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Apparel News Checks In on Abbot Kinney
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November 16, 2012
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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.

Abbot Kinney Blvd

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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November 16, 2012
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How can we launch a petition drive to get Lucky Brand the F outta there, like we did with Pinkberry?? Either that or organize a protest one day?? Come on locals, we must do this to show investors that chain stores don't belong on Abbot Kinney!! Those other stores the article mentioned are not very well known (besides Toms, which does not have many stores at all), but seriously, Luck Brand has got to go!! It makes me sick to even look at it :p Anyone with any details on how to start a legit petition let me know, but I will certainly help and take part of the ousting of shi*!y Lucky Brand!

November 16, 2012
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jessvenice said
How can we launch a petition drive to get Lucky Brand the F outta there, like we did with Pinkberry?? Either that or organize a protest one day?? Come on locals, we must do this to show investors that chain stores don't belong on Abbot Kinney!! Those other stores the article mentioned are not very well known (besides Toms, which does not have many stores at all), but seriously, Luck Brand has got to go!! It makes me sick to even look at it :p Anyone with any details on how to start a legit petition let me know, but I will certainly help and take part of the ousting of shi*!y Lucky Brand!

In your honor I am going to buy two pair of Lucky Brand Jeans this weekend. Since when did you become god of AK?

November 16, 2012
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jessvenice said
How can we launch a petition drive to get Lucky Brand the F outta there, like we did with Pinkberry?? Either that or organize a protest one day?? Come on locals, we must do this to show investors that chain stores don't belong on Abbot Kinney!! Those other stores the article mentioned are not very well known (besides Toms, which does not have many stores at all), but seriously, Luck Brand has got to go!! It makes me sick to even look at it :p Anyone with any details on how to start a legit petition let me know, but I will certainly help and take part of the ousting of shi*!y Lucky Brand!

Civilianaire has been there for over a year. Owned by Lucky. Why are you just now spazzing out?

Irony, it's what's for breakfast.

November 16, 2012
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not native said

jessvenice said
How can we launch a petition drive to get Lucky Brand the F outta there, like we did with Pinkberry?? Either that or organize a protest one day?? Come on locals, we must do this to show investors that chain stores don't belong on Abbot Kinney!! Those other stores the article mentioned are not very well known (besides Toms, which does not have many stores at all), but seriously, Luck Brand has got to go!! It makes me sick to even look at it :p Anyone with any details on how to start a legit petition let me know, but I will certainly help and take part of the ousting of shi*!y Lucky Brand!

Civilianaire has been there for over a year. Owned by Lucky. Why are you just now spazzing out?

Guys who own Civilianaire actually sold Lucky to Liz Claiborne for $125 million in 1999.

November 16, 2012
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So much for stopping chains stores from taking up residence on AK.  This seems a fait accompli.  With no planning support from the City of Los Angeles, we can expect the congestion and lack of parking to just get worse as AK's popularity grows for visitors. 

November 16, 2012
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venicestakeholders said
 … we can expect the congestion and lack of parking to just get worse as AK's popularity grows for visitors. 

What were you expecting, that every business was only going to cater to your sense of what's worthy?

Locals and locals only could never support the businesses on AK. There's not enough people in Venice to justify that. Why do you think TJ's won't open a store in the vicinity of Venice? 

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November 16, 2012
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venicestakeholders said
 … we can expect the congestion and lack of parking to just get worse as AK's popularity grows for visitors. 

What were you expecting, that every business was only going to cater to your sense of what's worthy?

Locals and locals only could never support the businesses on AK. There's not enough people in Venice to justify that. Why do you think TJ's won't open a store in the vicinity of Venice? Despite what you may think the local population density won't support anything but high priced goods. That goes for everything from a pair or blue jeans to grocery items.

I suggest you read The Conundrum, by David Owen.

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November 18, 2012
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From the Malibu Times:

 

Backers of such a retail ordinance for Malibu believe the city's character and uniqueness will lose its luster if chain businesses continue renting up vacant spaces in shopping centers. They also fear shopping center landlords hiking rent prices and making it hard for small business owners to afford leases in Malibu. Opponents of the ordinance, however, believe such an order would impede upon the free market and possibly violate the federal Constitution.

"I'd like to preserve [Malibu] the way it is, but I don't want to do it at the expense of the free enterprise system, private property rights and taking on the legal minefield of attacking the U.S. constitution and state law," La Monte said.

November 19, 2012
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I think a property owner should have the right to rent to anyone they wish.  Otherwise, we are flirting with fascism.

Look, this is just the process of evolution playing itself out.  Change is an inevitable force, and fighting to keep Venice the way we remember it in our nostalgic vision is unrealistic.

The marketplace will ultimately determine the fate of AK.  Chain stores will move in, and they will either prove to be a success or they will fail.  If enough people want it and shop there, then they will stay.  If they drive people away in droves, then they will fold.

With any change, some people will be happy, while others will be unhappy.  So be it.

So long as someone is opening and running stores on AK, creating much needed jobs – then I don't care if they are owned by a corporation or a sixth grader.  I'm much more concerned about issues like gang violence and blight.

November 19, 2012
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Bird Man of Venice said
I think a property owner should have the right to rent to anyone they wish.  Otherwise, we are flirting with fascism.

Look, this is just the process of evolution playing itself out.  Change is an inevitable force, and fighting to keep Venice the way we remember it in our nostalgic vision is unrealistic.

The marketplace will ultimately determine the fate of AK.  Chain stores will move in, and they will either prove to be a success or they will fail.  If enough people want it and shop there, then they will stay.  If they drive people away in droves, then they will fold.

With any change, some people will be happy, while others will be unhappy.  So be it.

So long as someone is opening and running stores on AK, creating much needed jobs – then I don't care if they are owned by a corporation or a sixth grader.  I'm much more concerned about issues like gang violence and blight.

I also think it is important to remember that it was issues like gang violence and blight that kept major retailers from opening shop in Venice. Our "nostalgic vision" of a locals-only AK conveniently forgets that you wouldn't want to walk down any of the surrounding streets late at night until the last few years.

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