Square Dedication for Iconic South LA Business

On Thursday Nov. 21, Councilman Curren Price held a special ceremony dedicating the intersection of Central Avenue and 25th Street as “Bowers Retail Square" in honor of the Bowers Family. Their family business has been a fixture in South Los Angeles for over 50 years, spanning over three generations. 

With a history that began with a Greyhound bus ticket and a dream, the patriarch Horace Bowers, now 91, set forth on a cross country journey from New York to Los Angeles in the 1940's. He would settle in LA, eventually purchasing a dry cleaning plant on Central Avenue in the 1960's. 

"Mr. Bowers serves as an example that when you follow your passion, work hard and live your life with integrity, you will leave a legacy," said Councilman Price. "The marker raised in his honor, will serve as inspiration for future generations to have the courage to stand tall and set out for what they want in life."

Being a savvy business man led Mr. Bowers and his wife of 69 years, Alice, to purchase all of the retail storefronts now known as Bowers Retail Complex. Creating roots has always been important to the Bowers family, as well as improving the community they love. 

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