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BRIEFCASE DISNEY LAB CLOSING MAY DISPLACE 350.

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BURBANK - Walt Disney Co. plans to scale back its visual-effects business, a move that could result in about 350 layoffs.

The studio will close Secret Lab, the facility that provided computer animation and effects for Disney live-action projects such as ``Dinosaur,'' ``Mission to Mars'' and ``Inspector Gadget.''

The facility was formed in 1999 when Disney folded Dream Quest Images into its feature animation group.

Disney's move leaves Sony Pictures as the only studio with its own effects division. In recent years, major studios including Warner Bros. and Fox have closed or severed ties with their in-house visual effects facilities.

The employees facing layoff are among the 1,700 who work for Walt Disney Feature Animation.

Pepsi to supply all Mann theaters

ENCINO - Mann Theatres announced a multiyear agreement Wednesday with Pepsi-Cola Co., making Pepsi its exclusive supplier of beverages.

Effective Nov. 1, the pact covers all 30 Mann Theatre sites, located primarily in Southern California and Colorado.

Mann's properties include the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood and the Village, National and Bruin theaters in Westwood Village.

New Food 4 Less to open Nov. 14

Food 4 Less, the Compton-based supermarket company, will open its latest warehouse-format store on Nov. 14 in the Westlake district of downtown Los Angeles, it was announced Wednesday.

The 57,500-square-foot Food 4 Less at 1700 W. Sixth St. will be one of the anchors of the new Wilshire-Union Center, billed as the Westlake district's first major retail development in more than 40 years.

The store will be open daily from 6 a.m. to midnight.

``We are very pleased to cast a vote of confidence in Los Angeles' Westlake district with this major investment in the community,'' said Food 4 Less President Dave Hirz. ``Our new store is bringing sorely needed shopping convenience, services and jobs to a neighborhood that has been under-served.''

In addition to Food 4 Less, the shopping center will feature a Home Depot and a Rite Aid drug store.
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