Both of Bakersfield’s L.A. Weight Loss Centers appear to be closing amid nationwide reports that the Pennsylvania-based company is finished.
The east Bakersfield store at 2625 Mount Vernon Ave. is full of packed boxes. A handwritten sign says it is open three days a week. A manager was not available to comment.
Another handwritten sign on the door of the southwest store at 5113 Ming Ave. says it closed in July. No customer information was posted.
Options wilt as some nurseries close
Two perennial Bakersfield nurseries — businesses once hearty enough to pass from one generation to the next — may be going the way of last year’s petunias
Robby’s Nursery & Landscape Service, founded in 1962, and Cooper’s Gardens, another independent around since 1941, appear to have succumbed to economic and competitive maladies spreading among mom-and-pops industrywide.
Both nurseries’ owners pointed to the housing slump, tighter consumer spending and pressure from big-box retailers. They also blamed specific local factors: brutal weather, commercial property values that encourage selling out and shifting shopper habits.
Las Palmas Nursery on Coffee Road also closed recently. The owner could not be reached for comment
Another real estate "mogul" can't pay his bills on time:
Two residential tracts in Rosedale defaulted on more than $29.5 million worth of loans Friday, county records show. The abandoned construction sites are both on the north side of Meacham Road, near Heath Road.
One is the southern half of the Tallus Ranch development at the northeast intersection of Heath and Meacham Road. There, Modesto developer John Carter Williams defaulted on a $19.5 million loan from Colonial Bank N.A. made in June 2005. As of Thursday, the developer was behind on more than $10.5 million worth of payments, the default filing showed.
The second site is slightly west, at the northeast corner of Meacham and Wegis Avenue. The 116-acre property is bounded by Hageman Road on the north. There, Williams defaulted on a $10.3 million construction loan from Colonial Bank made in March 2006. More than $3.7 million was in arrears as of Thursday.
Both loans were made to Williams through his company, J.C. Williams Co.