Bullock's



A characterful drawing of Bullock's large downtown
flagship, showing the collection of connected
structuresat the corner of Hill and 7th Streets.


Another view of the same corner emphasizes the 10-
story structure on the corner of Hill & 7th which
was begun in 1928.



A seven story building anchored the corner of Broadway
and 7th Streets. The Broadway and Hill buildings were
'connected by an alleyway known as St. Vincent's Court.
The store caused controversy when it wanted to connect
its structures abovethis passage, but ultimately prevailed.


The last major component of this
array of buildings was the Store
for Men on Hill Street, opened
in 1934.


Bullock’s (1904)
Broadway, Hill and Seventh
Los Angeles, CA


MAdison 7-1911



Below Street Level
Hill Street
Men’s Sportswear • Men’s Sportswear Accessories • Camera Shop • Luggage • Sporting Goods • Boots and Saddle Shop • Bullock’s Soup Bar



Street Floor
Hill Street
Fine Jewelry • Watches • Clocks • Silver

Talk of the Town Shop Jewelry-Handbags-Stationery
Town and Travel Dresses • Town and Travel Sportswear • Town and Travel Country Clothes • Town and Travel Coats & Suits • Men’s Accessories • Men’s Furnishings • Men’s Shoes • Men’s Hats • Men’s Gift Shop • Smoke Shop • Stationery • Social Engraving
Broadway Cutlery • Hosiery • Fashion Accessories • Handbags • Personal Leather Goods • Women’s Gloves • Leg Fashions • Fashion Jewelry • Fashion Tops • Street Floor Sweaters • Blouses Plus • Street Floor Bra Bar • Street Floor Lingerie • Cosmetics • Toiletries • Toiletries Accessories • Magic Nut and Candy Shop • Notions


Mezzanine
Hill Street Sundeck Sportswear


Second Floor
Hill Street
Fine Linens • Casual Linens • Decorative Linens • Patio Linens • Sheets • Bedding • Towels • Closet Shop • Store for Boys • Men’s Clothing • The Wynbrier Shop • Men’s Robes • Varsiti Shop • Luggage

South Bridgeway Photographic Studio
Broadway Californienne Shop • Patio Shop • Uniforms • Maternity Shop • Yardage • Woolens • Cottons • Silks and Rayons • Lace & Edgings



Third Floor
Hill Street
29-39 Shop • Little Money Dresses • Miss Angelena Shop • Fashion Gallery • Innovators • Status Sportswear • Status Dresses • Emphasis Sportswear • Emphasis Dresses • Emphasis Collectables • Outerwear • Florentine Room • Sherwyn Sportswear • Sherwyn Shoes • Sherwyn Suits • Bridal Salon • Bridal Consultant

South Bridgeway Fur Fashions • Sherwyn Coats • Sherwyn Millinery
Broadway Sherwyn Dresses • Lady Bullock Dresses • Lady Bullock Sportswear • Millinery • Florentine Room Coats and Suits • Dorothy Mills Shopping Service



Fourth Floor
Hill Street
 Collegienne Coats & Suits • Collegienne Sportswear • Collegienne Dresses • Collegienne Shoes • Collegienne Lingerie • Young Attitude • Art Needlework • Yarns
South Bridgeway Robes • Campus Hi Shop
Broadway Fashion Shoes • Town and Travel Shoes • Young Attitude Shoes • Sleepwear • Robes and Leisurewear • Daytime Lingerie • Bra and Body Fashions • Young Attitude Lingerie • Women’s Slippers



Fifth Floor
Hill Street
Curtains • Drapery Fabrics • Lamps • 1001 Shop

South Bridgeway Bedroom Accessories
Broadway Toys • Young Shoes • Baby Shop • Toddler Shop • Children’s Lingerie • Three to Six Shop • 7-14 Shop • Girls’ Accessories • Twix-Teen Shop • Girls’ Sleepwear • Young Junior Dresses • Young Junior Sportswear



Sixth Floor
Hill Street
Oriental Rugs • Casual Rugs • Carpeting • Radios • Televisions • Electronics • Records
Broadway Housewares • Small Electrics • Dining Accessories • China • Bridal Gift Registry • Glassware • Bath Shop • Major Appliances • Barbecue Shop • Trim The Home Shop



Seventh Floor
Hill Street
Sleep Shop • Furniture Shops • Modern Furniture • Occasional Furniture • Traditional Furniture • Contemporary Furniture • Provincial Shop • Boudoir Shop • The Home Boutique • Tunbridge Shop Antiques • Decorative Accessories • Gifts • Homemaker Shop • Wynfair Shop • Studio of Interior Design

Broadway The Sun Shop • Poolside Shop • Homeworks


Eighth Floor
The Palmetto Room



Ninth Floor
Bullock's Beauty Salon


Tenth Floor
Executive Offices • Assembly Room


(806,000 sq. ft.)




