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At the beginning of a long article from California Apparel News about how the past few years have been tough on independent retailers, there's a quote from an unexpected source: Paul J. Kurzawa, the chief operating officer of Caruso Affiliated (the company that owns The Grove and The Americana at Brand). Both malls aren't exactly known for bringing indie shopping to the masses, instead relying on huge national chains like Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble and Apple. But according to CAN, at a forum in Long Beach on January 25th Kurzawa said that his company "is developing plans—possibly at The Grove—for a district of boutiques similar to those stores seen in neighborhoods such as Los Angeles’ Los Feliz."
Of course, this doesn't necessarily mean that these boutiques will actually be independently-owned—as the article also mentions, landlords are able to charge and make more off of national retail tenants than local ones.
· LA's Indie Boutiques Strive to Thrive [CAN]