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FLLewis / Media City G -- Sports Authority 1900 West Empire Ave. Ste. R12 in Burbank May 21, 2016

Going out of business sales at Sports Authority

Going out of business sales at Sports Authority stores expected to begin the middle of this week, just as the long Memorial Day weekend kicks off. One of the 450 stores closing is at the Empire Center in Burbank. Sports Authority was once the largest sporting goods retailer in the country. Heavily in debt,  the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy back in March. It had hope to restructure and shutter only some of its stores. That plan fell through and last month came word Sports Authority had... Read More →

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Photo: Media City G -- Walmart set to open new store in the Empire Center in Burbank April 6, 2016

Burbank Walmart hires more than 300 new associates

The new Burbank Walmart Supercenter is on track to open next month, according to store manager Panthi Patel. The world’s largest  retailer opened a hiring center a few weeks ago in Burbank. Patel estimates 350 associates have been hired for positions, from cashier to supervisor. In the past, Walmart has been criticized for low wages. During a phone interview today, Patel described the”incredible pay”at Walmart and how the company offers a “pathway to success.” He says “75 per cent of the promotions” are through the ranks and he feels Walmart... Read More →

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In the News: More money for millions of U.S. workers

Overtime pay for salaried workers: President Obama and the U.S. Labor Department announced the update of overtime regulations today. Hourly workers are guaranteed overtime. Now, thanks to the federal rule update, most white-collar employees making less than $47, 476 will be guaranteed overtime for working more than 40 hours a week. At least four million workers will be impacted, half of them women. Check out the video here for more on who will benefit from this update.   Netflix female star demands and gets equal pay: Actress... Read More →

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Photo showing boarded up entry after burglary at 1928 Jewelry Boutique Outlet 3412 West Magnolia Blvd. Burbank May 9, 2016 (photo courtesy stringer photographer)

Burbank jewelry store burglary rattles nerves in Mag Park

A burglary at 1928 Jewelry Boutique Outlet in Magnolia Park has rattled some nerves especially, among some of the local merchants. The break-in occurred at the fashion jewelry shop 3412 West Magnolia Boulevard last Monday, May 9. It happened “during the overnight/early morning hours,” explained Burbank Police spokesman, Sergeant Claudio Losacco in an email to Media City Groove. The suspect or suspects reportedly got away with “cash from the register.” A rash of break-ins and burglaries over the past six months or so had some Mag Park residents and... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Sign advertises the search for new hires at the Burbank Walmart location April 6, 2016

Burbank Walmart set to open soon – hiring underway

The converting of the old Great Indoors site into a new Walmart Supercenter is nearly complete in Burbank’s Empire Center. “We currently project opening in June,” according to Delia Garcia, Director of Communications for Walmart. After months of controversy, the remodeling has been steady and uneventful. The Walmart Supercenter will be around 143, 000 square feet and Garcia says it”will offer our Burbank customers the convenience of one-stop shopping for affordable groceries and a broad assortment of general merchandise.” A news release claims Walmart will be filling “approximately 300”... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill 110 North First Street, Burbank Friday, April 1, 2016

New Wood Ranch restaurant in Burbank staffing up

Hiring officially got underway yesterday for the most anticipated restaurant in B-town — the Wood Ranch BBQ & Grill. For months now, extensive renovations have been underway at the old location of the Elephant Bar, 110 North First Street, across from the Islands Restaurant at East Orange Grove and First Street. A while back, Alejandro Benes, a partner in the Wood Ranch restaurants, told Media City Groove the target opening was June 2016 and it appears the new eatery is right on schedule. This will be... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Smart & Final Extra! 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank March 30, 2016

New Smart & Final store opens in Burbank

The new Smart & Final Extra! is open for business in Burbank. Smart & Final kicked off a soft opening on March 23 at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue. The warehouse, grocery, and discount chain is hoping it has the winning formula to make the location profitable. A couple of different supermarkets have occupied the space just in the past couple of years. Back in December of 2014, it was an Albertson’s  market– but then the parent company sold it and more than a hundred others to Haggen,... Read More →

