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F/ELD Raises $6 Million in Funding Round

Los Angeles-based cannabis products company F/ELD said it has raised $6 million in a funding round from cannabis investors.

L.A. Moves Closer to Banning Sale of Fur

The Los Angeles City Council has unanimously voted for the drafting of legislation that will ban the sale and manufacture of fur-related products in the city.

American Air’s $1.6B Plan

American Airlines plans to take off soon with a $1.6 billion renovation of two LAX terminals.

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Contract Negotiations For $1B LAX Car Rental Facility to Proceed

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners on Sept. 6 green lighted Los Angeles World Airports’ staff to negotiate a contract with a consortium to design, build and operate the $1 billion consolidated car rental facility near Los Angeles International Airport.

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Budget Beauty Bar Draws Outside Investment

Face Haus adds locations in Santa Monica, USC Village, Manhattan Beach

West Hollywood-based Face Haus, a beauty bar whose slogan is “facials for the people,” opened its fourth location late last month and has plans for another already in the works.

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Carson Kia Buy Spurs Growth

Glendale’s Trophy Automotive plans to expand regional reach

Purchase of Carson Kia first in Trophy Automotive Dealer Group’s expansion plans.

Third Street 3.0 in Santa Monica

RETAIL: Plan to “reimagine” retail center underway

Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade examines whether to reinvent itself once again.

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Villaraigosa Joins MedMen Board

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined the board of MedMen Enterprises, the Culver City cannabis company announced early Aug. 29.

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Commerce-based Smart & Final Expands Delivery Services in L.A. County

As home delivery becomes the latest competitive amenity among supermarkets and other retailers, Commerce-based Smart & Final Stores Inc. announced another 27 stores in Los Angeles County and other areas will offer delivery services.

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LAX Passenger Traffic Up 3.2 Percent in July, 4.8 Percent Year-to-Date

Passenger traffic at Los Angeles International Airport rose 3.2 percent in July compared to last year and was up 4.8 percent for the seven months of this year, according to figures released Aug. 28 by airport officials.

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Hapik Opens First U.S. Store in El Paseo South Gate

The El Paseo shopping center in South Gate is the latest retail outfit to offer experiential services to its patronage by signing a 10-year lease with Hapik, an indoor climbing park.

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Forever 21 Adds Visual Searching

RETAIL: Fast-fashion specialist moves to bolster website, mobile app

Forever 21 debuts new visual search feature to boost online sales.

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Brooks Brothers to Close Rodeo Store

Building listed for $300 million

Brooks Brothers is permanently closing its store at 468 N. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on Aug. 27.

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Finnair to Launch Nonstop Service from LAX to Helsinki Starting March 31

Finnair was set to announce on Aug. 21 that it will offer the first nonstop flight service from Los Angeles International Airport to Helsinki, Finland starting on March 31.

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Fat Brands to Expand in Southern California

Beverly Hills-based Fat Brands Inc. is planning to roll out 12 Fat Burger and Buffalo Express restaurants throughout Southern California, the company announced Aug. 20.

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