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By Maria Hsin, maria.hsin@latimes.com | August 1, 2011
Just as the sun started to make its presence felt Saturday, tan and black umbrellas popped open at the front of a long line of people. The line snaked east to Brand Boulevard from the Americana at Brand fountain. A DJ was bobbing to the tunes he was spinning atop an orange trolley as the crowd chatted, took photos and waited patiently. The roughly 400 people who were in line, some since 4 a.m., were awaiting the 10 a.m. opening of the Apple Store at the Americana.
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BUSINESS
By Jeremy Oberstein | November 28, 2008
GLENDALE — The Americana at Brand and its 34-acre competitor across the street, the Glendale Galleria, have quietly been sharing strategies and plans as both malls approach the holiday shopping season, according to officials at the consumer outlets. The revelation runs counter to widespread acrimony that characterized relations between the two shopping centers before the Americana came on line earlier this year. “We have an open line of communication with them,” said Janet LaFevre, senior marketing director for the Galleria, owned by General Growth Properties.
NEWS
By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | March 16, 2011
Developer Rick Caruso expanded his Glendale retail empire Wednesday with the announcement that he has purchased the Nordstrom site at the Glendale Galleria and will move the high-end retailer to the Americana at Brand in 2013. Caruso also sent a letter to the chief executive of Galleria owner General Growth Properties, asking to meet about a revamp of Galleria II, the portion of the 200-plus-store mall marred by the long-empty Mervyns site at Brand Boulevard and Broadway. In the letter, Caruso said Galleria II “has suffered from significant vacancy and lack of foot traffic” and that the two parties “should work together to stop this trend.” While General Growth Properties does own the Galleria, the anchor stores typically are owned by their tenants, and that was the case with the Nordstrom property.
NEWS
July 28, 2004
The Glendale Homeowners Coordinating Council canceled a public forum to debate the pros and cons of the proposed Americana at Brand shopping center after General Growth Properties canceled due to a scheduling conflict. Developer Rick Caruso and a spokesman from General Growth, the owners of the Glendale Galleria and an opponent of the Americana, were going to field questions from the public about the retail and residential project. General Growth canceled because spokesman Arthur Sohikian is on vacation.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | September 24, 2013
The Rite Aid store at the Americana at Brand may have closed, but the convenience store's corporate parent is still pursuing litigation against the mega-shopping center. Thrifty Payless Inc., Rite Aid's parent company, is suing Americana at Brand LLC in Los Angeles County Superior Court, claiming fraud because the property taxes and fees charged to Rite Aid substantially exceeded the Americana's estimates, according to court documents. Rite Aid spokeswoman Ashley Flower said via email on Tuesday that company officials made a “business decision” to close the store in the Americana at Brand on Aug. 24. “Despite our continuing efforts over several years and desire to do so, we were no longer able to continue operating at this location due to the exorbitant and ever increasing occupancy costs,” she said.
NEWS
August 7, 2008
With a backdrop of upscale restaurants, shops, apartments and a water fountain, it was only fitting that En Vogue on Wednesday kicked off the summer concert series at the Americana at Brand. Thousands of attendees watched as the Grammy-nominated quartet belted out several of their hits, including their signature song “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It).” The show was opened by the youthful Gabby Wilson, who amazed the crowd with her musical abilities.
NEWS
September 2, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum A get-together originally pitched as a homeowners' association meeting tonight could turn into a full-fledged debate over a controversial retail and residential center. The Rossmoyne-Mountain Homeowners Assn. booked Fire Station 21 for the 7 p.m. meeting and invited the Chevy Chase Estates Assn. and Montecito Heights Homeowners Assn. to join them. But the run-up to the meeting includes the ingredients for a brouhaha. Two polarized groups, supporters and opponents of the Americana at Brand, are involved.
NEWS
By Melanie Hicken | November 18, 2009
CENTRAL GLENDALE — Taking a page from last year’s controversial tree lighting ceremony, Americana at Brand and city officials this week warned residents to expect the boom and spectacle of a fireworks show Thursday evening. Last year, some City Council members came down hard on the Americana for the fireworks display as wildfires raged across the Southland, with some evacuees staying at nearby hotels. Then-Mayor John Drayman called the move “dumb-headed” after some residents complained they had no advance notice of the major fireworks display, echoing concerns made for a similar show when the mixed-use complex had its grand opening in May. Still, others who attended the show lauded the event as a spectacular holiday season kick-off.
NEWS
June 18, 2004
Josh Kleinbaum As the controversy over the Americana at Brand progressed from a whisper to a full-fledged brawl over the past year, Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Glendale) refused to take a stand on the $264.2-million retail and residential project. Nothing has changed now that the project will be the subject of a Sept. 14 citywide vote, forced by a referendum petition circulated by Glendale Galleria owner General Growth Properties. Frommer still avoids the Americana debate.
NEWS
January 12, 2005
Josh Kleinbaum A Superior Court judge will consider today the fate of a controversial $264.2-million shopping project in downtown Glendale. Attorneys for General Growth Properties, owner of the Glendale Galleria, will ask Judge Robert O'Brien to overturn the city's approval of the Americana at Brand. General Growth contends that the city's environmental report was inadequate and the city's approvals for the project were illegal. The city denies both allegations.
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