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Town and Country Village sold

Original post made on Aug 26, 2008

The 52-year-old Town and Country Village shopping center on Embarcadero Road and El Camino Real has a new owner, Ellis Partners LLC of San Francisco. The purchase of the 171,000-square-foot center from the estate of Town and Country founder Ron Williams was completed on Tuesday, said James Ellis, director of leasing and development for Ellis Partners.

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Posted by Monica
a resident of another community
on Aug 26, 2008 at 7:26 pm

Ronald Williams was my great grand-father and I am sorry to inform you that you are wrong. Town and Country Villiage is still owned by the Estate that Ronald Williams establish, the Trust LEASED the property to them for 50 years.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 27, 2008 at 8:33 am

This story is dated October 2004 - ignore it.

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Posted by Shopper
a resident of Southgate
on Aug 27, 2008 at 11:23 am

For all the upheaval in Town and Country, the stores forced out, the major construction going on and on, I don't see much improvement. Traffic patterns are still very awkward, and while there are more attractive walkways, the change seems insignificant.
Oh yes, the new stores are trendier and higher priced. And the cutesy names are really awful, like Mom's the Word and other pregnancy stores. Tasteless, glitzy and way overpriced.

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Posted by Jeremy Loski
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 27, 2008 at 11:29 am

Shopper. I agree with you, but there is no way to keep this from happening as long as commercial landlords continue to maximize returns. Short of commercial rent control (which will never happen here [the belief is to let "markets" rule]) This is the future of Palo Alto - boutique stores and restaurants. Restaurants that are mainstream are almost universally struggling here. they will come and go.

Kiss the old Palo Alto goodbye, and thank past NIMBYS and misguided policy making for keeping big box retail out of Palo Alto. We could have had a nice mixed-use retail dynamic. I won't name names here, but a lot of the past NIMBY "heros" are going to be burned in effigy if anyone ever takes the time to add up the cost to their silly enterprise.

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