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Demolition crew starts chipping away at old Bloomingdale's store

Construction crews have begun tearing down the old Bloomingdale's store at Stanford Shopping Center on Jan. 14.

A newly-built, $18 million, three-story Bloomingdale's opened on Oct. 10 at the Stanford Shopping Center, replacing the older two-story department store, which was extensively remodeled 18 years ago.

The aging structure will be demolished to make way for 20 to 30 new shops and five new restaurants, which will bring the total number of shops in the shopping center to more than 160.

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Posted by Uncle Frank
a resident of another community
on Jan 18, 2015 at 3:21 pm

You mean the old Bloomingdale's which was previously the Emporium is being torn down. Gosh I miss both the Emporium at Stanford Shopping Center and downtown San Francisco.

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Posted by Palo Alto Native
a resident of Duveneck School
on Jan 18, 2015 at 5:08 pm

Macy's is the new Emporium.

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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2015 at 6:20 pm

Are the restaurants going to be good enough to attract customers on their own?If so, more parking spaces are needed.

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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 19, 2015 at 10:54 am

Glad to see someone else remembers the old Emporium at Stanford.

There was also an Emporium in Mountain View at the 85/El Camino spot.

When I was a kid and young adult the Emporium was one of a few places that was not totally cheap that had reasonably priced and decent clothes. They were high quality too, there was much clothing I got at the Emporium that lasted up until rather recently.

Question ... I know the Men's Macy's at Stanford Shopping Center used to be the I Magnun (sp?) store back when, but wasn't there also a J Magnun store as well ... where was it? Saks maybe?

Didn't SSC keep pictures of its history ... that would be nice to see in an online museum or something, same with Town & Country. So much changes these days so fast, one day things just disappear and you never think about them again.

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Posted by chris
a resident of University South
on Jan 19, 2015 at 11:33 am

Joseph Magnin faced El Camino.

Saks was where Crate & Barrel and Container Store are now. The Nordstrom store was Bullock's from 1972-1982.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of another community
on Jan 22, 2015 at 1:14 pm

Joseph Magnin was two doors down from I. Magnin (Blum's was in between the two). JM was mostly converted to Ralph Lauren, but since it went all the way to the back parking lot, the rear part part of JM (which was actually an addition to the original store) has been subdivided into other shops

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