BULGARI MARCHES ON: Bulgari, which outside of Beverly Hills is not widely known on the West Coast, is “really trying to make a mark in California,” said Bonnie Kyle, West Coast retail manager.
The upscale jewelry manufacturer and retailer, based in Rome, has Kyle exploring new opportunities. Reportedly, Bulgari is in discussions to open two stores, in Orange County’s South Coast Plaza and in Hawaii, but Kyle declined to comment on any potential new locations or strategies. Formerly managing director of the Regency Club in Los Angeles, Kyle oversees the Beverly Hills store at the corner of Rodeo Drive and Wilshire Boulevard and the only other Bulgari unit in California, a small shop in the Campton Place Hotel in San Francisco. She also oversees the firm’s units in Aspen, Colo., and Las Vegas.
BULLOCK’S BRANCH REBUILDS: Bullock’s in Sherman Oaks plans to reopen its fourth floor for misses’ sportswear, petites and dresses in mid-October.
The unit was severely damaged by last January’s earthquake, centered in the Northridge section of Los Angeles. During the quake, the top of the building collapsed onto the floors below, but the store has managed to gradually rebuild.
The third floor for designer and sportswear areas reopened two weeks ago, and the first two floors, which house accessories, home, cosmetics and women’s shoes, reopened June 9.
Before June, Bullock’s sold much of its merchandise at a nearby vacant building formerly occupied by I. Magnin. That space now carries misses sportswear, petites and dresses.
Bullock’s Northridge Fashion Center location was very extensively damaged and is still closed. Other retailers also continue to rebuild damaged units.
Robinsons-May has reopened four of its seven stores shuttered after the quake. The Sherman Oaks unit and two others in the Northridge Fashion Center are still closed.
The Broadway expects to open the first two floors of its Sherman Oaks store by the end of this month, and its entire Northridge unit should be open for business this November. A temporary dome erected by the Broadway in Northridge sells home furnishings and has reported strong sales as residents replace home items lost in the quake.