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Bloomingdale's Eyes Beverly Hills: Bloomingdale's is "leaning toward" building its West Coast flagship store on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills, but it hasn't ruled out a site in or near the Century City Market Place mall in Los Angeles, the retailer's chairman, Michael Gould, said in an interview. It plans to open the store in March, 1997. At stake are up to 1,000 jobs and $1 million-plus in sales tax revenue, not to mention the cachet of having what the ritzy New York retailer says will be its grandest store outside Manhattan. It will be the first of three Bloomingdale's planned for Los Angeles and Orange counties.

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