Pasadena
South Lake Street
September, 1947
314,000 sq. ft.
The Coral Room


Westwood
September, 1951
233,000 sq. ft.
The Lotus Tea Room



Santa Ana
Fashion Square
September, 1958
336,000 sq. ft.
The Estrella Room
The Sweet Shop



Sherman Oaks (1962)
Fashion Square
April, 1962
310,000 sq. ft.
The Encino Room
The Pronto Room


Lakewood
April, 1965
262,000 sq. ft.
The Laguna Room
The Lagunita Room
 


Del Amo
Fashion Square
September, 1966
262,000 sq. ft.
The Tea Room
Men’s Grill



La Habra
August, 1968
Fashion Square
271,000 sq. ft.
The Tea Room
Ice Cream Parlour


Northridge
Fashion Center
September, 1971
175,000 sq. ft.
Café Oblique
Post Haste Coffee Shop

Stanford Shopping Center
Palo Alto
1972
180,000 s.f.


South Coast Plaza (1973)
September, 1973
Costa Mesa
187,000 sq. ft.
Restaurant
Coffee Shop

Walnut Creek
Broadway Plaza
1973
188,000 s.f.

Mission Valley
San Diego
March, 1975
188,000 sq. ft.


West Covina
The Plaza
September, 1975
150,000 sq. ft.

Vallco Fashion Park
Cupertino
1975
180,000 s.f.
Century City
September, 1976
136,000 sq. ft.

Scottsdale, AZ
Camel View Plaza
January, 1977
159,000 s.f.

Stonestown
San Francisco
1977
176,000 s.f.

Oakridge Mall
San Jose
1978
148,000 s.f.

Chris-Town
Phoenix, AZ
1979
162,000 s.f.

Plaza Camino Real
1980
Carlsbad
Mission Viejo Mall
1980
Mission Viejo


Coming in due course.



52 comments:

  1. The reason that each Bullock's location had their own distinct logos up unitl the late 1960's (the Del Amo store) was that each store had their own team of buyers, management, and advertising staff. Even their fashion labels had the logo of that specific Bullock's location where it was sold. Even some of their departments were distinctively named depending on the location. I'm not sure if any other department store chain in the US ever had those type of techniques.

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  2. Randy, you bring up an interesting point. In addition to all of this, Bullock's had some quite individual store designs as well. Twice, within the last few years, I was in Pasadena for the Cal Tech graduation (2 of my three PhD nieces and nephew) and visited the former Bullock's Pasadena. In spite of the (in my opinion) mediocre offerings of the store today, you could certainly see what a fabulous piece of retail design it was, and how it inspired depression-and-war-weary Americans with its clean lines, luxurious materials, and fascinating layout.

    Bullock's business organization, as you describe it, seems to have lasted until the mid-sixties. Bullock's Wilshire, though, maintained its own identity. Given the consolidation and merger approach which ultimately caused many of the great individual stores to disappear, I am surprised (yet glad) that Bullock's took this more complex and, probably, costly approach.

    I would assume that Bullock's felt that this was the best way to serve customers in the diverse communities in which it located its stores.

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  3. I believe the change to centralized buying/advertising etc was driven by the acquisition of Bullock's by Federated Department Stores in 1964. IMHO, to continue to grow Bullock's under the old organizational structure would've been too costly and unwieldy. Plus, with the advent of computerized merchandising systems, a buyer in downtown Los Angeles could monitor sales in all her stores across the chain. Unfortunately, that buyer no longer was able to walk out onto the selling floor and interact with their customers and salespeople, and, in time, the level of service and knowledge has dropped to the level it is today, where salespeople are really no more than cashiers.

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  4. Well stated. All of the consolidation, while it may have been driven by technology and logic, has led to a situation where most stores today, in trying to be all things to all people, satisfy no one very well.

