Thursday, March 31, 2011

Mid-Town Crossing

Building Site of Mid-Town Crossing, Pico, San Vicente, Rimpau, Los Angeles, 2011

The other night Larry and I were at the Tawada Grill on Pico for dinner. This is close to the intersection of Pico, San Vicente and Rimpau, home of the former Sears Roebuck store in Mid-City. This triangular site has been under construction for years. The name of this new shopping center is Mid-Town Crossing. A few chain stores have been built along the perimeter.

The center of this huge lot will become a Lowe's Home Improvement Store, along with a J.C. Penney's and a few other mid-range chains.

Sears Roebuck & Co., Pico & Rimpau, Los Angeles, 1943
L.A. Public Library Archives, courtesy of Foster & Kleiser

It will be convenient to have a Lowe's nearby. I'm just wondering how the funky stores on Pico Blvd. across from this behemoth will fare. So many of the little shops on this stretch of Pico are family-owned. Will they be able to compete with the chain stores? Will they benefit from the added traffic? Many of these buildings haven't changed since the 20's and 30's. You can still see remnants of beautiful Art Deco style architecture. Time will tell.

directly across the street from the new Mid-Town Crossing
2011 Photos by Larry Underhill

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At 4:06 PM PDT, Blogger Natalie said...

It seems like they have been working on that Loews for some time. I hope it all comes together and looks as fab as the original Sears

At 5:01 PM PDT, Anonymous Jo Anne said...

OK, here is a real oximoron for Bluebird troop went to Charm School at the Sears store!! Does that explain my lack of social skills and graces??

At 5:52 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Charm School at Sears????!!! Jo Anne...that's rich! You must have taken a follow-up charm class at Bullock's Wilshire, because your social skills are highly acceptable!

At 9:55 AM PDT, Blogger Renee said...

How about Wendy Ward's Charm School at Montgomery Wards in the late 1960's in Las Vegas? True story.

Renee :)

At 3:10 PM PDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ellen, MG worked in customer service at that Sears years ago. He was actor then so this one of his actual money making jobs. Others included cab dispatcher and messenger.

Christine G

At 3:14 PM PDT, Blogger -K- said...

I love the neon of the Pico Pawn shop at night.

At 3:15 PM PDT, Blogger Ellen Bloom said...

Thanks, -K-
I'll give photoman, Larry, your comments!

At 11:58 PM PDT, Blogger SteveInOregon said...

Here is a link to two brave LAPD officers hwo were killed at the Sears & Robuck on Pico ( now Lowes )

At 7:01 PM PDT, Blogger Jorge said...

I remember the Sears Pico store well as I was a part time employee there from @1979 to 1982, while I went to USC. I was told the parking lot on the 2nd story roof was a major innovation for its time, possibly a first for LA (not sure). Since that store was the closest Sears to Beverly Hills we sometimes saw celebrities. I got in trouble once for not taking a personal check from Cza Cza Gabor without personal ID, as we were required to do. I guess she did not wanted anyone to see her dob. A manager approved the check without ID. She was buying chocolate/caramel turtles. Gladys Knight was often in the Sears cafeteria on the second floor In the plumbing section worked the Dad of Ted Lange from the Love Boat.

At 2:27 AM PST, Blogger Brian Ricardo said... there any way i can find photos of midtown shopping center or the sears store on pico and rimpau from the 1960s and 70s?? It would really mean alot to me.


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