Vegas Seafood Buffet will fill the former Jerry's Deli space at Del Amo Fashion Center, while the Bed Bath & Beyond-owned Buy Buy Baby opened recently in the closed Torrance Borders books location.
Vegas Seafood Buffet is a relatively new casual family restaurant chain founded in Glendale in December 2011, according to the company's Facebook page. The company opened a second location in Hollywood last summer.
Its Torrance location will open in June, reads a sign posted at the former Jerry's Deli site in the lifestyle wing of Del Amo Fashion Center.
Jerry's Deli Torrance store was the company's 11th location, but lasted only a little over a year before closing abruptly in mid-November 2010 because of poor sales.
The Orange County-based company that owns the zany Farrell's Ice Cream Parlor chain was looking at the location as a potential restaurant site in January 2011 but never followed through.
Vegas Seafood Buffet offers 150 dishes including Brazilian barbecue, sushi and other Asian cuisine for $12.95 at lunch and $19.95 at dinner.
Company officials didn't respond Friday to a request for comment.
But Alaska snow crabs are a big draw judging by comments left on Yelp.
"Endless delicious crab legs and crawfish," wrote reviewer Crystal B. of Hawthorne. "Heaven! The teppanyaki grill was as delicious as well. Definitely a keeper."
Meanwhile, Buy Buy Baby opened with little fanfare Dec.
"We are excited to have opened our eighth store in California," said Glen Cary, the company's director of stores.
It is the company's first in the South Bay, however; the nearest store to the Torrance location is in Santa Clarita.
With a store layout very similar to parent company Bed Bath & Beyond, Buy Buy Baby sells an assortment of products for parents of infants and toddlers.
Founded in 1996 and acquired by Bed Bath & Beyond in 2007, the chain operates more than 80 stores ranging in size from 20,000 to 60,000 square feet. The Torrance location is 36,000 square feet.
It has sat empty since Borders went into liquidation and closed its nearly 400 stores nationwide by the end of 2011.
A Buy Buy Baby spokeswoman said Friday she was unable to address why the company chose Torrance for its newest location. But the New Jersey-based company is well-acquainted with the area.
Bed Bath & Beyond has a location on Pacific Coast Highway in Torrance, while Hawthorne Boulevard boasts a Cost Plus World Market, another chain owned by the company.
The company operates a total of 1,466 stores under a variety of brand names.
Bed Bath & Beyond saw net earnings increase by 8.4 percent in the third quarter compared to the same period the previous year.
The company's share price closed at $56.90 Friday, up 0.49 percent.
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