    I lived for a while in a communist country. They had one state department store, a state high-fashion (hah!) store, a state housewares store ("1001 Novelties" was its name) and so on. That situation is frighteningly similar to our retail climate now that the centralization you mention has reached its current state.

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  5. This is my first time to this site,it is wonderful.You did miss one Bullocks.The Beverly Center(mall)store.On the 6th,& 7th floor,it was quite a shopping center.8 stories tall,the 6th,& 7th,shopping,the 8th,the food court.On La Cienega,& Beverly Bl.in Los Angeles,near Beverly Hills.Built,& opened in 1979,its a place to go see.Now Macys,& Bloomingdales,its other department store,was the now out of bus.Broadway,Calif.An enclosed mall,it is still a site to see,& still going after 31 yrs.I would say for a mall,that is pretty good.Also in this mall is the first five levels is parking,& on the first level corner,is Macys Mens store,the only one of its type,there from the mid 1990s.

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  6. @glenn gilbert, Beverly Center actually opened in 1982.

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  7. Don't forget the great Bullock's Scottsdale, Arizona store-- what a great store, although it had a quirky "get you lost" layout.

    What a beautiful store with great merchandise. At last check it was a Macy's store.

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  8. I had the privilege of working at Bullock's as an Assistant Buyer in the late 1980's; I had transferred from another division and to say I felt I was in retail heaven is an understatement. It was also an organization evocative of it's time; highly competitive, dramatic, not for the weak, and too fantastic to last. The Campeau takeover of Federated, IMHO, set the gears in motion for the death of the local department store. As for Macy's acquisition and merger of Bullock's in 1988 first into Macy's South, then Macy's West, I hope never again to experience the unprofessional conduct displayed in those early meetings, where I saw people's careers and lives destroyed for no other purpose than greed. As for me, I have held numerous executive retail positions with fantastic companies, but my loyalty is to myself.

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  9. Bullock's did have the store at Scottsdale Fashion Square/Camelview Plaza, though don't know the exact years of that.
    Its actually part of Dillard's flagship store (largest in the chain), though the Dillards also took part of the existing mall for their store.

    I believe there was a second Bullock's in Arizona, at Chris Town Mall in Phoenix. That later became a Dillards, then a Dillard's outlet, and now demolished and a Target is in its place.

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  10. And don't forget Bullocks North which was a short run failed attempt at Bullocks in Northern California. They used a different credit card. It was a butter yellow card marked Bullocks and didn't mention Bullocks Wilshire on it. I think most of the Northern California Bullocks became Nordstrom

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  11. The individual buying while a great idea at the time did have its drawbacks. You are correct that once Federated took over they stopped the practice. The best analogy I can use today is Nordstrom. Nordstrom discontinued its practice of regional buying about 10 years ago, when it realized it was hurting its overall business. You can not have Buyer's doing their owe thing by reason and not have a central vision...which was Nordstrom's problem. Sales sank and merchandise arrangements were not even similar even in the same locale. As a result it was stopped. Whether we like it or not, those days, such as with Bullocks, are long gone.

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  12. Please come visit our Bullock's Group on Flickr
    http://www.flickr.com/groups/1383616@N25/

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  13. I've read from an article in a retail industry magazine from c.1979 that Bullock's once considered a Northwest division in Seattle and possibly Portland.

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  14. The Bullock's in Mission Valley (San Diego) was the most beautiful store in the chain. All wood and brick inside....service was individual and the store never appeared crowded (although it was not very large). Eventually all the good shopping moved to Fashion Valley down the road.

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  15. Having worked at Bullocks for 24 years it's good to note how accurate the analysis and information is. I helped open the San Diego store but, I thought that was in 1984. My only regret there was that I never purchased the one and only "Golden Gun" used in the Bond Film "The Man With The Golden Gun" which was on consignment by Swank. With my discounts it would have cost me then $1200.00

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  16. Scott S. Spenceley21 August, 2011 00:10

    I worked for Bullock's/Macy's in 1980 to '81 in Carlsbad. CA, then returned in '83 and worked for another 13 years there. I transferred to the Mission Valley Store in '87. I managed Bath & Bedding there. It was very hard times as Macy's bought us and then the demise. All the good brands left. The three bankruptcies hurt too. Overall, I have very good memories and retail is in my blood. Scott S. Spenceley, Beaverton, OR dougbill1@yahoo.com also on FB :oD

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  17. Paul Christian Heidrick23 August, 2011 16:47

    I have been following this blog for about a year and my sentiments are similar to Glen North. All of the information people have been providing here, seems very consistent with my recollection as well.
    I was born in LA in 1962 and my father worked for Bullock's starting in the late 40's. I grew up shopping at The Bullock's Pasadena store, and sometimes, the Wilshire store - I definitely remember the splendor of that building and am grateful that the law school that owns the building has preserved that important landmark of Wishire Blvd.. I always got my hair cut at the Pasadena barber shop and ate on occasion at the tea room in Pasadena, where they had live models walking the floor with the latest, fine dresses.

