Hartfield-Zodys

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Hartfield-Zodys
TypeSubsidiary
IndustryDepartment store, Retail
FoundedJune 13, 1960; 61 years ago (1960-06-13) in Garden Grove, California
DefunctMarch 1986; 35 years ago (1986-03)
FateBankruptcy
HeadquartersLos Angeles, California
Area served
Arizona, California, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico
ProductsClothing, foodwear, bedding, furniture, jewelry, beauty products, electronics and housewares.
ParentHartfield Stores/Hartfield-Zody's/HRT Industries

Hartfield-Zodys was an American retail corporation begun in 1960. It operated the Hartfield chain of women's ready-to-wear apparel in the Los Angeles area, and starting in 1960, the Zodys chain of discount retail stores (1960-1986), which operated locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Michigan.

Hartfield's[edit]

Hartfield’s Downtown Los Angeles location at 545 Broadway was a 1931 Art Deco building originally home to the F. W. Grand Silver Store

Hartfield was present on Broadway (Los Angeles), the main shopping district in the Los Angeles area, in the 1940s, at 545 Broadway, and a 1943 advertisement showed branches at 253 S. Market St. in Inglewood, 650 Pacific Boulevard in Huntington Park, and 705 S. Pacific in San Pedro (the latter opened 1941); busy downtown shopping districts of what were once separate towns that had become working and middle class suburbs of Los Angeles.[1] Branches opened across Greater Los Angeles over the following decades.

Zodys[edit]

Hartfield’s decided to enter the discount department store business with a new chain to be called Zodys, and opened its first one on June 13, 1960, in Garden Grove, in Central Orange County, California. From 1962 the parent company changed its name to Hartfield-Zodys. By 1969 there were 19 stores. In 1972, Hartfield-Zodys acquired the Yankee Stores chain of Flint, Michigan, briefly re-branding the stores as Yankee-Zodys, and later as Zodys.[2] In 1969 Zodys opened a 6.5-acre distribution center employing 300.[3] The Michigan stores were unprofitable, and were sold in 1974 when Hartfield-Zodys filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.[2] A brief period of prosperity brought expansions into Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico. In 1979 there were 37 stores.

Locations included:[4]

  1. Garden Grove, 9852 Chapman Ave. Opened 6/15/1960
  2. Redondo Beach, 1413 Hawthorne Blvd. Opened 11/3/1960
  3. Long Beach, 5933 Spring Street. Opened 8/13/1961
  4. Northridge, 10201 Reseda Blvd. Opened 10/27/1961
  5. Canoga Park, 8201 Topanga Canyon Road. Opened 9/27/1962
  6. West Covina, 615 N. Azusa Road. Opened 9/27/1962
  7. Burbank, 1000 N. San Fernando Road. Opened 12/6/1962
  8. Anaheim, 120 W.Orangethorpe, Opened 7/19/1967
  9. Huntington Beach, 6912 Edinger Ave. Opened 8/10/1967
  10. Buena Park, 121 N. Beach Blvd. Opened 11/19/1967
  11. Santa Ana, 1900 N.Grand Ave. Opened 10/20/1968
  12. Norwalk, 10901 E. Imperial Hwy. Opened 10/27/1968
  13. Fountain Valley, 16111 Harbor Blvd. Opened 11/13/1968
  14. Long Beach, 2185 South Street. Opened 9/29/1968
  15. Pomona, 1444 E. Holt Drive. Opened 6/8/1969
  16. Inglewood, 3200 W. Century Blvd. Opened 8/17/1969
  17. North Hollywood, 12727 Sherman Way. Opened 10/19/1969
  18. Lynwood, 4050 Imperial Hwy. Opened October 1969
  19. Fullerton, 120 E. Imperial Hwy. Opened 11/30/1969
  20. El Monte, 4901 Santa Anita Drive. Opened 5/10/1970
  21. Torrance, 851 W. Sepulveda. Opened 6/21/1970
  22. Ladera Heights, 4925 W. Slauson. Opened 8/ /1970
  23. Bakersfield, 4001 Ming Street. Opened 9/9/1970
  24. Riverside, 3700 N. Tyler Street. Opened 10/ /1970
  25. Downtown Los Angeles, 437 S. Broadway. Opened 3/21/1971
  26. Hollywood, 5420 W. Sunset Blvd. Opened 10/20/1971
  27. San Bernardino, 555 W. 2nd Street. Opened / /1972
  28. Alhambra, 600 E. Valley Blvd. Opened 9/9/1973
  29. Montebello, 2441 Via Campo. Opened 1974
  30. Fresno, 5422 Blackstone Opened 1974
  31. City Of Industry, 151 S. Hacienda Blvd. Opened 8/15/1977
  32. Pasadena, 900 North Lake. Opened 5/2/1978
  33. Indio, 82266 Hwy 111. Opened 9/30/1979
  34. Midtown, 4801 Venice Blvd. Opened 10/15/1980
  35. Boyle Heights, 2800 E. 1st Street. Opened 10/22/1980
  36. Vermont/Slauson, 5850 South Vermont, Los Angeles.Opened 11/20/81
  37. Oxnard, 830 Wagon Wheel Road
  38. Oceanside, 2505 Vista Way
  39. San Jose, 920 Blossom Hill
  40. Sunnyvale, 121 El Camino Real
  41. San Jose, 375 North Capital Avenue
  42. Las Vegas, 2120 South Decatur Blvd
  43. Upland, 1445 East Foothill Blvd, Opened 1982
  44. East Riverside, 3900 Chicago Ave. Opened 1982

Epilogue[edit]

Bankrupt again by the early 1980s, the parent company, now known as HRT Industries, began closing stores in 1984. The remaining Zodys stores in California were shuttered in March 1986,[5][6][7] with many locations being sold to Federated Stores, the parent company of Ralphs supermarket chain,[8][9] while other locations were purchased by HomeClub, a home improvement store chain.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Newspaper advertisement for Hartfield Stores, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 10, 1943, p. 42
  2. ^ a b Flinn, Gary (2004-02-20). "Hamady Sacks and Yankee Hats". Flinn's Journal. Archived from the original on May 13, 2009. Retrieved 2007-10-03.
  3. ^ https://www.newspapers.com/clip/56881457/zodys-distribution-center/
  4. ^ https://www.groceteria.ca/board/viewtopic.php?t=139&start=45
  5. ^ Groves, Martha (February 5, 1986). "HRT Denies It Has Decided to Shut Zodys : Says Some Retailers Have Shown Interest in Buying Ailing Unit". Los Angeles Times.
  6. ^ Groves, Martha (February 10, 1986). "HRT Appears Likely to Shut Zodys Stores". Los Angeles Times.
  7. ^ "HRT Industries confirmed the closing of Zodys". Los Angeles Times. March 4, 1986.
  8. ^ Groves, Martha (February 26, 1986). "14 Zodys Stores Will Become Ralphs Markets". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ "Zody's Stores Converted for Ralphs Giants". Los Angeles Times. December 21, 1986.
  10. ^ "HomeClub Acquires Four Former Zody's Locations". Los Angeles Times. March 14, 1986.