November 24, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Not surprisingly, Burbank business owners are hoping for a robust Christmas shopping season. The recently opened Empire Center, the Media Center mall and Burbank Village are expected to be the hubs driving holiday sales in Burbank. But smaller stores, such as businesses in the Magnolia Park District, have established niches for holiday shopping, local experts said. "Most of the retailers are fairly optimistic about the holiday season," said Susan Bowers, executive director of the Burbank Chamber of Commerce.
November 28, 2001
Ryan Carter BURBANK -- Consumers will need Sgt. Santa once again this year to keep an eye out for seasonal crooks. As eager holiday shoppers converge on local shopping centers for big discounts on coveted items, the seasonal rush by thieves on local shops and unsuspecting consumers has apparently also begun. "This tends to be the case every year during the holiday season," Burbank Police Sgt. Bill Taylor said. "People buy more, and people steal more."
October 24, 2001
Karen S. Kim Chamber to host mixer BURBANK VILLAGE -- The Chamber of Commerce will host a membership mixer Thursday for local businesses. Members and prospective members are invited to mingle with other local business owners and representatives from the community while sampling some of the offerings of Mi Piace, 801 N. San Fernando Blvd. The event runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and costs $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Lowe's opens today MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Another store in the Empire Center project is set to open today.
March 12, 2003
Jackson Bell The Outback Steakhouse at the Empire Center, open less than a year-and-a-half, is already outpacing every other franchise in the corporation. With $4.7 million generated in 2002 and its weekly intake about $117,000, the Australian-themed restaurant is the top seller of all the 657 Outback Steakhouses, nationally and internationally. Sixto Rodriguez, one of the restaurant's managers, said the most crucial reason for such success is its high community visibility.
September 22, 2001
Shame on the Burbank Leader ("Let's make a deal -- for a buck," Aug. 1) for criticizing our City Council's hasty decision to spend millions of tax dollars on low-income housing, sight unseen. Attracting low-income residents to Burbank is key to this city's future. Who do they think shops at those third-rate-merchandise-for-less stores that are being built at the new Empire Center? And without low-income people, who will work there? I agree with our City Council.
August 24, 2012
After a judge this week issued an injunction effectively halting progress on a planned Walmart adjacent to the Empire Center, a spokeswoman for the retailer called it a “shortsighted” stall tactic. Actually, the delay is working out to be more of a prudent turn of events, given the fact that we all now know just how intrusive the massive carpool lane project on the Golden State (5) Freeway has shaped up to be. Even if Walmart decides to appeal the injunction - imposed to allow for the outcome of a lawsuit filed to force the city to address concerns about the mega retailer's impact on traffic and local businesses - a grand-opening date of sometime in late 2014 will surely be pushed back.
June 2, 2012
I think Walmart will be a fantastic addition to the Empire Center, and to Burbank as a whole. The two letters published in the Saturday edition of the Leader (Mailbag, May 19), one expressing worries about the City Council selling out, and one fearful Walmart will change the very fabric of Burbank, are not concerns residents should use to prevent Walmart from becoming part of Burbank. I don't think the City Council has “sold out” residents by allowing Walmart to set up shop in the Empire Center.
September 20, 2013
Abandon all diet plans, ye who enter here. Thursday be International Talk Like a Pirate Day, mateys, and Krispy Kreme celebrated by giving a free doughnut to landlubbers ordering in pirate-speak, or a treasure trove of a dozen glazed to those sporting full pirate garb. PHOTOS: Talking like a pirate at Krispy Kreme in Burbank Sea dogs young and old flocked to Krispy Kreme Burbank on Victory Place donning eye patches, tricorn hats, bandannas, hoop earrings, hooks and even toy parrots.
May 18, 2012
I don't think we can have such a huge store as Walmart in Burbank without losing what makes Burbank a great and special place. It sounds like there are serious traffic considerations that have not yet been addressed, and will certainly need to be addressed, if a store the size of Walmart would move into the Empire Center. I don't think any extra tax revenue would be worth it. The extra traffic, pollution, noise, and impact on the city's small town feel would be significant. This store will have a huge impact and we should know what those impacts are. I have shopped at the Empire Center and as it is without the Walmart store.
November 1, 2008
I watch the City Council meetings on Channel 6 but don?t attend them as often as I should. The frustration I felt Tuesday night was a reminder of why. I could have saved myself the trip to City Hall and just spoke to the TV screen. It would have been about as productive. During the public comment period of the evening I made note of the recent spate of retail closings in the city, specifically the loss of Shoe Pavilion and Linens ?N? Things at the Empire Center. A few years ago when I ran for City Council I suggested a moratorium on the construction of big box retailers in the city because I warned this very thing we?