In this week's ShopTalk column, closures dominate. More downtown Palo Alto restaurants bite the dust, as well as 25-year-old California Avenue tenant Avenue Florist and OfficeMax in Mountain View.
MV OFFICEMAX CLOSING, ROSS TO MOVE IN ... In anticipation of its July 26th scheduled closing, OfficeMax in Mountain View's Rengstorff Center is liquidating its entire inventory. Several large signs advertising "Up to 50% off," went up last month to announce the office supply store's closure. Mountain View's OfficeMax is one of approximately 400 stores to close nationwide. The shutdowns are the result of last year's merger of Office Depot with OfficeMax. In Mountain View, the vacancy caused by the closing of OfficeMax in Rengstorff Center, at the intersection of Leghorn Street and adjacent to the onramps to U.S. Highway 101, will be short-lived. Ross Stores is planning to fill the 24,000-square-foot-spot, said an industry source. Ross will be re-locating from its current spot in San Antonio Center. Ross' move is somewhat surprising since its current lease does not expire until 2016, but because of the construction nearby, making parking lot access a little more complicated, Ross was more than happy to get out of its lease earlier, the source said.
LONGTIME FLORIST GONE ... Avenue Florist, 347 S. California Ave., is the latest victim of the modernization of the aging building it has inhabited for 25 years. The shop's last day in business was June 30. A sign on the front door of the vacated store advises customers that it has lost its lease and explains that another florist, "Twig and Petals in Menlo Park will continue serving your needs." Avenue Florist's next door neighbor, Bargain Box, a thrift store that raised money for the nonprofit Children's Health Council, is also gone for good.
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