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News - August 13, 2008

Shop Talk: New EPA shops are big local draw

by Daryl Savage

EAST PALO ALTO SHOPPING GOING GANGBUSTERS ... While much of the rest of the country is going through an economic downturn, East Palo Alto's shopping district, Ravenswood 101 Retail Center, is about to go full throttle. It now looks like two retailers, Nordstrom Rack and Sports Authority, will occupy the 90,000-square-foot building, which has been vacant for more than three years when EXPO Design Center closed. Nordstrom Rack is the department store's off-price division, which first opened in the basement of Nordstrom's downtown Seattle store in 1975 as a clearance department. Sports Authority's move into East Palo Alto will mark its 68th store in California. It is also about five miles away from its Mountain View store in the San Antonio Shopping Center. Also poised to start business in Ravenswood 101 is the Firehouse Grill. Already open three years in downtown Sunnyvale, the Firehouse Grill in East Palo Alto is expected to open in October, according to Richard Tanner, construction manager for the restaurant. The 4,000-square-foot eatery will seat 120 people in the plasma-TV-studded interior. "We'll have 16 flat-panel televisions on the walls, both 50-inch and 62-inch," Tanner said. He also noted the parking availability. "It's one of the few restaurants around here that you can go to on a Friday or Saturday night and park in front of it. We've got a hundred spaces in this lot." Firehouse Grill is located next to Jamba Juice, which opened in mid-May.

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Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out, or in, down the block or across town? Daryl Savage will check it out. She can be e-mailed at shoptalk@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by CARSON, a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 13, 2008 at 11:22 am

We know all about Palo Alto, the wine. It's a little pricey but excellent taste.


Posted by WilliamR, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Aug 13, 2008 at 9:18 pm

Maybe the first time the words "East Palo Alto" and "gang" have been used together in a positive headline......


Posted by GMC, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Has anyone been to firehouse in sunnyvale? Any good?


Posted by MM, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 14, 2008 at 8:38 pm

I've been to
Firehouse in Sunnyvale. Great Beer. They brew their own.


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