Fifth Street Store

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Illustration from 1905 article in the Los Angeles Herald announcing the opening of the "Fifth Street Store"

The Fifth Street Store was a major department store in Los Angeles opened in 1905. Its original official name was Steele, Faris, & Walker Co., and from 1909 Muse, Faris, Walker Co., but during this period it promoted itself simply as the "Fifth Street Store"[1][2] and later Walker's, and finally Milliron's. It was located at the southwest corner of Fifth and Broadway.

The company replaced the building with a new eight-story store completed in 1924. From 1925 the store began to advertise as Walkers — co-founder Ralf (R. M.) Walker would later found what would be San Diego's largest department store chain, Walker Scott. In 1946 it changed its name to Milliron's. The Broadway Department Store purchased the store in 1950 and closed it in 1956, when Ohrbach's opened a branch there. Ohrbach's sold the building in 1959.[3]The building still exists and consists of loft condominium (Shybary Grand Lofts, 312 W. Fifth St.) with retail on the ground floor.[4]

Walker's Long Beach[edit]

Former Walker's Downtown Long Beach store

Walkers/Walker's opened their first branch store in Downtown Long Beach at 4th and Pine - Pine being the main shopping artery - in 1933. Meyer and Holler designed the 1928 art deco building.[5] In 1952, they spent $300,000 to expand to 132,000 sq. ft., adding 5 escalators, more than the total number of escalators in Long Beach at the time. Walker's Long Beach opened a second Long Beach store at Los Altos Center in 1954 which it sold to The Broadway shortly thereafter in 1956.[6][7] Walker's sold its Downtown Long Beach store in 1960, but it continued to operate as Walker's until 1978.

Walker-Scott San Diego[edit]

Walker's opened a branch store in Downtown San Diego in 1935, which separated in the early 1950s and became Walker Scott.[8][9][10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22]

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  1. ^ "Muse President Fifth Street Store", Los Angeles 'Herald', 1909-02-07
  2. ^ "Big Department Store To Open", Los Angeles 'Herald', 1905-09-17
  3. ^ "Ohrbach's Downtown Store Building Sold", The Los Angeles 'Times', 29 Apr 1959, Page 28
  4. ^ [ Niemeyer, 1950's American Style: A Reference Guide, p.38]
  5. ^ "Walker's Long Beach", Pacific Coast Architecture Database (PCAD)
  6. ^ "Walker's Celebrates 19 Years of Progress". Long Beach Independent Press-Telegram. October 5, 1952. p. 9. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Broadway-Walker-Whaley Deal Takes Effect Monday". Independent Press-Telegram (Long Beach, California). 30 Sep 1956. p. 65.
  8. ^ "Walker's Store To Slice Cake Today". Los Angeles Times. October 7, 1926. p. A10. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  9. ^ "Silver Jubilee On At Walker's: Fifth-Street Store Observes Twenty-Fifth Anniversary". Los Angeles Times. October 5, 1930. p. A3. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  10. ^ "R. M. Walker Funeral Set: Company's Stores To Close Tuesday When Rites Will Be Conducted". Los Angeles Times. August 30, 1935. p. 12. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  11. ^ "Walker's Store Sold: Owners of Building Pay $1,400,000 for Mercantile House". Los Angeles Times. September 1, 1937. p. A1. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  12. ^ "Fifth St. Store Shares Offered". Los Angeles Times. October 18, 1944. p. 10. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  13. ^ "Walker's Start Building East Long Beach Store". Los Angeles Times. July 25, 1954. p. A6. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  14. ^ "$4,000,000 Store Opens, In Long Beach Center". Los Angeles Times. October 23, 1955. p. E26. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  15. ^ "H. F. Conrad Buys Long Beach Store". Los Angeles Times. June 2, 1953. p. 28. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  16. ^ "Succumbs: R. M. Walker Dies In East; Merchant Identified With Growth of Los Angeles for Thirty-five Years; R. M. Walker Dies In East; Store Owner, Clubman and Philanthropist Stricken on Buying Trip". Los Angeles Times. August 29, 1935. p. 1. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  17. ^ "Handsome Department Store.: New Steele-Faris-Walker Emporium Of Dry Goods Opened--Inspected by a Large Crowd". Los Angeles Times. October 3, 1905. p. II6. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  18. ^ "New Head And Expansion.: Former Chicago Business Man Becomes President Of Fifth-Street Store". Los Angeles Times. February 7, 1909. p. II8. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  19. ^ "Fifth Street Store To Start Building.: Big Broadway Project Will Represent Investment of Over Million and a Half Dollars. Fine Structure to Rise at Fifth and Broadway". Los Angeles Times. August 14, 1921. p. V1. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  20. ^ "Walker's Store in Change of Management". Los Angeles Times. April 13, 1957. p. 13. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  21. ^ "Butler Bros. Unit Acquires L.B. Store". Los Angeles Times. May 8, 1960. p. G6. Alternate Link via ProQuest.
  22. ^ "City Products Buys Big Store In California". Chicago Daily Tribune. May 7, 1960. p. A5. Alternate Link via ProQuest.