“We’re going to be real sorry to see him go,” he said. “He’s a real anchor in the Uptown. We hope whatever business comes in and replaces him will be an added benefit.” Whittier Paint has a long history in the city, dating back to 1907, when it apparently was founded by a man named Houser, according to an article by Sherril Neece, Langan’s father-in-law. The paint store originally was located where the Marsden’s Shoe Store on Greenleaf in Uptown is now. Houser eventually sold the store to Ellis Emory, the father-in-law of Bob Downey. Downey and Neece went into business together, opening up West Whittier Paint in 1945. A year later, they purchased Whittier Paint from Emory. In 1950, the two decided to split up. Neece kept Whittier Paint and Downey took over West Whittier Paint. In 1960, Neece moved the business to its current location. Seven years later, Langan entered the picture when he was hired as a stockboy. In 1970, Langan and Neece’s daughter, Susan, married. Today, he and his daughter-in-law, Candice Langan, operate Whittier Paint, where Langan typically puts in 10- to 12-hour days, six days a week. As he nears a June 30 closing date for his store, Langan said one chapter of his life is ending, but a new one is beginning. He and his son, Matt, this year started up a racing business, racing off-road trucks in the desert. “He’s 23 years old, a designer and has all of these great ideas about how he can make better parts and trucks out there,” Langan said of his son. “The whole idea of he and I working together is really intriguing to me,” he added. “Most sons don’t want their old man around. He and I have a great relationship.” But there also are his seven grandchildren, who he wants to see more of, Langan said. Langan said he considered turning the store over to a family member but none wanted it, and he couldn’t find a buyer to sell it to who he could trust to not ruin the business. So instead, he is looking for someone to lease the space. “I’ve come here six days a week for 40 years,” said Langan. “It’s going to be culture shock. It’s going to be a real different experience. “The best part is dealing with the customers,” he added. “I liked the idea of helping people make their houses, rooms and atmosphere better. I’ve developed some great friends over the years.” [email protected] (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Over the years, because of tax type of things, it became my inheritance. I gradually took it over,” he said. Now, however, Langan, 58, is closing Whittier Paint, which was originally founded in 1907. Although it lasted for 99 years and through four different ownerships, the store was simply no longer able to compete against the big-chain, home-improvement retailers, Langan said. “I’m just simply tired of trying to compete with big boxes,” he said. “Price-wise, I’ve been able to do it. But the profit margin is less now than it was 10 years ago.” Larry Trujillo, executive director of the Uptown Whittier Association, said Langan will be missed. WHITTIER – Jeff Langan started as a stockboy at Whittier Paint, Wallpaper and Art Co. in 1967, little knowing then that one day he would own the store. After moving away to attend Arizona State University in the 1970s, he got a job at a paint store there and “found I had developed a talent for colors,” he said. After returning to Whittier, Langan wanted to become a teacher but thought the pay was too low, so he went back to work at the paint store at 6531 Greenleaf Ave. in Uptown that his father-in-law purchased in 1950. Eventually, he bought the place.
International law firm Reed Smith introduced a workplace individual savings account (Isa) in 2012, launching the scheme alongside its auto-enrolment roll-out as a way of boosting staff engagement with the new pension scheme.Claire Gibbens, HR manager, says: “We had just signed up with a new provider, Hargreaves Lansdown, and [it] implemented both schemes. The Isa really came into play when we launched our flexible benefits scheme in April 2013, which was on the back of a major communications strategy, with a benefits fair attended by individual vendors proving to be a key move in driving take-up.”Since the launch, there have been four enrolment periods at Reed Smith, and among the firm’s 550 eligible members of staff, take-up currently stands at around 13%.“We are really pleased with the results and the feedback, and put it down to our efforts to provide financial education to our staff, particularly to new joiners and trainees, so they understand the real value of what is available,” says Gibbens.She adds that education will also be key to the success of the Lisa when it is launched. “It is a flexible way of saving for a different group of people, but as with any area of financial wellbeing, education will be the key to a high take-up within the workplace.”