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March 6, 2008
The South Coast Home Furnishings Centre in Costa Mesa may replace Wickes Furniture with as many as three new retailers when the store closes in April, the president of the center’s management team said. Chris Louis, the president of the PacificWest Asset Management Corporation, said the center by the 405 Freeway may sign another large retailer or two or three smaller ones to fill the space. He declined to say which tenants the center had in mind. Wickes, an Illinois-based corporation, recently announced it would close all its nationwide stores by the end of April.
NEWS
June 14, 2007
Another car dealer will be added to the wide array of auto stores on Costa Mesa's "Harbor Boulevard of Cars." A 20,470-square-foot CarMax Auto Superstore will take over the parcel at Harbor and Gisler Avenue, left vacant when Wickes Furniture moved across the road to the new South Coast Home Furnishings Centre. The Costa Mesa planning commission on Monday voted to allow the new store that will sell new and used cars. It's being developed by South Coast Plaza magnates C. J. Segerstrom & Sons.
LOCAL
July 4, 2007
Council members got hung up on arguments for and against a proposed CarMax auto superstore on the site of the former Wickes Furniture and had not decided that issue at press time. The CarMax debate arose when residents in the adjacent French Quarter townhomes appealed the planning commissions approval on the project. The residents argued the auto dealer would generate too much traffic, light and noise. A spokesman for developer Henry Segerstrom & Sons said other stores that wanted the site, including Kohl's and Home Depot, would cause far more impact on the neighborhood.
BUSINESS
August 21, 2007
Birtcher Development and Investments has sold South Coast Home Furnishings Centre, a Costa Mesa monolith with more than 30 stores, for more than $100 million, company officials said Monday. The center, developed by Birtcher and Buchanan Street Partners, is on Hyland Street next to the 405 Freeway at South Coast Drive. News reports in 2006 pegged the development’s cost at $90 million. Stores include La-Z-Boy, Wickes Furniture and L.A. Carpet. Birtcher expected to hold onto the center for a few more years, but “it was an excellent offer,” President Brandon Birtcher said of the $100-million sale price.
NEWS
July 3, 2007
Plans to open a CarMax Auto Superstore on the old Wickes Furniture property on Harbor Boulevard have hit a snag. Homeowners in Costa Mesa's French Quarter neighborhood have appealed the city planning commission's approval of the new and used auto dealer, claiming their concerns about traffic, noise, property values and other issues haven't been fully addressed. Wickes recently moved to the new South Coast Home Furnishings Centre, so C. J. Segerstrom and Sons hoped to redevelop the land with a 20,470-square-foot CarMax.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2008
Customers have only a few weeks left to shop at Wickes Furniture in Costa Mesa. The Illinois-based furniture chain plans to shut down all its stores this spring. The Costa Mesa store opened in 1983 at Harbor Boulevard and Gisler Avenue, and moved in November 2006 into the South Coast Home Furnishings Centre by the 405 Freeway. Wickes was the first tenant at the furnishings center, which features high-profile retailers along with smaller shops. A spokeswoman for Wickes said the company planned to close all its stores by the end of April.
NEWS
May 26, 2003
Paul Clinton Saying they don't fear a siphoning of customers, a string of local home furnishings stores are welcoming the IKEA at Home Ranch as a potent drawing card for a new crop of shoppers looking for chairs, bookcases, tables and other items. John Garrett, whose H.J. Garrett Furniture has been at its Harbor Boulevard location since 1963, said he doesn't expect IKEA to take shoppers from him. "In reality, it works just the opposite," Garrett said.
BUSINESS
By Amanda Pennington | December 30, 2006
In the next week or two, Brandon Birtcher, of Birtcher Development and Investments, said he will be set to announce that the company's new development, the South Coast Home Furnishings Centre, is 90% leased. Construction and lease agreements are all right on schedule for the $90-million shopping center's July 2007 opening date. But customers are already taking advantage of one of the center's stores, which opened the day after Thanksgiving. Wickes Furniture moved into a new and improved space at the Hyland Street shopping center from its old location at Gisler Street and Harbor Boulevard, which will be open for a few more months as a clearance center.
