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Supercuts/Gap site now bilingual/montessori preschool

Original post made by Resident on Mar 24, 2011

For many, many years, our family used the Supercuts on El Camino for family priced haircuts and in the past shopped at the Gap store that used to be beside it.

It is now a new bilingual montessori preschool.

Is this a sign of the times, we replace useful retail for preschools?

Comments (8)

Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:39 pm

It is only useful retail if they can make a profit and pay their rent. Obviously SuperCuts and the Gap could not do that.

That space had been empty for some time now. Clearly the building owner could not just keep the space without someone paying the rent. It is not the best location for retail - store fronts don't even face the street.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2011 at 8:41 am

CP Dad

I agree with you entirely. SuperCuts was our family routine, and when we visited we often went into Gap (while we waited in line for our timeslot) but would never have visited Gap otherwise. I wasn't too surprised that it closed as I am sure its only customers were the same as us. The upmarket kitchen showroom was never a good match for SuperCuts.

However, SuperCuts was probably a destination store, it was always busy enough and had regular clientele from Stanford students as well as locals. Their closure did surprise me although the empty storefront beside it probably turned new customers away.

My point really is that we have lost another family orientated business in SuperCuts. There is GreatClips near Piazzas, but I don't know where else in Palo Alto to go for kids haircuts at a reasonable price where they don't mind being.

Palo Alto is turning into a dormitory town where people live and go to school, but need to go elsewhere for the necessities of life like haircuts. SuperCuts have opened beside REI/Bed Bath and Beyond and they will probably take the ECR customers.

Retail turning into preschools shows that preschools are in more demand than spaces available in what we have already in town. This is what Palo Alto is becoming.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 25, 2011 at 1:14 pm

I have to agree with most of your concerns.

BTW - there's also a SuperCuts in Menlo - about 2 blocks past the MP Safeway on the left side of ECR as you head north. Cook's Seafood is across the street on the same side of ECR.

My son goes to the President Barbershop on University Ave. More expensive than SC ($20) - but always reliable and a good haircut.

Are there any haircut shops in/around the San Antonio center? Sounds like you live in that direction and would be more convenient than MP.


Posted by Not a Mommie, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 25, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Is this a sign of the times, we replace useful retail for preschools?
Yes, Resident, Palo Alto has become one big childcare center. The helicopter mommies get what they want for their over-indulged children.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 26, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Since when is sending your child to pre-school a sign of over indulgent?


Posted by Not a Mommie, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

I was talking about Palo Alto the city. If you have been paying attention you will have noticed how many city services are for children - library building and branches, community centers, classes (see catalogs), playing fields, theaters, sports teams and coaches, etc.
For haircuts, take a look at Snip-its. Their prices are so astronomical, they don't list them on their web site. For a price they will help your preteen daughter dress like a streetwalker.


Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 27, 2011 at 10:30 pm

OK - I get it. But I have to say that many of the items you listed - e.g., children's library, community center, summer classes & camps, children's theater, etc. have been part of Palo Alto since the mid-20th Century or earlier. Not something new at all.


Posted by Charlie, a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on Mar 29, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Why does "Not a Mommie" frame the discussion as kids vs. everyone else? The thread is about the demise of the variety of businesses that serve the everyday needs of residents.

In addition, the the City spends plenty of money on adult libraries and adult recreation activities: swimming, art classes, health education... pages 36-52 of the Spring Enjoy catalog. We all get offered something. Feel free to take advantage of what you want, but quit grousing that your not the target population of all of the offerings.


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