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Eating Out - April 30, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

URBAN OUTFITTERS AT STANFORD? ... The on-again, off-again rumors of Urban Outfitters coming to town are on again. A year ago, the retailer was very close to making a deal in downtown Palo Alto on the corner of University Avenue and Emerson Street, in the former location of Magnolia Video and the former, former location of Ross Stores. Although that deal fizzled, it now looks as if Urban Outfitters is seriously eyeing the Stanford Shopping Center. Although company officials are mum about the possibility, and mall spokesperson Julie Kelly declined to comment, reliable retail sources close to the negotiations say Urban Outfitters could open at Stanford as early as the fall. Further fueling this report are job postings currently on several online employment sites seeking store managers and sales associates for Urban Outfitters, with the location listed as Stanford, California. Also in the rumor mill is Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters' sister store in the bold, orange-red building at Alma Street and Addison Avenue in Palo Alto. Sources reveal it may also be mulling over a move to the mall.

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Posted by Too Much Traffic, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2010 at 10:04 am

I assume that all of the above retailers will be building housing for their workers and assuring the city that there will be no new net car trips in Palo Alto due to their business. Even one new car trip in Palo Alto is too many.

Posted by Anon, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 30, 2010 at 7:04 pm

What is "Urban Outfitters"? Is this another one of those "I'm going on a safari -- downtown" places? Isn't that passe' ? I mean, Banana Republic started up what - 35 years ago or so?!?!? I'm sooooo excited. Not.

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