As pandemic restrictions on indoor shopping ease, mall owners sue to stop another shutdown

ARCADIA, CA - OCTOBER 07, 2020 - Shoppers walk past a "Sanitize on the Go," station to keep shoppers safe from coronavirus at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia on October 7, 2020. This is the first day customers return to indoor shopping after Los Angeles County eases restrictions and have reopened the malls and the individual stores. Such stores have been closed for weeks, but reopened Wednesday at 25% capacity. Westfield Santa Anita has placed Covid-related signage with one-way traffic, 6 feet distancing when waiting to get into individual stores, hand sanitizing stations and mask are required before entering the mall. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Shoppers walk past a “Sanitize on the Go,” station at the Westfield Santa Anita shopping mall in Arcadia. (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

Indoor shopping centers opened Wednesday as Los Angeles County officials eased pandemic-related restrictions on businesses, but one of the biggest mall operators in the region is suing to stop the county from shutting down centers again.

The owners of Westfield-branded malls, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the county in late September that called for the county to lift prohibitions it called “unlawful and unjustifiable” in part because they are targeted at indoor centers, which were then mostly closed.

Although the county gave the green light to indoor mall stores operating with limits on the number of customers who can be inside, Westfield is suing in federal court to stop officials from repeatedly opening and closing stores to blunt the impact of the pandemic.

Read More Read more

Shopping centre owners still struggling to collect rent in Covid crisis

Struggling retailers increased the amount of rent paid to their landlords in September compared with three months earlier but still left property owners waiting to receive more than half of rental payments.

a large building: Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer

© Provided by The Guardian
Photograph: Richard Saker/The Observer

Landsec, the property group behind the Trinity Leeds shopping centre and Bluewater in Kent, said that it had collected only a third of rents from its retail tenants, five working days after they were due, compared with 82% of rental payments from office tenants.

The Covid-19 crisis has taken a toll, with the company saying that a year earlier it had collected 89% of retail rents and almost all (98%) office rents during the same timeframe.

Overall, it received just under two-thirds (62%) of rent due in September from all of its commercial tenants, down from 95% a year earlier.

It was a similar picture at the rival property

Read More Read more

Sheriff’s office searches for owners of possibly stolen jewelry from decade ago

EL RENO, Okla. (KFOR) – A mystery in Canadian County. 

“After a period of time, we’ve got to do something with it and that time is now,” said Lt. Jerry Hendrick with the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office. 

Two years ago, Lt. Hendrick took over the evidence and property division for the county. 

One of his tasks is organizing the property room and working to return items that were stolen or lost. 

“We just find more and more stuff!” he said. 

It’s not an easy job, some of it has been around since the 70s. 

His most recent venture, finding the owners of 180 pieces of jewelry. 

The stash is worth about $4,000. 

“This over here it looks like it’s all costume, some gold chains, or gold colored chains along with some pearls and things of that nature,” said Lt. Hendrick. 

He thinks at least part of the haul came from

Read More Read more

Owners of Wee Kirk o’the Heather Wedding Chapel ‘surprised’ to see it demolished | Las Vegas Local Breaking News, Headlines


LAS VEGAS (FOX5) — The family who owned Wee Kirk o’the Heather Wedding Chapel in downtown Las Vegas said they were just as surprised to see it demolished as the rest of the community. 

“It was definitely sad to see it go and we really weren’t aware that they were going to bulldoze it down,” said Joshua Gust. 

The sign is now the only piece left of the historic chapel that dates back to 1940. Gust’s parents bought it in 1980. 

“As a kid, I remember going down there, doing my homework. It’s kind of a unique building. It had a basement in it, it had a bedroom in the back, it had all kinds of things,” said Gust. 

It was one of the first chapels on Las Vegas Boulevard but as downtown changed, so did business. 

