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By Rachel Kane | December 22, 2007
Traffic was bumper to bumper on the streets and toe to heel in the shops of downtown Burbank on Friday afternoon as shoppers got in their last-minute gift purchases. With Christmas on the horizon, just four more shopping days were left, and the sales signs in store windows were not letting any shoppers forget it. The wintry displays in department stores with their stoic, scarf-wearing mannequins belied the rush and the urgency of red tag sales beyond boutique doors. But many shoppers, like Ted Liston, 50, of Tujunga, appeared to be in good spirits.
By Chris Wiebe | December 27, 2006
Early figures show significant holiday sales increases at the Burbank Town Center, eclipsing the modest gains reported nationally. Many Town Center retailers experienced gains in the neighborhood of 10% to 15% compared to the 2005 holiday shopping season, said Jim O'Neil, executive vice president of Crown Realty and Management, which owns and operates the Burbank Town Center. "Overall, the mall sales have bucked the national trend and we are experiencing some real positive numbers increased over last year," he said.
By Ani Amirkhanian | August 4, 2007
Desi Alvarado slid down an inflatable slide with her hands in the air. After she landed, she ran barefoot toward her father. "One more, one more," the 4-year-old said as she grabbed another ticket from her father's hand. She went back up the slide, and her 2-year-old brother, Ethan, followed. Desi, Ethan and dozens of children, parents and visitors took part in Burbank's "Summer Nights at the Burbank Town Center" block party on Wednesday. The outdoor event, which is in its fourth week, featured activities for children, food and retail vendors and a movie after sundown.
By Christopher Cadelago | April 18, 2009
DOWNTOWN — The owner of the Glendale Galleria and more than 200 shopping malls nationwide filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday, resulting in one of the largest real estate failures in U.S. history, analysts said. General Growth Properties, a real estate investment trust based in Chicago, accrued $27.3 billion in debt on its way to becoming the second-largest mall operator in the U.S. The company intends to continue operating all of its shopping centers, including the Glendale Galleria and Burbank Town Center, throughout the bankruptcy process.
November 20, 2004
Kids of all ages are invited to join Santa and all his friends to kick off the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. The Burbank Town Center, featuring the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Los Angeles and a cast of holiday characters, will host the Annual Holiday Parade at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The parade will feature snowmen, holiday elves, glittery clowns, toy soldiers, gingerbread men, a teddy bear, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, a Christmas band, and Santa Claus in his horse-drawn carriage.
November 21, 2007
Mall to open early and give away Wii console The Burbank Town Center will open at 6 a.m. Friday for customers looking to get ahead on their Black Friday holiday shopping. Gift bags containing discounts and special offers for stores in the mall will be given out to early arriving shoppers. There will also be a special gift bag with a Nintendo Wii game system inside. The first 500 shoppers will also be eligible to receive a $50, $250 or $500 shopping spree in the mall.
December 22, 2004
Rima Shah Holiday shopping the week before Christmas has been sluggish locally, but retailers expect it to be a robust season overall. Some of the reasons behind the slowdown are online shopping gaining popularity and most people have already shopped for 80% of their gifts, said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Also, figures for gift cards won't be counted until recipients redeem their presents. "As gift cards are often not redeemed well into next year, the real story of Christmas may not be known until March or April of next year," Kyser said.
By Chris Wiebe | March 10, 2007
MEDIA CITY CENTER — Without the customary fanfare of a ribbon cutting, clothing retailer Loehmann's quietly opened its doors last week. Some shoppers milling around the floor on the store's first official day of business on Wednesday were surprised to see a Loehmann's in Burbank. "I didn't know they had one out here," said Van Nuys resident Angela Lopez, 35. "So I thought I'd pop in and look." Phasing in store operations through a preliminary "soft opening" before the official first day of business gives store employees the time to prepare for regular customer flow, said Ferdinando Forcellati, vice president of advertising for Loehmann's.
June 22, 2005
Rosette Gonzales Burbank kicks off the beginning of summer with a showing of "Freaky Friday" at its fourth-annual Outdoor Picture Show film series in the Ikea Courtyard tonight. Each Wednesday for eight weeks, the event will feature screenings of films including "Spider-Man" and "Harry Potter and "The Prisoner of Azkaban" at 8:30 p.m. outside Ikea, 600 N. San Fernando Blvd. Entertainment starts at 6:30 p.m. with Radio Disney and an appearance by "Herbie," the Love Bug car. A vintage fire truck parked nearby will be available for children to explore, along with the city's Kids at Play van and food vendors.
March 2, 2005
Downtown receives marketing awards Downtown Burbank received three marketing awards at the annual California Festivals and Events Assn. Celebration Awards held Feb. 19. Downtown Burbank secured first place for "Best New Idea" and took first and second place for Best Festival Brochures. The "Best New Idea" award went to Downtown Burbank for "12 Days of Holiday Cheer," Downtown Burbank's holiday collaboration with Burbank's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, Radio Disney, Ikea and Burbank Town Center.