    My dad's last position was V.P. of operations in Southern California until 1972 when we moved to the Bay area where he ran the Northern division as President and eventually Chairman. During that time, he oversaw all of the expansion in N. Cal. post Walnut Creek - Cupertino, San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland in the works and the "ahead of its time and mal-climate-controlled" tent store in Mariners Island (San Mateo). I also recall that my dad in some capacity helped open the Fashion Valley (San Diego) store when he worked in So. Cal., as we went to a City Council meeting for the approval process. My dad took me up to meet the then, mayor of San Diego, Pete Wilson. I believe that must have been around the early 1970's.
    My latest and most difficult memories of his tenure at Bullocks were the early 80's. During the recession, even though the retail climate was bleak, there was an enormous amount of pressure from Federated Dept. Stores to remain profitable. My opinion is that Northern California already had a well established store in Saks 5th Avenue to compete against, and on the other side, Macy's as an all around competitor. But not certain as to exactly why Bullocks never had the same success as the Southern California stores. Shortly after my father passed away in 1982, Federated sold the Norther Cal. stores to Nordstrom.
    One thing that seemed to be consistent from the beginning, was the unique and beautiful stores they built. Always very high end architecture and interiors. The stand outs being Bullock's Wilshire, Pasadena, Westwood, Lakewood, Fashion Valley and South Coast Plaza (which are identical aesthetics) and the Mariner's Island store, which although a total failure due to poor mechanical engineering, blew the doors off traditional retail store architecture and introduced the concept of shopping in daylight as opposed to florescent light, not to mention the spacial aspect, seismic benefits and lowered energy costs. L.Gene Zelmer was the architect and the engineer was Horst Berger of Geiger Berger Engineers. Im looking forward to following this excellent Blog - thanks BAK !

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    1. thanks for the insider perspective. Very informative

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  18. Margaret Pynchon27 September, 2011 09:41

    Excellent post, and comments. And right up the alley of:

    http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/showthread.php?p=5424735&posted=1#post5424735

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  19. awesome site! i was an employee of the Beverly Center store, which was run by "Mrs. P".....she ran a tight ship and i think was one of the real old school type store managers who came up in the bullocks ranks

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  20. You can't imagine how beautiful and stunning the Bullock's stores were, specifically the Wilshire and Pasadena stores. Amazing time-capsules.

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  21. I worked in the Mission Valley/San Diego store in 1979/80....so it had to have opened earlier than that!

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  22. Debbie McCommons Nance03 December, 2011 03:06

    Please remember that it is "Bullock's" and "Bullocks Wilshire". Bullocks Wilshire did not use the possessive.
    I was in Corporate Training in the 80's and have visited all of the Bullock's and BW stores. So proud of those beautiful buildings and especially proud of the professional sales people who gave individual sales cultures and personalities to each store. I smiled as I watched the Macy's parade this year and saw Macy's CEO Terry Lundgren - a former Bullock's Executive Trainee,who rose through the Bullock's and BW ranks and whose big claim to fame was the battery operated tie spinner that made the 4th quarter of 84. :)

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  23. Mr Heidrick,
    Thank you for your extremely interesting post. I grew up in San Francisco and have very fond memories of shopping at Bullock's Northern California stores. They too, were beautiful buildings, like their Southern California sisters. Perhaps if they had managed to hang on a little longer, subsequent remodels of the malls in Stonestown, Stanford, Walnut Creek, and Oakridge might've been enough to make the division profitable.

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  24. I remember going to Bullock's dowtown Los Angeles in the 50s & 60s and seeing different depts. with different names like "THE SHERWYN SHOP", "TALK OF THE TOWN', "THE WYNBRIER SHOP" AND "TOWN AND TRAVEL" SHOPS". Can anyone tell me about the styles of those departments?

