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By Alison Tully | September 3, 2008
BURBANK — Local discount retailer Steve and Barry’s will remain open despite cuts of more than 100 of the chain’s stores nationwide. The corporate chain, which boasts celebrity lines such as BITTEN by Sarah Jessica Parker and items priced below $10.98, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on July 9, citing a worsening economy as a reason for its decline. On Aug. 21, BH S&B Holdings, a subsidiary of Manhattan-based investment firm Bay Harbour Management, purchased the company for $163 million at an auction of the retailer’s assets.
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NEWS
September 16, 2006
Parking numbers just don't add up On July 26, 2004, the city of Burbank announced that the development agreement about to be signed at that time would allow the airport to have 9,459 parking spaces. I haven't heard anything to the contrary. What is wrong with this picture? There has been adequate parking for two years. To my way of thinking, the current explanation about parking this season is just a lot of spin ("Plenty of parking at airport," Aug. 23). It covers up the serious understatement of available parking spaces.
NEWS
July 29, 2011
Ho hum, another letter in the ever-expanding and continuing saga of whether Walmart should be “allowed” into Burbank (“Walmart's good, bad effects,” July 22). It is called capitalism, folks. This NIMBY attitude never ceases to amaze me. What, Costco and the whole Empire Center stores don't clog up the streets enough and put other retailers out of business (if they don't stumble on their own)? We are still in a swoon economically, and those of us who appreciate (indeed, need)
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | November 7, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Expectations grew Thursday for improved holiday sales as retailers in October posted their biggest gains in more than a year, renewing hope for a major improvement over the dismal 2008 winter season. Retail sales at 32 U.S. chain stores jumped 2.1% in October compared with a year ago, the second consecutive month of growth following 13 months of declines, the International Council of Shopping Centers reported Thursday. Another survey found mixed signs of improvement in the retail segment, with October same-store sales growing 1.8% over 2008 marks, which was lower than an expected 2% increase, but still a positive sign, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis of 30 national companies.
NEWS
August 13, 2003
Jackson Bell Retail sales in Burbank grew 5.6% between 1996 and 2001, according to a statewide survey, but city officials said 2002 figures jumped to 8.2% following the opening of the Burbank Empire Center. The study, released late last month by California Retail Survey, analyzed and ranked 470 cities and 58 counties throughout California based on actual sales results from each of the state's 360,000 retailers. The survey measured everything from department store and women's apparel sales to sales of jewelry and automobiles.
BUSINESS
By By Lauren Hilgers | February 8, 2006
DOWNTOWN BURBANK -- For Burbank residents searching for fashionable furniture, shopping options have just expanded. EQ3, a contemporary furniture store headquartered in Canada, is holding its grand opening today on San Fernando Boulevard. The 6,500-square-foot space was previously occupied by the bookstore, Book City, and had been empty for almost two years. In its new incarnation, the building was gutted and remodeled, making way for an airy furniture gallery. Example kitchens, living rooms and dens are set up for patrons to browse.
NEWS
December 11, 2012
Speaking as a resident of Burbank and someone who is accustomed to believing that we, the consumers, should have choices I am startled and outraged about the delays in approving the new Walmart in my neighborhood. What I really resent is having our choices dictated by what I consider outside groups with agendas that have nothing to do with me Here you have a big building left empty for whatever reason by Great Indoors, and we consumers were essentially promised a new retailer to take its place.
NEWS
August 3, 2012
This is in regard to the proposal to ban the retail sale of dogs and cats in Burbank. Best Friends Animal Society wholeheartedly supports this proposal. Pet mills supply nearly 100% of U.S. pet stores. In these factory-like facilities, profit and maximum productivity take priority over the health and welfare of the animals. Pet stores that obtain their animals from mills are not an asset to the community. There are frequent reports of these animals having congenital or communicable diseases that cause heartache for unsuspecting customers who believe they are buying a pet from the best source possible.
NEWS
November 27, 2002
Jackson Bell Those who have recently taken a stroll through the Magnolia Park Shopping District or walked in the Media City Center probably have noticed the earlier-than-usual push to market the holiday shopping season. And for good reason -- businesses are compen- sating for the reduction in their most profitable time of the year by convincing customers to get serious about shopping sooner. "We normally kick off the holiday shopping season the day after Thanksgiving," said Brian Gartland, the marketing director for the Media City Center, about the quick start.
BUSINESS
By Zain Shauk | October 2, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Halloween retailers have taken up prime positions in Glendale and Burbank, moving into unfilled space left behind by box stores Circuit City and Mervyns. The stores are adding to increasingly fierce competition for Halloween consumers, who will have at least five choices in Burbank and four in Glendale to search for gorilla masks and superhero costumes this season. While the stores have generated traffic in areas that haven’t seen much activity for months, they have also been a surprising change for some shoppers, managers said.
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