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By Ryan Vaillancourt | April 23, 2008
DOWNTOWN — Gabriela Walsh, a Valencia resident who works in Glendale, had her heart set on buying a condo at the Americana at Brand — until she learned it would cost her more than $700,000. Americana developer Caruso Affiliated recently announced that prices for the 100 condo units in the retail, residential and entertainment megaplex will start in the “low $700,000s” and cap at more than $2 million. “That’s a bit out of my range,” Walsh said.
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February 5, 2004
There have been a number of people who have written for and against Caruso Affiliated Holdings' Town Center project. We recently had a City Council hearing regarding the environmental impact report for the Town Center. The biggest "anti" voice is from the owners of the Glendale Galleria, the General Growth Company. They would like to be the developers and owners of the development themselves. We all want to eliminate competition if at all possible, but General Growth is missing an opportunity to have more and different customers come to the area due to the easy access from one development to the other.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | December 25, 2010
Golden Key Hotel owner Ray Patel says he is not interested in the $6 million offer he received from Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso for the 55-room inn on the edge of the shopping and residential complex. "The hotel is not for sale," Patel said in an e-mail early Friday. "I recommend if Caruso feels he needs to expand his mall, to do it across the street on Brand and purchase an existing mall. I am sure the Glendale Redevelopment Agency will give him the air rights to connect the mall with a bridge.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | March 8, 2011
The Golden Key Hotel will close at the end of the year, paving the way for developer Rick Caruso to expand his Americana at Brand, representatives for both properties said Tuesday. The announcement came nearly two weeks after attorneys for Caruso and hotel owner Ray Patel told a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge that both sides had reached an acquisition deal. Neither side has commented on the price. The attorneys also told the judge they had reached a $500,000-settlement for the lawsuit Patel filed against Caruso and the city of Glendale three years ago claiming Americana construction hurt his business.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Glendale Galleria, which underwent a major renovation that was unveiled last fall , is gearing up to offer a slew of new stores and eateries in the coming months and news about what will take over the former Nordstrom space could come as early as May. Meanwhile, the Americana at Brand will soon welcome a few new tasty offerings. The upcoming openings come on the heels of the opening of a Bloomingdale's store last November in the Galleria on the corner of Brand Boulevard and Broadway.
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November 20, 2009
Hundreds of people crowded the Americana at Brand on Thursday to view the second annual Christmas Tree Lighting and fireworks display. The event features acts like OneRepublic and Drew Seeley, with appearances by Dora the Explorer, magicians and Christmas tunes sang by a choir accompanied by a full orchestra. The 110-foot-tall tree was decorated with 10,000 lights and 15,000 ornaments, according to Caruso Affiliated, which owns the Americana. Caruso Affiliated and city officials this year took extra steps to notify residents of the fireworks display after some complained last year that they were caught off guard.
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November 22, 2011
With Black Friday looming on the calendar, Americana at Brand representatives this week announced that they will be bringing back a fundraiser for local schools that last year generated $100,000. Now through Dec. 31, shoppers at The Grove in Los Angeles the Americana can take their receipts to the concierge desk and designate a local school of their choice as a recipient. Caruso Affiliated, which owns the two outdoor malls, will donate 5% of purchases to the program, up to $100,000 for schools in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the announcement.
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October 23, 2013
The Americana at Brand is looking for help over the holidays and is hosting a job fair on Thursday to find employees who can fill those positions. The job fair will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the park in the Americana. Caruso Affiliated, owner of the Americana, stated in a release about the job fair that it is looking to hire customer service employees to fill concierge ambassador and Santa House helper positions. For more information on the positions, visit CarusoAffiliated.com . -- Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @Daniel_Siegal . ALSO: Roof tent is no circus for tenants in Glendale Stengel Field Stadium will be demolished Glendora police chief named Jewel City top cop  
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 25, 2013
Nordstrom - the high-end retailer that has come to life on a prominent corner of the Americana at Brand - will open on Sept. 20, officials announced Wednesday. Americana officials also announced that two big-draw restaurants will open in the outdoor shopping mall within a year. The Americana is also making $60 million worth of improvements along Brand Boulevard to create a grand lobby entrance leading to Nordstrom as well as street improvements such as landscaping and lighting, according to Rick Caruso, founder of the Americana's owner, Caruso Affiliated.