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  25. @Anonymous: giving a department, or group of departments a name was common in the hey day of the regional department store. Names could be drawn from many sources and were unique to the individual company.Generally speaking, Sherywn Sportswear at Bullock's was women's moderate apparel; Town and Travel Sportswear was the next price point up. I also suggest going to Flickr and do a search for Bullock's under 'groups' for photos and discussions.

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  26. I worked at the Del Amo store (#12) starting March of 1982 to March of 1984. I was behind the scenes during the store remodel and eventually working in shipping/receiving and a stock clerk in one of the departments but having gained a knowledge of virtually every department in the store. The Del Amo store at that time was run by James B Slayden GM, David Mintz Asst GM and Cecila Palicini and Michael Booth as Co-Operations Managers during the remodeling. This management team was bar none, the best management team I have ever had the pleasure of working for. Under this management team, Del Amo was like a huge family. Eventually, people retired, promoted or otherwise went separate ways. Some of the replacements attempted to carry on the family tradition. Unfortunately, others came in with over-inflated egos, thinking only of themselves. It was the beginning of the end. I came back briefly in November of 1985 and left for other pursuits in 1987 when I could no longer stand what the management at that time had done to the place and to the moral of the associates. On occasion as I pass by the building, the outside looks about the same with the exception of the "Macy's" logo. Inside, it's a mess. Very few of the associates know anything of the products they sell. Customer service is pretty much non-existent. Over the years, I have heard horror story after horror story from associates who have attempted to stay on through the Macy's merger. What a shame.

    I recently learned of the sudden passing of James Slayden. All of us who have had the pleasure of working with and for him will miss him now just as we did when he left the store and subsequently retired. There may never be another one like him anywhere.

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  27. I worked for Bullock's in Carlsbad from 1989 - 1994. They were the best retail years of my life. Fashion shows, bridal fairs, personal shoppers, all the glamour of old school department stores. I started as the Inventory Control Manager and was soon promoted to Operations Manager. Only when Macy's took over and the operations team from Macy's became tyrants did I hate my job. They wanted to reinvent the wheel and make changes like painting the freight elevator (like that really mattered). I was transferred to Costa Mesa (against my wishes) which was too long of a commute for me from Oceanside and left the company. It was a sad way to end just a wonderful company.

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  28. In 1974 I got my first Christmas job, wrapping packages at Bullock's Westwood. Then, I was promoted to the shoe department. How I detested having to pretend that patrons had smaller feet than they actually did. I preferred working "back stage" wrapping shoe boxes. After a hiatus I started working at the employees cafeteria from which I was promoted to the tearoom where I worked as hostess. When a CEO on lunch break discovered that I was studying Fashion Design, Marketing and Illustration at UCLA Extension, she gave me a job in the accounting department. I got a calculator and a chair in a closet. I cried the first day and gave notice the next. "Pull yourself together young lady," the female CEO said, "If you're lucky your manager at the Tea Room will still have you back." And so he did. Great memories. Loved that store! Thanks for creating this museum, wonderful endeavor!

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  29. There *was* a Bullock's at the Scottsdale Fashion Square. It closed in 1996. I worked that Christmas season at the SFS Robinsons May store, and as I was a very recent transplant from Indiana and had never seen a Bullock's before, I asked my coworkers about it. I later drove over to its parking lot and was saddened at the sight: the store was completely abandoned, but its signs were still up. There were palm trees on each side of its big front doors, and they were in disrepair. The store deserved better.

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  30. Bullock's Mission Valley (not Fashion Valley!) opened in 1975 - I believe in June. I also helped open the store - in the furniture department (sales). I transferred to the South Coast Plaza furniture dept. and after a little while decided to go into management. Federated had the best Management Training Program - I still carry with me so much of what I learned during it. it was renowned & remains on my resume. When I moved to NY, Bloomingdales welcomed me w/ opened arms. Most of the top management from the70"s went on to have very prestigious positions w/in Federated - Allen Questrom w/ the Atlanta division, Michael Steinberg with Macys NY. Jack Hruska who was the head of display for the home store is now Bloomingdale’s executive vp, creative services, & Bill Mackin his counterpart in SCP is now an executive VP @ Neiman Marcus. Yes the stores were gorgeous, but we were also a family (& I had 2!)

