Ross Department Store Coming to Broadway

A Ross Dress for Less will open a 39,000-square-foot store on the ground floor of the vacant Woolworth Department Store building at 719-725 S. Broadway.

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Downtown Los Angeles is about to get a new department store. Interestingly, it will fill the long-vacant space of an old department store.

Fourteenth District City Councilman Jose Huizar this morning announced that Ross Dress for Less will open a 39,000-square-foot store on the ground floor of the vacant Woolworth Department Store building at 719-725 S. Broadway. It is slated to open by early 2013 and generate 50 full and part time jobs.

"We are looking forward to Broadway serving as home to an iconic Downtown Ross retail store," Huizar said in a statement. "It's fitting that the historic Woolworth's building, which was so beloved by Angelenos in years gone by, will now provide a new retail destination for modern day Downtown residents, workers and shoppers."

In November, Huizar revealed plans for a then-unnamed department store. The comment came during a public forum reviewing his nearly four-year-old Bringing Back Broadway initiative and the $125 million L.A. Streetcar project.

In the first half of the 20th century, Broadway housed several department stores, among them the Broadway, Bullocks and May Company. They all close and the city expanded.

Designed by Weeks & Day, the Woolworth's building opened in 1920. The Art Deco zigzag façade was constructed in 1941 when an adjoining building was incorporated into the original structure. The property was purchased last month by El Segundo-based real estate investment group Paragon Commercial Group.

Ross operates more than 1,000 stories in 27 states. The current closest store to Downtown is about two miles away at 420 S. Alvarado St.

Contact Richard Guzmán at richard@downtownnews.com.