By Alene Tchekmedyian and Tim Traeger | February 19, 2014
When shoppers at the mall are searching for those perfect skinny jeans, they can also now shop for the perfect final resting place . Forest Lawn Glendale recently opened kiosks at both the Burbank Town Center and the Glendale Galleria, where people can get information about funeral plots, urns and make plans for the Great Beyond. "We try and go where our customers are and feel comfortable," said Ben Sussman, vice president of community relations and media management for Forest Lawn.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | January 14, 2014
Swedish furniture giant IKEA got the green light from the Burbank Planning Board Tuesday to nearly double the size of its location in the city , though the project still needs to be approved by the Burbank City Council. The retailer, which opened in Burbank in 1990 as its sixth store in the United States, has outgrown its current digs at the Burbank Town Center, and hopes to relocate roughly a mile away to a nearly 23-acre lot located at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. If the project is approved, the retailer plans to start demolishing the 22 existing structures on the lot this summer.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | January 10, 2014
Swedish furniture giant IKEA may get one step closer next week to building its largest store in the United States as its proposed expansion project is slated to come before the Burbank Planning Board on Monday. The retailer announced a little more than a year ago that it had outgrown its current digs at the Burbank Town Center and hoped to relocate a few blocks away - to a nearly 23-acre lot at 805 S. San Fernando Blvd. - by 2016. At 470,000 square feet, the proposed store would be nearly double the size of its current location, and will include a 12,000-square-foot restaurant and a smaller bistro serving items such as prepackaged food, hot dogs and pizza, along with a supervised children's play area, according to city reports.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | November 29, 2013
Black Friday crept into Thanksgiving this year, with Kmart in Burbank opening its doors early Thursday morning, drawing hundreds of bargain hunters looking to snag a television, Android tablet or other discounted items. PHOTOS: Thanksgiving Day Kmart shoppers For Samantha McClour, Thanksgiving was the only time to shop because she was scheduled to work every other day of the week as well as the weekend. And since the crowds weren't overwhelming at Kmart, shopping on Thanksgiving was a pleasant experience for many.
November 25, 2013
Police are looking for a man who reportedly stole a cellphone out of the hands of a 7-year-old child on Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The boy was walking with his father near the entrance of the Burbank Town Center when the suspect approached from behind and ripped the Samsung phone out of the child's hands, said Burbank Police Lt. Eddie Ruiz. The man - described as around 18 years old, roughly 5 feet, 8 inches tall and about 145 pounds - fled westbound toward First Street.
By Alene Tchekmedyian, | October 23, 2013
Just in time for Halloween, Burbank author Herbie Pilato will be signing his latest book, “The Essential Elizabeth Montgomery: A Guide to Her Magical Performances,” which he called an “encyclopedia” of the entire body of work for the classic TV witch. The book, which includes exclusive interviews with the “Bewitched” star, comes on the heels of Pilato's “Twitch Upon a Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery,” a biography he wrote about the actress that was published last year.
By David Laurell | July 9, 2013
Every city in the United States has carved out a tradition for celebrating the nation's birth. While some stage parades, hot-dog-eating contests or community barbecues, Burbank's tradition has been centered at the Starlight Bowl, where the country's independence is celebrated with an evening of picnicking, entertainment and fireworks. With one tradition so firmly entrenched, some may think it would be difficult to attempt to introduce a new one. That thought clearly never crossed the minds of Jim O'Neil , executive vice president of Crown Realty and Development who manages the Burbank Town Center, and Linda Maxwell , who handles the mall's marketing and public relations.
January 17, 2013
Police are investigating a series of thefts in which a Cadillac Escalade and the third-row seat of a Chevy Tahoe were stolen in Burbank on Wednesday, police said. The 2003 white Escalade was stolen from the Burbank Town Center parking lot at 770 N. First St. between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., said police Sgt. Darin Ryburn. Meanwhile, a third-row seat was stolen from a Chevy Tahoe at 240 E. Orange Grove Ave. sometime between 8:15 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. Anyone with information on the thefts is encouraged to call Burbank police at (818)
By Zain Shauk | April 7, 2010
An aggressive bidding war for the operator of the Burbank Town Center and Glendale Galleria may be in the works after the company filed a reorganization plan last week in bankruptcy court, a move that has brought the local malls a step closer to full health, experts said. The plan from General Growth Properties Inc. would allow it to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as two independent companies with the backing of $6.55 billion from three investors, the firm said. But more than establishing its own restructuring plan, the filing sets the stage for other firms, like rival Simon Properties Inc., to make takeover bids.
By Zain Shauk | February 27, 2010
DOWNTOWN — General Growth Properties Inc., the operator of the Burbank Town Center and Glendale Galleria, announced late Wednesday that it agreed to a $2.65-billion deal that would give a Canadian commercial real estate firm a 30% stake in the company. The deal with Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management, which still has to be finalized, would pull General Growth out of Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings. Chicago-based General Growth is the nation’s second-largest regional mall operator, with more than 200 properties nationwide, including the largest retail destinations in Glendale and Burbank.
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