    I went looking for & came across this site because 1) I came discovered some photos from then - both stores, and 2) I live in downtown LA & was trying to figure out where the store was. According to the history of the company, the 1st store was 2 blocks from me, but the location it moved to, which is the one I knew, I believe was torn down and is now my local Ralph's :(. The Macy's SCP located in the old Bullock's building is the best on the west coast. It's very bizarre walking thru it and the mall. I remember when I. Magnin opened in the new wing of the mall (& what clothes I bought there @ the opening), which is now a lousy Saks.

    I still have a Bullock's SCP sweatshirt from my days in management - can't throw it away, but don't know what to do w/it. Any ideas?

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  31. As a kid growing up in Southern California I remember Bullock's with great fondness because it was everyone working and shopping there seemed so sophisticated. As a young adult, I remember being able to shop there when I got my first job. The service, selection always impressed. The caliber of associates was second to none. All this is sorely missing in todays retail climate. It's a huge shame this store isn't around any longer.

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  32. The Mission Valley store opened on February 19, 1975.

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  33. @Anonymous(Mar 24,2012)I can answer your question, have a question of my own, and a couple of minor corrections and additions.
    I agree that Federated's Executive Training (as it was called in the mid-80's)has served me well in my personal and professional life. Although the Bullock's nameplate has been gone since 1996, I still find it to be a hallmark on my resume.
    As for management alumni: Allen Questrom came back to Bullock's as CEO in 1984 from Rich's. He was promoted in late 1987 to a Federated Director of Stores position. He then headed Neiman Marcus, Federated (as CEO), Barneys New York,and J.C Penney where he retired in 2004. His protege Terry Lundgren, followed Questrom to Neiman Marcus,then back to Federated,now Macy's Inc.
    I had the priviledge of working with Michael Steinberg at Federated's Sanger Harris division, later renamed Foley's. Steinberg came out of retirement to run Federated's Macy's West division from 1994-1999. James Grey retired as president(1994-2007) of Federated's Macy's East division. In total, he served Federated for 46 years, mostly at Bullock's, where he was President at the time of the Campeau takeover disaster.
    I was not aware that Jack Hruska who I worked with elsewhere had worked at Bullock's.
    The original Bullock' downtown store buildings stretch from 639 S. Broadway to the corner at Seventh: west along Seventh to Hill, then north to 634 S. Hill St. The replacement store was at Seventh Street Marketplace aka 7th & Fig now under redevelopment as FIG&7th. Target will go into portions of the former Bullock's and May Co.buildings.
    The Saks Fifth Avenue in South Coast Plaza has remained in its same spot since 1979. It was the I.Magnin location that became the Macy's Men's Store.
    You may want to check with FIDM's Orange County campus regarding donating the sweatshirt. Or put it up on eBay. Bullock's ephemera can command good prices.

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  34. what a great site. i have thought of so many former bullocks associates over the past years.
    lynn.m.bonilla smith now

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  35. I haven't visited this site in over a year. Good to see it's still active.
    In reading Paul C.Heidrick's note from a year ago it reminds me that as the Traffic Manager for both Bullock's South and Bullock's North I would visit the Bullock's North DC every month and then meet with B.P.Heidrick the following day.

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  36. Hi, I have a question for you. My husband and I bought a bunch of old records at a garage sale recently, and included in the lot was a "H.R.S. ART ALBUM NO. 5" from the "Record Section... Sixth Floor, Bullock's Hill Street Building". It also has printed on the inner cover "BULLOCK'S DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES" and "Printed in U.S.A.". It is a brown (possibly leather), 12 sleeve vinyl record binder with decorative embossing on the front, and gold embossing on the spine. It appears to be fairly old and is in decent condition. All 12 sleeves are still intact. I tried to find any information on this item, but could find out nothing about it. I can send you photos of it if you would like. I hope you can tell me something about its age and possible worth. Thanks for you time.

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  37. The first floor of Bullock's Westwood just opened as a "City" Target. Spectacular mid-century facade still intact and pretty as ever.

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  38. Linda Marie Osborne30 November, 2012 22:35

    Does anyone remember the name of the restaurant in the Bullock's Mission Valley San Diego store? Something like Zarrela's???
    lmo4139@aol.com

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  39. I worked in the Northridge store from the late 70's to early 80's in the drapes,, rugs and carpet department as a stock/sales associate. While it is true that the buying office was already centralized at the time, the buyers listened to the managers what they thought would sell at their stores. I remember being asked several times what I thought of one pattern or another and if we could sell it. Managers in that time still had power over what was sold in their departments as if it was their own shops. The manager and I would go to a wholesale distributor to select oriental rugs for the department.

