LA MART AIDS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE AND MUDSLIDE VICTIMS

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LA MART AIDS SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  

FIRE AND MUDSLIDE VICTIMS

 

This winter, thousands of LA Mart customers have been dealt a severe blow by the recent outbreak of raging fires and crippling mudslides. Because of these, many stores were forced to be temporarily out of business for up to two weeks during the ever-important shopping month of December and have been further crippled by the recent mudslides. In the wake of these horrific events besieging Southern California's Santa Barbara county, LA Mart is giving direct donations to victims of this recent catastrophe.   

 

Millions of dollars in holiday commerce were lost in these natural disaster areas due to store closings, the absence of tourist dollars, and because many of their regular holiday shoppers had lost everything in these natural disasters.  With Winter Market happening in just over a week, LA Mart wants to do what it can by reaching out to the retail, gift, home, and lifestyle stores in the burn and mudslide areas to offer them financial assistance.   

 

"These are our hometown retail stores," states Frank Joens, Sr. Vice President, General Manager, LA Mart.  "These long-time customers are, in many cases, the retail lifeblood of their communities and certainly an integral part of our local commerce.  LA Mart and all of its wholesale showrooms want our local retailers to understand that, as they have supported LA Mart for so many years, the LA Mart in turn wants to support them.”  

 

“Rather than hosting a fundraising drive, we decided to simply give direct donations to any retail store and LA Mart customer located in the affected area.  Any who come to the January Winter Market, and show proof of their store's location, will be the recipient of a $300 LA Mart check.  LA Mart is pleased to be able endorse these direct donations, as giving back to our customers is really what it is all about." 

 

To start, LA Mart has earmarked some $20,000 for this special program to give away to retailers affected by this natural disaster. 

"We are celebrating our 60th anniversary here at the LA Mart and many of these affected retail stores have been an integral part of that success and longevity," continues Joens.  "We want to support and demonstrate to our faithful customers our grateful appreciation and show that we really do care about them and their businesses." 

  

For more information on this program, please contact info@lamart.com 

Meet Cathy Donovan Wagner

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With over 30 years of experience in retail as both an owner and a consultant, Cathy has the unique position of having worked on both sides of the counter. She began with one store and experienced fabulous success – in spite of not having any retail experience at all.  It wasn’t long after that her store faltered and struggled...almost going bankrupt twice.  She has seen firsthand the tremendous benefits that the strategic planning and inventory management processes bring to a business. It is what helped her to grow to 3 stores grossing in excess of 2.5 million dollars.  She sold her stores in order to be able to help other retailers implement these processes, uncover hidden opportunities and create business growth.  

Visit her website at https://retailmavens.com/

Need a Lift?

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take the train to the la mart

2017 fall gift + home market

Buyers and Designers, book your ticket to Fall Market on Amtrak or Metrolink and receive up to a total of $50 for your train and taxi expenses!

 

TRAIN PROGRAM GUIDELINES

•Tickets must be booked on Amtrak (*book by phone using discount code below) or Metrolink to qualify for reimbursement.

•Travel can occur to/from any Metrolink or Amtrak location in California. 

•Up to a $50 reimbursement (train and taxi combined) per guest; limit two guests per company.

•Only credentialed Buyers and Designers are eligible to participate.

•Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

ONSITE REIMBURSEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Present your Amtrak or Metrolink ticket, taxi receipt and business card at Registration upon arrival at LA Mart during the Spring Market for immediate cash reimbursement.

AMTRAK DISCOUNT

To enjoy 10% off the best available Amtrak rail fare to Market, call Amtrak at 800.872.7245 and book your reservation.

•Mention discount code - X86F-976

•Travel must fall between Sept 24-26 to qualify for above discount.

TAXI | UBER | LYFT PROGRAM

GUIDELINES

•Taxi, Uber or Lyft must be taken directly to LA Mart from Union Station.

•Only credentialed Buyers and Designers are eligible to participate.

•Space is limited; first-come, first-served.

ONSITE REIMBURSEMENT INSTRUCTIONS

Present your train ticket and/or taxi , Uber or Lyft receipt at Registration upon arrival at LA Mart for immediate cash reimbursement. You will be asked to screenshot and email the receipt photo to rdiaz@the-reef.com