RETAIL / LEISURE : County's Favorite Sport--Shopping--Will Raise Money for 115 Charities

Compiled by Chris Woodyard, Times staff writer

Five bucks just to wander around a department store?

No, one of life's free pleasures--browsing--is not about to die. The $5 charge is just for one day, at one store, and the proceeds will benefit 115 local charities.

The May 30 event is to mark the opening of a new Robinson's department store at Brea Mall, the finishing touch for the mall's $50-million expansion and renovation that began three years ago.

Shoppers who buy a ticket will hear live entertainment, sample a catered buffet, vie for door prizes and receive a 20% discount on cosmetics, perfumes and pre-owned jewelry.

"The charities have been working for months to sell tickets," said Leslie Husa, an event spokeswoman.

With advance sales and shoppers who pay at the door, she said, the event could raise up to $100,000.

The two-level, 141,000-square-foot store has entrances of white and gray Italian marble, trimmed in polished black granite. It will be the fifth department store at Brea Mall, which is second only to Costa Mesa's South Coast Plaza in county mall sales.

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