A man wanders through the Levitz Furniture store in Torrance in search of a potted plant. Or maybe a clock. He’s not sure. The man, who did not give his name, was looking for enough items to make up for the value of an order the furniture store did not honor because it’s going out of business. The closings will end a tradition that began in 1910 when Richard Levitz opened the first Levitz Furniture store in Lebanon, Pa. A manager at the Torrance store declined to comment. A Levitz corporate spokesman could not be reached. But in a statement, Michael Keefe, president of Hilco Merchant Resources, said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for every homeowner and apartment renter to realize unprecedented savings on a remarkable selection of brand names in furniture and accessories. This is sure to be a very popular sale and it should not last very long.” At the Torrance Levitz, located at the Torrance Promenade shopping center, Misty Vaquer was drawn to the store by signs advertising price cuts of 20 to 50 percent. “I can’t believe they’re closing down after all these years,” said Vaquer, 41, of Manhattan Beach. “It’s kind of sad because they’ve been around for so long.” Rita Mirzaian, a saleswoman at the nearby Jewelry Mart, said she wasn’t worried that the store’s closure and the resulting loss of foot traffic would affect business for her. The store never seemed to have much business anyway, Mirzaian said. “We always wondered why it’s so quiet,” Mirzaian said. “Lately, when the (closing) signs went up, there’s more people.” The shopping center also includes a Kmart, Trader Joe’s, Kids R Us, Office Depot and numerous other retailers. Levitz has occupied the Torrance site since 2002, when it relocated from a smaller Redondo Beach building near the South Bay Galleria. That site now features a Target store. The current Levitz site had previously housed a HomeLife Furniture store, which went out of business in 2001. An official at Kimco Realty Corp., the Irvine firm that owns the Torrance Promenade, did not return calls seeking comment. Kimco Realty is also one of the Levitz liquidators. Even with Levitz’s steep markdowns and a willingness to use floor merchandise to compensate for unmet orders, some shoppers may not be satisfied. After choosing her couch as well as a recliner from among the floor models at the Torrance location, Smith decided she didn’t want anything else in the store. But those two items amounted to about $1,000, which was $500 less than what she had paid for her original order. Smith said that because she paid by credit card, her credit company would compensate her for the balance. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ Lomita resident Dawn Smith had been in the same position recently with her original order of a leather couch and recliner never delivered by Levitz. “At first, I was livid. We had to go in there and take whatever was available on the floor,” said Smith, 37, who finally gained some comfort last week with the delivery of a different couch. Earlier this week, Levitz announced close-out sales at its 76 stores nationwide, including locations in Torrance and Hawthorne. In late November, a group of liquidators agreed to pay $48 million for the assets of the New York-based furniture chain. A few weeks earlier, Levitz had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the third time in less than a decade. More than $165 million in furniture and accessories will be liquidated, according to Hilco Merchant Resources, one of the six liquidators.
Tags: NCAA Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailINDIANAPOLIS-Wednesday, the NCAA confirmed Divisions I, II and III are to safeguard student athlete well-being, scholarships and eligibility.ABC 6 Knoxville sportscaster Jordan Crammer had more information on the rulingEach division must determine no later than Aug. 14 the eligibility for student-athletes who opt out of participating this fall or for those whose seasons are canceled/cut short due to COVID-19. Athletes must know what their eligibility status is before beginning the fall season. https://t.co/0iYglngPhu— Jordan Crammer (@JordanCrammer) August 5, 2020For present purposes, the most important bulletin is all fall sports activity, (preseason, regular season and postseason), must follow the recently released return-to-sports guidelines from the NCAA Sport Science Institute for all athletic activity. As the guidelines change based on the ever-changing pandemic, schools must follow any future accommodations.NCAA President Mark Emmert stated the NCAA’s emphasis solely rests on the health and safety of student athletes.Utah collegiate athletics are affiliated with the NCAA at the Division I level (Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Southern Utah University, the University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University and Weber State University) and Division II (Westminster University) levels. August 5, 2020 /Sports News – Local NCAA Determines All Divisions Can Determine Their Own Postseason Formats Brad James