Miracle Mile during the 1960s. Phelps-Terkel store is visible on the right between the Silverwoods and Mullen & Bluett stores

Phelps-Terkel was a Los Angeles based department store specializing in men's clothing. Its Miracle Mile, Los Angeles Modernist store at 5550 Wilshire Boulevard, corner of S. Burnside Avenue, was considered a landmark by the Los Angeles Conservancy's Modern Committee.[1]

The store was founded by Richard B. Terkel and David S. Phelps[2] in 1923.[3]

In 1965 the firm became part of the Phelps-Wilger chain, based in Westwood, Los Angeles; together the new chain had store in:[2]

  • Miracle Mile
  • Pasadena
  • Westwood (2)
  • Sherman Oaks
  • Newport Beach (Fashion Island) - store was to open in 1965

There was at one time also a store in Lakewood Center.[4]Tom Selleck was once a salesclerk at the Sherman Oaks store. In its final years, Phelps-Meager was renamed Phelps, and closed in 1992.[3]


  1. ^ "Mullen and Bluett", Los Angeles Conservancy
  2. ^ a b "Phelps-Terkel will become Phelps-Wilger". Pasadena Independent. 22 September 1965. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Phelps Offers Long Tradition of Fine Menswear (advertising supplements)". Los Angeles Times. 12 February 1987. Retrieved 1 May 2019.
  4. ^ Woodyard, Chris (11 June 1992). "Retail". Los Angeles Times.