Samuel Leask & Sons
Well it looks like we had an Entrepreneur in the Clan. A Google search in January 2009 found a Business Database message about a company called Gottschalks based in California. This company brought out a Department Store called Leasks in 1988. This business was located where Urban Outfitters and Regal Cinema 9 now stands. Leask’s closed its business after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake damaged the store beyond repair. They also had locations in the Capitola Mall and Rancho Del Mar Shopping Center. Gottschalks themselves went bust in 2009.
Here’s a photo sent in by John Leask Photo credit: Covello & Covello
A local newspaper had the following article about the takeover-
Gottschalk’s signs accord to buy Samuel Leask & Sons. (department stores)
Gottschalk’s Signs Accord To Buy Samuel Leask & Sons FRESNO, Calif. — Gottschalk’s, Inc., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Samuel Leask & Sons, a 94-year-old, family-owned department store chain based in Santa Cruz, Calif. Terms were not disclosed. Under the agreement, Gottschalk’s will acquire an 80,000-square-foot Leask department store in Santa Cruz, Calif., and two additional stores, with a total of 20,000 square feet of space, in Aptos and Scotts Valley, Calif. Together, the three Leask stores recorded sales of $10 million in 1987.