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Two more reasons to shop outside Palo Alto

Original post made by ToldUso on Aug 7, 2008

For those of us who like Nordstroms Rack (?) and Sports Authority, we now have the possibility of two more reasons to shop outside Palo Alto. We have no decent sports equipment store in Palo Alto so I imagine Sports Authority will do really well. I have no experience with Nordstorms Rack.

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Posted by ToldUSo, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2008 at 2:16 pm

Here is the link Web Link

Sorry I forgot it in my post heading

Posted by Christy, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 7, 2008 at 2:55 pm


Please, Palo Alto is not on an island. It's easy enough to drive to Mtn. View, EPA, or other nearby towns. Palo Altans get so spoiled with everything being within arms reach that driving for more than 10 minutes is too much for them. Sports Authority in Sunnyvale isn't that far. I lived in Minnesota for awhile, where everything was so spread out that even to go across town took 20 minutes! This wonderful walk/bike to school/work stuff of Palo Alto is very rare.

Nordstrom Rack is Nordstrom (no "s" on the end) clothes which did not sell. I think it is like a Ross or TJ Maxx but a little better.

Posted by Christy, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2008 at 3:15 pm


My point is that we will be giving our sales tax $$ to Sunnyvale, Mountain View, etc. etc. The average Palo Altan always shops outside Palo Alto because we can't find what we want here. Not all of us shop at Abercrombie & Wotsit for school clothes! We can't afford it.

Posted by ToldUSo, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2008 at 3:16 pm

Sorry, that post is mine, I was replying to Christy. Not having a good day today lol.

Posted by Christy, a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Aug 7, 2008 at 4:59 pm

Yeah, well blame our City Council for that. They turned down Target and other big name stores. They don't want big stores in PA. They just want more condos and houses so they can overcrowd our schools, and then have to build additions to the schools with what money? Not taxes from big stores. Taxes from us. I guess the intellectuals are too busy with their big careers to run for City Council or School Board.

Posted by Shopper, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 7, 2008 at 7:11 pm

Since REI sports apparel is right on my doorstep at Charleston Plaza in Mountain View, I probably won't be going to those other stores unless I visit IKEA. In any event Mountain View will be getting my retail tax dollars.

Posted by Not so fast, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 8, 2008 at 12:57 am

This is another missed opportunaity. Councilwoman Kishimoto constantly talks (and talks and talks) about walkable neighborhoods. this would have been a perfect opportunity for her to put her money where her mouth is--these stored should have been opened in her neighborhood on Embarcadero Road ( ACTUALLY A WHOLE SHOPPING CENTER with large grocery store, drugg store, coffee shop and dry cleaners would have been a perfect way for her to show she is serious about "walkability")

Posted by No Good Retail in PA, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2008 at 8:23 am

So long as Palo Alto continues it's stupid building code restriction of no stores bigger than 20,000 sq. ft., not even grocery stores, we will never get decent shopping in Palo Alto. We will continue driving to MV, EPA, and MP to do our shopping.

Our City Council must change the building code from 20,000 sq. ft. to at lease 40,000 sq. ft. Then you'll see everyone saying: "I don't want the traffic in my neighborhood"!! This won't happen while Kishimoto and Drekmeier are on the Council and Drekmeier will be Mayor next year.

Posted by Tim, a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 9, 2008 at 9:24 am

Other than eating out, I spend all my money outside the city. Wasn't like that when I moved here 27 years ago.

Posted by Anon, a resident of another community
on Aug 9, 2008 at 11:18 am

It's not Drekmeier. It should have been Dreckmeier...

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