BUSINESS
May 11, 2009
Armenian group hosts luncheon The Armenian American Chamber of Commerce Greater Los Angeles Chapter will host a luncheon Wednesday at Favorite Place Restaurant. The event takes place from noon until 1 p.m. at the restaurant, 115 W. Wilson Ave. For more information, contact the chamber at (818) 247-0196. Americana operator offers scholarship Americana at Brand operator Caruso Affiliated announced a new scholarship program last week for area high school seniors.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
The Glendale Galleria, which underwent a major renovation that was unveiled last fall , is gearing up to offer a slew of new stores and eateries in the coming months and news about what will take over the former Nordstrom space could come as early as May. Meanwhile, the Americana at Brand will soon welcome a few new tasty offerings. The upcoming openings come on the heels of the opening of a Bloomingdale's store last November in the Galleria on the corner of Brand Boulevard and Broadway.
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October 23, 2013
The Americana at Brand is looking for help over the holidays and is hosting a job fair on Thursday to find employees who can fill those positions. The job fair will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. at the park in the Americana. Caruso Affiliated, owner of the Americana, stated in a release about the job fair that it is looking to hire customer service employees to fill concierge ambassador and Santa House helper positions. For more information on the positions, visit CarusoAffiliated.com . -- Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com Follow on Google+ and on Twitter: @Daniel_Siegal . ALSO: Roof tent is no circus for tenants in Glendale Stengel Field Stadium will be demolished Glendora police chief named Jewel City top cop  
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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.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 1, 2013
Digital advertising signs may be coming to Glendale for the first time as the City Council started to pave the way this week to let the Americana at Brand and Glendale Galleria to use the high-tech displays. The council gave a first reading on Tuesday of an proposed amendment of the city's zoning overlay for major commercial developments. The overlay zone applies to developments with at least one million square feet of commercial or retail space, which currently is only the Americana and Glendale Galleria.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | April 25, 2013
Nordstrom - the high-end retailer that has come to life on a prominent corner of the Americana at Brand - will open on Sept. 20, officials announced Wednesday. Americana officials also announced that two big-draw restaurants will open in the outdoor shopping mall within a year. The Americana is also making $60 million worth of improvements along Brand Boulevard to create a grand lobby entrance leading to Nordstrom as well as street improvements such as landscaping and lighting, according to Rick Caruso, founder of the Americana's owner, Caruso Affiliated.
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November 22, 2011
With Black Friday looming on the calendar, Americana at Brand representatives this week announced that they will be bringing back a fundraiser for local schools that last year generated $100,000. Now through Dec. 31, shoppers at The Grove in Los Angeles the Americana can take their receipts to the concierge desk and designate a local school of their choice as a recipient. Caruso Affiliated, which owns the two outdoor malls, will donate 5% of purchases to the program, up to $100,000 for schools in Los Angeles and Ventura counties, according to the announcement.
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By Katie Landan, katie.landan@latimes.com | September 9, 2011
Are you a cat person or a dog person? Or are you just not an animal person? According to a recent CalTech study , our brains are hardwired to react to creatures of the nonhuman kind. CalTech and UCLA researchers found that neurons throughout the brain's center for processing emotions (amygdala) respond preferentially to images of animals. "Our study shows that neurons in the human amygdala respond preferentially to pictures of animals, meaning that we saw the most amount of activity in cells when the patients looked at cats or snakes versus buildings or people," Florian Mormann, lead author on the paper and a former postdoctoral scholar in the Division of Biology at Caltech, said in a press release.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 15, 2011
Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso and the owners of a former recording studio have settled their legal dispute, according to a Los Angeles County Superior Court official, removing the last legal thorn in Caruso’s effort to expand his 15.5-acre Glendale mall. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed and representatives for Caruso Affiliated and the studio, Backroom Entertainment Inc., declined to comment. The studio occupied a brick building at 230 S. Orange St., steps away from Caruso Way shops and restaurants.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | April 4, 2011
Caruso Affiliated paid slightly more than $16 million to acquire the 55-room Golden Key Hotel on West Colorado Street, bringing the developer’s tab for the site that will host a new Nordstrom store to more than $20 million. Developer Rick Caruso also paid $4.1 million in January for an empty brick building adjacent to the Americana and the Golden Key, according to the Los Angeles County Assessor’s Office, which provided details of both transactions. Last month, Nordstrom announced it will abandon its home of more than 30 years at the Glendale Galleria and move into a new 140,000-square-foot building at the Americana at Brand.
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By Bill Kisliuk, bill.kisliuk@latimes.com | March 28, 2011
After millions of dollars and a public relations battle with the owner of the Golden Key Hotel, Americana at Brand developer Rick Caruso now may have to contend with the Glendale Historical Society. At issue is a brick building at 230 S. Orange St. that is slated for demolition to make way for a new Nordstrom slated for the site it and the Golden Key occupy. Caruso acquired the former recording studio building for $4.1 million in January, but Glendale Historical Society sent a letter to the city arguing it should be saved.
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