Ohrbach's Department Store

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Post by runchadrun » 23 Jan 2007 10:56

Jeff wrote:Actually, Seibu is a division of Sogo.....think Bloomingdales and Macys.
They didn't merge until 2003, long after the Wilshire store opened and closed.

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Post by Dean » 10 Feb 2007 00:59

Groceteria wrote:
Edric Floyd wrote:Rowan and Martin's Laugh In was one of the TV shows that you would see the Ohrbach's name in the credits for providing fashions. I think Flip Wilson was another.
"Dark Shadows" was one I remember specifically, with Joan Bennett perpetually dressed to the nines. I'm glad you metioned they were also in New York, as it seemed a little odd for a soap that was shot there to get its fashions from an LA store.

I'm pretty sure they were rather upscale, and the ads actually make me more certain of that.
I'd have to check the credits...but I am pretty sure I LOVE LUCY also listed OHRBACH'S under their fashions.

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Post by retroguy76 » 10 Feb 2007 01:52

I remeber going to one ohrbach's store in woodbridge nj at the woodbridge center i think I went to one in new york also I just remeber the Oh! Oh!rbach's advertisment in 1987 the woodbridge stoe turned into steinbach's until their fate in 1995 and that store was demolished and rebuilt for lord and taylor

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Post by Jeff » 11 Feb 2007 18:09

Dean wrote:
Groceteria wrote:
Edric Floyd wrote:Rowan and Martin's Laugh In was one of the TV shows that you would see the Ohrbach's name in the credits for providing fashions. I think Flip Wilson was another.
"Dark Shadows" was one I remember specifically, with Joan Bennett perpetually dressed to the nines. I'm glad you metioned they were also in New York, as it seemed a little odd for a soap that was shot there to get its fashions from an LA store.

I'm pretty sure they were rather upscale, and the ads actually make me more certain of that.
I'd have to check the credits...but I am pretty sure I LOVE LUCY also listed OHRBACH'S under their fashions.
Yes they did. I remember seeing it on there,

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Post by Mr. Shopper » 25 Mar 2007 22:02

I love Lucy their clothes were from Orbach's. We had one at the Bergen Mall on Rt.4. It also had Stern's. JJ Newberry.

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Post by rjlawrencejr » 21 Jun 2007 15:03

OHRBACH'S was already on Wilshire before they moved into the former Seibu store location. Back in the 50s Wilshire had a number of large stores - including Coulter's, May Co, Ohrbach's, Silverwoods, and Desmond's.

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Post by rjlawrencejr » 21 Jun 2007 15:07

Jeff wrote:There were only 6 total stores in the market. They may have closed in 1987. But definitely not later. This was the weird time that East Coast department stores were moving into Southern California, Ohrbachs was the first, Bonwitt-Teller the second, opening only one store in So Cal, in Palm Desert.

That store didn't last too long and was closed and reopened as a Bullocks Wilshire. Then it closed, becoming a I. Magnin store. Then that closed and became a Bullocks Mens store. Then a Macys mens store and recently closed and will be demolished for a Nordstrom.
There was also a Bonwit Teller in Beverly Hills at the corner of Wilshire and Rodeo (it's now a St John store and Niketown). It closed in 1989/1990 when BT went under.

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Post by Groceteria » 04 Dec 2007 13:25

I've split the discussion of department store chains with widely-dispersed regions into a new post here:

http://www.groceteria.com/board/viewtopic.php?t=2127

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Re: Ohrbach's Department Store

Post by Jeff » 20 Nov 2008 23:16

With Mervyns closing, what will become of the former Cerritos Ohrbachs. I love that store a lot.

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Post by nycityny » 03 May 2009 22:30

rjlawrencejr wrote:OHRBACH'S was already on Wilshire before they moved into the former Seibu store location. Back in the 50s Wilshire had a number of large stores - including Coulter's, May Co, Ohrbach's, Silverwoods, and Desmond's.
Ohrbach's was originally in what is now Museum Square at Wilshire and Masselin (5750 Wilshire).

Harris & Frank and The Broadway were two other stores on that stretch of Wilshire between La Brea and Fairfax back in the day. A huge new apartment complex just completed at the site of the old Broadway, which had remained an empty lot for decades.

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Re: Ohrbach's Department Store

Post by Jeff » 25 Jan 2010 22:00

Ah, the old Cerritos store reopened today as a FOREVER XXI and it looks awful. Goodbye to the old brickwork outside and now it looks like an aluminum hull. I have to see it in person. They have some pictures of it in hte OC Register.

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Re: Ohrbach's Department Store

Post by submariner » 26 Jan 2010 02:31

Jeff wrote:Ah, the old Cerritos store reopened today as a FOREVER XXI and it looks awful. Goodbye to the old brickwork outside and now it looks like an aluminum hull. I have to see it in person. They have some pictures of it in hte OC Register.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/stor ... html?pic=1

fourth picture in the set. It does look horrible.
(edit: sorry, that's the "unfinished" pic)
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Re: Ohrbach's Department Store

Post by Dean » 26 Jan 2010 11:16

Oh, yes, is sad to see the old exterior go! Had been the same FOREVER. (pun intended!)

Sincerely, just thought of Ohrbach's over the weekend...as I saw the credits of I LOVE LUCY, and Ohrbach's was listed as providing wardrobe (as mentioned above).

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Re: Ohrbach's Department Store

Post by Jeff » 27 Jan 2010 18:47

We all knew it couldnt last forever, but at least it lasted 23 years after OHRBACHS closed.

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Re: Ohrbach's Department Store

Post by Dean » 27 Jan 2010 19:39

Jeff wrote:We all knew it couldnt last forever, but at least it lasted 23 years after OHRBACHS closed.
So true!

Now, at the other end was May Company, correct? Taller building with big 'ol hanging/swooping lights, correct?!

Does it still look the same?! Macy*s now?

I never stepped foot into that mall...yet, drove by it for years...primarily going down the 605 to the beach in the summer!

thanks!

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