Apparel News has an article up about Abbot Kinney and the numerous chain stores that are moving in.
From Andrew Asch of Apparel News:
Once well-known as a shopping street that protested the onslaught of big-name chain stores, Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Los Angeles’ bohemian Venice neighborhood is becoming a magnet for global and national brands looking for a toehold in the affluent and artsy community. As a result, some of the smaller pioneering retailers and restaurants are leaving.
On Nov. 15, Lucky Brand, which runs a fleet of more than 174 specialty stores, opened a 1,350-square-foot boutique at 1308 Abbot Kinney Blvd.
In the coming month, Australian woman’s clothing brand Flannel is scheduled to move onto the 1200 block of Abbot Kinney. Scotch & Soda, an Amsterdam-headquartered retailer that sells its contemporary fashions for men and women at Nordstrom as well as at its branded boutiques, is expected to move next year onto the thoroughfare, once known for its art galleries, vintage shops and tough dive bars.
One of America’s most popular footwear brands, Toms, headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., reportedly will be moving onto the street, too.
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