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In the News: March 21, 2016

Disney’s animation “Zootopia” beat back the competition to stay number one at the box office for the third straight week. Over the weekend, “Zootopia” pulled in an estimated $38 million at the domestic box office — kicking its total  to over $200  million. Worldwide, “Zootopia” is more than half way to the $1 billion dollar mark. ABC News, Box Office Mojo Apple is whipping up a lot of chatter on the Internet with the unveiling today of its new smart phone, a... Read More →

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7-Eleven bring your own cup deal starts today

A good day to drop by a 7-Eleven and get your Slurpee on! The convenience store ‘s popular Slurpee drink is turning 50 this year. As part of the celebration, 7-Eleven stores are offering Slurpee fans the opportunity to bring in their own cups, today and tomorrow, from 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and fill them up with their favorite flavor for only $1.50. This is the second annual “Bring Your Own Cup Day” at 7-Eleven. “Last year’s BYOCup Day... Read More →

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In the News: March 16, 2016

Primary results from Super Tuesday 3, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton scored big last night and remain the front-runners heading for a showdown in the November Presidential Election. CNN Politics President Obama called the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate’s bluff and nominated a candidate for the U.S. Supreme Court today. Obama selected Judge Merrick Garland, of the Washington D.C. Federal Appeals Court and a former prosecutor in the Unabomber, Oklahoma Cit and Atlanta Olympics bombings cases. CNN, NPR, The White... Read More →

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Consumer Alert: IRS warns of new tax scam

The IRS is sending out a warning about a new tax scam.  The Internal Revenue Service says, in a news release, it has received reports of “scammers calling under the guise of verifying tax return information over the phone.” The scammer try to get the taxpayer to give up personal information like social security and credit card numbers. The swindle has popped up in the past few weeks. It’s a new twist on an old phone fraud. “These schemes continue to adapt and evolve... Read More →

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Winning SuperLotto Plus ticket sold in Glendale

A California lottery winner scored big in nearby Glendale. Someone bought a really lucky SuperLotto Plus ticket for last Wednesday’s draw at Mission Wine and Spirits 825 West Glenoaks Boulevard . It is not a jackpot winner, but it has all of the correct numbers except the Mega. That means it’s worth $33, 317. Those hot numbers are 2, 17, 24, 31, 41 and the Mega 15. They are pretty excited about selling the winning ticket at Mission Wine and Spirits. Apparently this is a lucky... Read More →

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Photo of Hakob Torosyan courtesy Glendale Police

Suspect who allegedly targeted Burbank arrested

A serial burglary suspect who allegedly struck several times in Magnolia Park and Burbank Village sections of the Media City is behind bars tonight. Burbank Police announced late today the arrest of 28 year-old Hakob Torosyan of Glendale. Torosyan is being held without bail and is due to appear in a Burbank court Tuesday, March 15, on 14 counts of commercial burglary, according to a Burbank Police news release. Burbank and Glendale Police started working together on the investigation when they realized a thief with a “similar modus operandi” was committing crimes... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Shops and businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Blvd. and North Lima Street Burbank March 5, 2016

Break-ins and burglaries hit businesses in Magnolia Park

Another series of break-ins, attempted break-ins, and burglaries has some merchants in Burbank concerned as they beef up security. Last month, similar crimes occurred at several Downtown Burbank eateries. Last Thursday, the Oasis Nail & Spa 3317 West Magnolia Boulevard was burglarized. It’s one of at least three businesses near the intersection of West Magnolia Boulevard and North Lima Street that has had some kind of intrusion crime occur in the past few months. On March 3, Burbank Police responded to a business alarm at Oasis at around... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Boba Loca 148 North San Fernando Blvd. Burbank February 21, 2016

