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Shop Talk: More mall, restaurants flock downtown

NEW BLOOMIES, MORE MALL SHOPS ... Stanford Shopping Center is expanding in a big way. But the total 1.3 million-square-footage of the center will not increase because the expansion will be done vertically, not horizontally. The most visible project is the demolition of the aging structure that currently houses Bloomingdale's. Plans call for Bloomingdale's to move into a slightly smaller, but taller, building, which is currently under construction in a portion of the parking lot facing El Camino Real. The store is planning to close for two days while it relocates into the new structure, retail sources said. The new Bloomingdale's expects to open Oct. 10. An additional 20 to 30 new shops and five new restaurants will go into the former Bloomingdale's site. That will bring the total number of shops in the mall to more than 160 stores. Also included in the renovation are increased pedestrian areas and gathering places. "This project will not only transform the Center's look and feel, but it will make Stanford Shopping Center an even greater part of the community...," Mall Manager Joshua Kalkhorst said. Meanwhile, the Nike Store will reopen in October. It closed for business on July 27 for renovation, said a source familiar with the construction. And there's a bit of a bee problem at the entrance to Macy's Men's store. A black and white sign in front of some thick shrubs next to the front doors warns shoppers, "Caution Bee Activity."

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