    I also remember several instances when many of us would locate something for a customer at another store and we would occasionally even drive over and buy it ourselves and then return it at our own store so the customer could get the item in time. At the time I drove a motorcycle and strapping on a big item was a good challenge.

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  40. Thank you for this site. So sad to see the downtown L.A. location being used as a parking structure and home to Big Lots!

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  41. I had 2 stints with Bullock's. I was a Divisional Manager in Mission Valley in 1976 and then South Coast Plaza. I left the company and returned in the 80's working in the desert store and downtown buying office. Bullock's was a great store-nothing like the customer service and products we offered. So many people went on to Federated, etc. in their careers. I just found this site and would love to find my friends from the buying Junior Division offices in the mid 80's-Ginger Olson, Michelle, Jody, Karen, Heidi.

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  42. I joined Bullock's upon graduating from college in 1973 as an "executive trainee". My first boss/buyer was Miss K (Olga Katsufrakis) in the downtown store. I became an assistant buyer with the following chain of command: Buyer: Al Barrack; DMM: Mike Steinberg; GMM: Allan Questrom. Monday morning meetings with those characters were brutal, funny learning experiences. I was the domestics department manager in the Sherman Oaks store until the summer of 1976, when I left for graduate school.
    Frank Rice was my father-in-law. He joined Bullock's in 1942 as copy writer in advertising. He retired in 1985 after 42 years with the company. He served as Store manager at Pasadena and was corporate VP of Advertising and Government and Community relations.
    Frank used to regale me with stories of P.G. Winnett and the Bullock family in the days before the sale to Federated, which I think took place in 1966. He said the sale was extremely divisive to the organization.
    Bullock's could have been one of the great luxury retailers with some foresight, leadership and luck. RIP.

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  43. There are some great comments on this site from individuals who were either employees with Bullocks or were customers of the chain. I have set up a Facebook Group called "Bullock's Department Store Memories" which is a continuation of this site reflecting the memories of those who worked for this store. There is a Bullock's reunion coming up later this month for former Buyers and Executives some of whom have not seen each other for 30 years.

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  44. What a fantstic store! I was a kid in th 60s-my parents shopped there. First Pasadena, then La Habra. then West Covina, where we lived.
    I've NEVER seen a department store to its equal. Robinsons was great, but to my memory never had the unique quality to each of its stores. There were stores like I. Magnin which were great and more expensive but my memories were that they were never the low key chic of Bullocks. People could aford to shop at Bullocks because the service, quality. and consideration given were so good. Return? No problem, no questions asked. Free gift boxes at christmas-best quality with class wraping. I loved going with my parents. Some families Robinsons, but mine was Bullocks all the way.

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  45. I forgot to add... if anyone is interested in making an offer on the Bullock's Pasadena paper bags...check out Craigs List listing for Glendale Yard Sale (California) in on Sat./Sun. 7/27-7/28. Stop by to see other cool stuff.

    This is a great blog and website! Takes me back to a calmer time. Ahhh.

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  46. I forgot about making a note here which I should have done a LONG time ago.
    My former boss, whom I think EVERYBODY knew and respected, passed away over a year ago at age 86 and I don't know of many who knew. Jack Galen worked for Bullocks for OVER 50 years and remained until Macy's structure eliminated his position at the City of Industry DC.

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  47. I have a merchant bond from Bullocks Santa Ana. It appears to me to be pretty old. Is there any value in an item like this?

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  48. I have recently found out the origin of the "Sherwyn" department name. It's from the name of the parrot in which Mrs. John G. Bullock owned!

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  49. One note:

    If you need a picture of the Bullock’s store at Century City, watch the last hour or so of the Movie “Selena” with Jennifer Lopez. She has to go shopping, and does so by running into Century City’s elegant shopping center on the side of the mall that, at that time, still said “Bullock’s”. My how fast stores change!

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  50. Wonderful days @ Woodland Hills and Lakewood as a buyer. Will never forget the people

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  51. Please include the Manhattan Beach store. Opened in late 1981 or so, and included the one and only "Country Store" department. My first job out of high school and some of the fondest memories I have. Worked the Country Store and Stationery, anybody else out there? Mary Pogreba

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