SweetXO in Agoura Hills Closed Its Doors Last Month


I remember it well when SweetXO opened at the former Blockbuster Video location in the Twin Oaks Shopping Center, 5825 Kanan Road, Agoura Hills on April 1, 2012. The frozen yogurt, fresh baked items, candies, interesting assortment of gift items, made this store unique. They opened a second store at The Oaks Mall on Black Friday 2013 which subsequently closed I believe in the late 2015 time frame.

Well, the original SweetXO store closed its doors in January. They had a decent, nearly seven-year run serving the local community.

Macy's Men's/Home/Kids Store at Simi Valley Town Center to Close in 2017

Today, Macy's announced the closure of 68 of its stores across the country out of a total of 730 current stores. Of the 68, three closed last year, 63 will be closed in early spring 2017 and two stores will be closed in mid-2017

We are sad to report that Macy's Men's/Home/Kids Store on the east end of the Simi Valley Town Center was one of the two "mid-2017" stores on the list.  This store is 190,000 square feet and opened in 2006, with 105 associates.

The Macy's Women's Store on the west side of the Town Center was not included on this list. 

Also on the list for 2017 closings is the Macy's at the Paseo Nuevo Shopping Mall this year.

Macy's also it "intends to opportunistically close approximately 30 additional stores over the next few years as leases or operating covenants expire or sale transactions are completed."

More details at THIS LINK.

Sport Chalet Announced on Saturday It Is In Process of Closing All Stores

This morning we heard the news that Sport Chalet is closing all of its stores and will no longer sell merchandise online. The competitive world of retail sporting goods finally caught up to Sport Chalet, which operates 51 stores in four states. The company was founded on April 1, 1959.

There are (soon to be were) Sport Chalet stores in Thousand Oaks in the Conejo Valley Plaza Shopping Center on Moorpark Road south of Janss Road) and in Oxnard near Fry's.

Although it was a shock, it is not a complete surprise. Sport Chalet, previously a publicly-traded company, was acquired by a private equity group in 2014 for $17 million in cash and the assumption of $50 million in debt. According to a July 1, 2014 LA Times article, the company had reported annual losses every year since 2007. That's quite a long time.

Bristol Farms at The Promenade at Westlake to Close Its Doors on March 15th

This morning, Bristol Farms at The Promenade at Westlake announced it will be closing its doors after 20 years, on March 15, 2016. Sorry to hear of the closing and for employees and customers impacted by this long-time local residents. It was apparent from the comments in this Facebook post that many loved this store and more than a few were particularly fond of their ahi poke and tuna salad.

Most items are 20 to 40% off. Stay tuned for what is next. 

Regency Theater Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks is Closing Its Doors Tonight

Earlier this month we heard that the Regency Theater Janss Marketplace would be closing its doors after December 31st and today the theater confirmed this on their Facebook page. 

Rumor (unconfirmed) has it that another movie chain is moving in and doing significant upgrades. Regal has been mentioned by more than one CVG Facebook follower but again, this not confirmed. So...stay tuned...

For movie theaters throughout Ventura County, visit THIS LINK.

Haggen Announced Today That it Is Exiting the Pacific Southwest Market and is Closing 101 More Stores

Haggen today announced its plan to exit from the Pacific Southwest market and realign its operations around 37 core stores and one stand-alone pharmacy in the Pacific Northwest as part of the Chapter 11 process (Haggen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 8th).

This will impact 101 stores, including all 5 stores in Arizona, all 7 stores in Nevada, all 68 remaining California stores and 21 stores in Washington and Oregon.

Impacted local stores include:

Previously announced closures in process:

My how things change...a year ago, Haggen owned 18 stores in Washington and Oregon. Then acquired 146 Albertsons, Vons and Pavilions stores in Arizona, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington (83 in California). In August Haggen announced it was closing 27 stores, including 3 in Ventura County.

Haggen indicated it is asking the bankruptcy court for approval to conduct store closing sales. All employees of these stores will receive 60 days notice of the closures and will continue to receive pay and benefits over this period, as approved by the court.

Haggen is supportive of employees securing work elsewhere and is continuing to work with Albertson’s in its request for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to waive the restriction in the FTC Order which restricts the hiring of Haggen employees. Because this is a modification of an order entered by the FTC, the waiver will require Commission approval, which the FTC staff is seeking to obtain on an expedited basis.

On a personal note, this may be the most unbelievably quick crash and burn business acquisition that I've ever seen.

Haggen Announces It Is Closing 27 Grocery Stores, Including 3 in Ventura County

Seen near the Newbury park location on labor day

Seen near the Newbury park location on labor day

Haggen announced today that it is closing 27 stores in California, Arizona, Oregon and Washington over the next 60 days as part of a restructuring. Local stores that will be operating as they wind down operations over the next 60 days are in Newbury Park (Newbury Road) and two in Simi Valley (Cochran St and Madera, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave).

38 staff will lose their jobs at the Newbury Park location.  53 at the Los Angeles Ave location.

Earlier this year, the Haggen grocery store chain acquired 146 stores as part of the Albertsons/Safeway merger. Prior to the acquisition, Haggen operated 18 stores in Oregon and Washington. 

Of the 146 stores, eight are based on Ventura County. After the closures, that leaves five Haggen stores operating in the local area.

Remaining local area Haggen stores in Westlake Village (Lindero Canyon), Thousand Oaks (Arboles), Simi Valley (E. Los Angeles), Camarillo (Las Posas), Oxnard (Ventura Rd) and Ventura (Telegraph Rd). www.haggen.com/find-our-stores