Business Interruption Fund spotlight: Footland Sports

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Footland Sports is located along the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector.  It was established by Shawn Zadeh in 1993 within Japanese Village Plaza. Footland Sports generates revenue from the sale of casual sportswear, including shoes, shirts, hats and sunglasses. The store offers a wide selection of name brand products from Nike, Lacoste, New Balance, Vans, Converse and Puma.

The retail store has hundreds of different shoes on display all around the store. Merchandise is also displayed on tables inside and outside the store as a way to draw in more customers. Mr. Zadeh recognizes that the casual footwear market is very competitive and regularly marks down his products to attract local business as well as business from tourists, which has helped his business thrive in the past.

Mr. Zadeh states that while construction was active on 2nd Street, his store experienced a sharp decline in foot traffic. “I can slowly see business coming back to normal since construction ended in the area.  I don’t know if we would have survived without the BIF.”

Footland Sports is located at 102 Japanese Village Plaza, Los Angeles, CA  90012. Normal business hours are Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  For more information, please call (213) 626-0181.

Metro’s Business Interruption Fund (BIF) provides financial assistance to small “mom and pop” businesses directly impacted by transit rail construction along the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, the Little Tokyo area of the Regional Connector, and Purple Line Extension, Section 1 and Section 2. For more information about the BIF, visit  To apply for a BIF grant, visit Pacific Coast Regional Small Business Development Corporation (PCR) at

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