can make up more than 41 percent of sales for the third quarter, according to Adrienne Yih Tennant, a Wall Street analyst.

PacSun Sheds Bankruptcy, Emerging as a Private Company

PacSun to move forward as a private company.

August Business Tough for Many

August is considered one of the crucial months for the Back-to-School season, and it was tough for many retailers.

QVC: Living Large With First West Coast Distribution Center

QVC: Living Large With First West Coast Distribution Center

Everything about QVC Inc.’s first West Coast distribution center in Ontario, Calif., seems big.

Guess Sees Nearly Flat Second-Quarter Revenues

Guess, the Los Angeles company known for its sexy clothes and even sexier ads, reported a slight decline in its second-quarter revenues for fiscal 2017 as tourist traffic to stores dipped in the United States.

Nordstrom Brings New Concept to LA Store

One year ago, Nordstrom launched a new in-store boutique called Space. The idea was to feature emerging and advanced designers and labels such as Simone Rocha, Vetements, Comme des Garçons, Ellery and Undercover.

Elyse Walker Opens Orange County Shop

Elyse Walker Opens Orange County Shop

Los Angeles retailer Elyse Walker has a new address.

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