As of 2008 American Apparel employs over 10,000 people and operates over 200 retail locations in 18 countries. Good for them. But yes, it is a big chain store … in fact, it is an international chain store (my apologies, I had been referring to it as a “national chain,” my mistake).
I wish to yet again state, this is not about being anti-American Apparel. It is about trying to keep large corporate shops off of Valencia Street. We believe Valencia offers a unique atmosphere thanks to its many small and locally owned stores, an atmosphere that we would like to preserve. We live here and we care about our community. That is why we protest the attempt of this large chain store to open at 988 Valencia Street.
Update: It should be also noted that Dov Charney, American Apparel’s President and CEO, was named one of Southern California’s top 100 most powerful people by the LA Times. So again, a small company this is not.