A rash of break-ins at eateries in Downtown Burbank

There has been a rash of break-ins at eateries in Downtown Burbank over the past two weeks. Boba Loca, 148 North San Fernando Boulevard, was burglarized on Friday, February 12. Burbank Police spokesman Sergeant, Claudio Losacco, says “…  when the first employee arrived, the front door to the business was found to have been pried open.  The cash register and safe had been forced open and cash taken.” Boba Loca is a snack shop featuring, teas, coffee, juices, drinks, sandwiches, salads, and pastries. The following week on Saturday,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Now closed Marinello beauty school 200 North San Fernando Blvd. Burbank February 5, 2016

Meetings today at closed Marinello beauty school in Burbank

Thousands of students were left hanging when Marinello Schools of Beauty abruptly shut down last week. The Burbank location at 200 North San Fernando Boulevard closed its doors on Thursday, February 4. Marinello, which celebrated its 110th year anniversary in 2015, defended its decision in an open letter to the students posted on its website: “We want you to know that we did everything in our power to avoid this unfortunate conclusion and keep your school open. Unfortunately, the Department of Education’s unprecedented and unfounded actions... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G-- The line at Burbank Porto's Bakery and Cafe before 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 9, 2014

Shout out to Porto’s in Burbank

Shout out to Burbank’s Porto’s for topping one of the most prestigious lists around. The wonderfully tasty desserts and other food items on the menu got Porto’s ranked number one on Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat in the US for 2016. These “businesses that rank so highly in the Yelp community’s opinion that they have earned the status of must try within this lifetime, ” according to the Yelp blog. A well deserved honor for our Porto’s — only negative — with this new-found fame theRead More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Former location of Fresh & Easy market 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank January 4, 2016

Campaign underway for a new Trader Joe’s in Burbank

A campaign is underway to open a new Trader Joe’s market in Burbank. It has gained traction in the neighborhood around the failed Fresh & Easy market at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue. For several weeks, there has been a call to action, for a new Trader Joe’s, posted on the front of that building. The notice is shown below. No doubt there are many fans of Trader Joe’s specialty items, extensive selection of prepared salads, assortment of frozen foods along with fresh veggies, fruits, and flowers. Another plus... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- "Ladies & Gents Night Out" in Burbank's Magnolia Park January 29, 2016

“Ladies & Gents Night Out” returns to Magnolia Park

A rather subdued “Ladies & Gents Night Out” returned to Magnolia Park in Burbank last Friday night after taking a break around the holidays. Several of the retailers who normally participate did not open their doors for the event, which runs from 6-9 p.m. Pinup Girl Boutique passed this time, but had a sign in the storefront saying it would return in February.  Also, it was hard not to notice the smaller crowds, fewer food trucks, and only a handful of musicians and vendors on the sidewalks. The weather, unseasonably... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Crowds packed the sidewalks on "Ladies & Gents Night Out" on Magnolia Boulevard in Burbank July 31, 2015

New rules for Burbank’s “Ladies & Gents Night Out”

The popular “Ladies & Gents Night Out” event in Burbank’s Magnolia Park is returning this month, but with some major changes. Earlier this week, the Magnolia Park Merchants Association sent out an email to shop owners and businesses in the affected area, announcing new rules, which are the result of a series of meetings between members of the association and Burbank officials.  Here are the two main changes as explained in the association’s email. “No more than 2 trucks may be placed per block.  Due to... Read More →

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Burbank’s Magnolia Park presents Holiday in the Park

A holiday tradition in Burbank’s Magnolia Park this evening. More than 70 businesses, organizations, and stores have joined forces for the celebration along a stretch of Magnolia Boulevard and Hollywood Way. Visitors are invited to come out to shop, eat, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Oh, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be there, too! Also, they will be accepting donations of toys and food for the Burbank Temporary Aid Center at various sites. The main event kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m. See the... Read More →

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