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By Alan Blank | October 28, 2008
Jon Beccarelli, 32, felt embarrassed when he walked into Share our Selves’ medical clinic in Costa Mesa on Friday. Beccarelli, who has a serious, long-standing thyroid condition, has relied on company health insurance to pay for his treatment for years; but he recently lost his sales job when his employer, Wickes Furniture, went out of business. To get his prescription medication, Beccarelli sought a doctor at Share our Selves, a local nonprofit whose volunteers offer free social, medical and dental services.
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BUSINESS
March 6, 2008
The South Coast Home Furnishings Centre in Costa Mesa may replace Wickes Furniture with as many as three new retailers when the store closes in April, the president of the center’s management team said. Chris Louis, the president of the PacificWest Asset Management Corporation, said the center by the 405 Freeway may sign another large retailer or two or three smaller ones to fill the space. He declined to say which tenants the center had in mind. Wickes, an Illinois-based corporation, recently announced it would close all its nationwide stores by the end of April.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2008
Customers have only a few weeks left to shop at Wickes Furniture in Costa Mesa. The Illinois-based furniture chain plans to shut down all its stores this spring. The Costa Mesa store opened in 1983 at Harbor Boulevard and Gisler Avenue, and moved in November 2006 into the South Coast Home Furnishings Centre by the 405 Freeway. Wickes was the first tenant at the furnishings center, which features high-profile retailers along with smaller shops. A spokeswoman for Wickes said the company planned to close all its stores by the end of April.
BUSINESS
August 22, 2007
Birtcher Development and Investments has sold South Coast Home Furnishings Centre, a Costa Mesa monolith with more than 30 stores, for more than $100 million, company officials said Monday. The center, developed by Birtcher and Buchanan Street Partners, is on Hyland Street next to the 405 Freeway at South Coast Drive. News reports in 2006 pegged the development’s cost at $90 million. Stores include La-Z-Boy, Wickes Furniture and L.A. Carpet. Birtcher expected to hold onto the center for a few more years, but “it was an excellent offer,” President Brandon Birtcher said of the $100-million sale price.
NEWS
July 12, 2007
Council members got hung up on arguments for and against a proposed CarMax auto superstore on the site of the former Wickes Furniture and had not decided that issue at press time. The CarMax debate arose when residents in the adjacent French Quarter townhomes appealed the planning commissions approval on the project. The residents argued the auto dealer would generate too much traffic, light and noise. A spokesman for developer Henry Segerstrom & Sons said other stores that wanted the site, including Kohl's and Home Depot, would cause far more impact on the neighborhood.
NEWS
July 3, 2007
Plans to open a CarMax Auto Superstore on the old Wickes Furniture property on Harbor Boulevard have hit a snag. Homeowners in Costa Mesa's French Quarter neighborhood have appealed the city planning commission's approval of the new and used auto dealer, claiming their concerns about traffic, noise, property values and other issues haven't been fully addressed. Wickes recently moved to the new South Coast Home Furnishings Centre, so C. J. Segerstrom and Sons hoped to redevelop the land with a 20,470-square-foot CarMax.
NEWS
June 14, 2007
Another car dealer will be added to the wide array of auto stores on Costa Mesa's "Harbor Boulevard of Cars." A 20,470-square-foot CarMax Auto Superstore will take over the parcel at Harbor and Gisler Avenue, left vacant when Wickes Furniture moved across the road to the new South Coast Home Furnishings Centre. The Costa Mesa planning commission on Monday voted to allow the new store that will sell new and used cars. It's being developed by South Coast Plaza magnates C. J. Segerstrom & Sons.
BUSINESS
By Amanda Pennington | December 30, 2006
In the next week or two, Brandon Birtcher, of Birtcher Development and Investments, said he will be set to announce that the company's new development, the South Coast Home Furnishings Centre, is 90% leased. Construction and lease agreements are all right on schedule for the $90-million shopping center's July 2007 opening date. But customers are already taking advantage of one of the center's stores, which opened the day after Thanksgiving. Wickes Furniture moved into a new and improved space at the Hyland Street shopping center from its old location at Gisler Street and Harbor Boulevard, which will be open for a few more months as a clearance center.
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