In honor of the soon-to-be demolished Sears store on Central that no one apparently wants to save, keep in mind that the City of Glendale all but ordered the company to shed the original mid-30s look back in the late 1970s. It clashed with the civic renewal.
From the corporate archives…
Another milestone was passed in 1932 when Sears established the store planning and display department. Before merchandise had been fitted into buildings, now buildings were built around merchandise. The first store to be built from the inside out was the Glendale, California store opened in 1935. The new store planning and display department concerned itself with all elements of the store – tables, fixtures, space requirements for the different merchandise lines, customer flow and width of aisles. The store shell was built around the selling floor plan.
When Sears opened its Pico Boulevard store in Los Angeles four years later, a rival merchandising executive paid tribute: “In my long experience in the retail field,” he said, “I have yet to witness a retail unit which equals Sears Pico Store in practical efficiency, merchandise engineering, operation, layout and presentation of merchandise.”
Pico, Boyle, Hollywood, they’re all long gone. Boyle at least is in the hands of a restoration developer.
Don’t expect the same of these local towns.