“You drove right by it, it was kind of the last place you

Read More Read more

Xbox Gift Guide 2020: Best Gifts For Xbox Series X/S And Xbox One Owners

Microsoft has a big holiday season ahead of itself, with new consoles, accessories, and games on the market. Big games like Assassin’s Creed Valhalla and Yakuza: Like A Dragon are purported to show off the power of the next-gen Xbox Series X and S consoles, but with Microsoft’s commitment to backwards compatibility, all Xbox One games and a varied library of Xbox 360 and original Xbox titles are also playable on the Series X and S. On top of that, all Xbox One accessories will be compatible with both of the new Xbox consoles, making this console launch particularly exciting–you don’t have to buy a brand-new set of accessories for your loved one if they’re getting a new console.

Unfortunately, the Xbox Series X and Series S are currently sold out after preorders went live on September 22, but it’s possible some consoles will be restocked before the holidays. Microsoft

Read More Read more

Tesla convertible? Model Y roof flies off while owners drive down California highway

Nathaniel Galicia Chien was driving down Interstate 580 with his parents in their brand-new Tesla Model Y when he started to hear a lot of wind.

“I thought a window was open,” Chien recalled in an email to The Verge, “but half a minute later the entire glass top of the roof just flew off in the wind.”

Chien said the incident occurred hours after he and his parents picked up the new Model Y from the Tesla dealership in Dublin, California. Right off the bat, they noticed some minor “fit and finish” problems, such as “spacing issues and unevenness in the gaps that are pretty well-known issues with new Teslas.” But they didn’t expect any problems with the crossover’s mammoth panoramic glass roof, and certainly not on the same day they drove it off the dealer’s lot.


Read More Read more

Women business owners, there’s financial help out there if you need it

To state that COVID-19 has indelibly impacted our lives is an understatement. The arrival and spread of the still-mysterious virus has blighted every aspect of life, including the world of business and particularly, businesses catering to — and created by — women.

An American Express study last year found 22% of women-owned businesses were hair salons, nail salons and pet grooming studios, and that women own 16% of businesses in the food service and hospitality sectors — businesses that are particularly vulnerable amid pandemic restrictions. A survey by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that 24% of small businesses were on the verge of complete closure.

With loans becoming scarce and no guarantee of another stimulus package, business owners have been looking for alternative assistance, and many have found success locally with the LiftFund Women’s Business Center.

Since the pandemic hit the U.S., LiftFund advisers have been helping female entrepreneurs

Read More Read more

Tukwila’s Spice Bridge Food Hall helps women business owners turn their restaurant dreams into reality

Light streams through the windows at the new Spice Bridge Food Hall in Tukwila, further illuminating the butter-yellow walls. The air is filled with the scent of grilled chicken kebabs and coffee, but perhaps the best part is the sound of laughter from women chatting.

Kara Martin, program director for the Food Innovation Network (FIN), gestures to the ceiling, remarking on the need to get some sound baffles, but for now the symphony of laughter is the welcome sound of success.

Spice Bridge is the home of FIN’s Food Business Incubator, a program that helps provide women immigrants and refugees in South King County with everything from permit assistance and marketing guidance to rent subsidies and mentoring.

Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area.   (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)
Spice Bridge, a 2,800-square-foot Tukwila global food hall, is home to four retail stalls and cook stations, a commercial kitchen and dining area. (Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

FIN is a program

Read More Read more

Beauty icon Bobbi Brown has this advice for small business owners during the pandemic

Navigating the pandemic hasn’t been easy for business owners. Serial entrepreneur Bobbi Brown is no exception.

a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Bobbi Brown, who left her eponymous cosmetics company in 2016, is now founder and CEO of Beauty Evolution.

© Provided by CNBC
Bobbi Brown, who left her eponymous cosmetics company in 2016, is now founder and CEO of Beauty Evolution.

The beauty icon, who sold her eponymous cosmetics company to Estée Lauder in 1995, is now founder and CEO of Beauty Evolution, a lifestyle and content company. 


Load Error

“Parts have definitely been frustrating,” Brown said of the pandemic. That includes things such as being physically separated from her team.

“Mostly, I’ve been focusing on the positive — the power of Zoom calls, virtual [public relations] opportunities, Instagram Lives, and having the time and space to connect with people I would’ve never met,” she said.

The self-made millionaire certainly isn’t a stranger to embracing change. She walked away from Bobbi Brown Cosmetics in late 2016, after building the company from scratch in

Read More Read more