LOS ANGELES -- A local mall and a second Bullock's unit here were condemned Thursday, more victims of Monday's devastating earthquake.
The Bullock's store in Sherman Oaks and the Northridge Fashion Center, both near the epicenter in Northridge, suffered severe structural damage.
The Bullock's store in Northridge Fashion Center, which collapsed during the quake, had been condemned earlier in the week.
The condemnation decree by city officials in the Northridge Fashion Center was expected because of the extensive destruction, including the collapsed Bullock's and parking structure.
Other major stores in the Northridge Fashion Center include The Broadway, Robinsons-May, Sears and J.C. Penney. The Broadway has said it will replace its store, but due to California's difficult economy, some sources question whether the mall owners will rebuild. They could not be reached Thursday.
Many other L.A. retailers were waiting for inspectors to decide if they could enter their stores. City officials have said it will take weeks to inspect all structures.
Ron Ross, an upscale specialty store in Studio City suffered considerable damage and has "condemned" stickers on the exterior.
However, Ross, the owner, said Thursday afternoon that officials put up the stickers to keep people from entering the store until it is inspected.
Though he expects the unit to remain closed for two to four weeks, an answering machine recording has been asking resources to continue shipping to the store. Ross said the store's interior will be cleaned up, and he hopes to be open for business in two to four weeks.
Meanwhile, aftershocks are leaving the other area retailers with an uncertain fate.
Seven units of The Broadway were expected to remain closed through the weekend. The Panorama City unit has taken several hits from aftershocks and many not open for months. The chain has already begun to clean up its Sherman Oaks and Topanga stores.
David L. Dworkin, president and chief executive officer of CHH, sent a letter to all employees Thursday, saying they would be paid regularly during the next 30 days, whether they can work or not. The store is providing household and personal goods to employees at cost for the next 90 days. It has also set up an employee credit help line.
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