In this week's retail news, Palo Alto's Goodwill store gets a face-lift while downtown's Anthropologie makes the move to Stanford Shopping Center.
ANTHROPOLOGIE TO RELOCATE ... The tremendously popular Anthropologie, which opened in Palo Alto nearly 13 years ago at the corner of Alma Street and Addison Avenue, is moving one mile north to the Stanford Shopping Center. The high-end women's clothing, accessories, gifts and home decor store, which is owned by Urban Outfitters, will take over approximately one-quarter of the space left vacant last year when Bloomingdale's moved to its new spot in the mall, according to an industry source. The new Anthropologie at Stanford will become a flagship store for the company, the source said, and will come close to tripling the size of its current 12,000-square-foot location in Palo Alto. The larger space at Stanford is scheduled to open in May 2016, and will enable Anthropologie to offer an array of new items including furniture and a bridal line, the source said. The current store at 499 Alma St. was originally scheduled to close for good in February 2016, "but that may be extended; it kind of depends on how the progress goes on the Stanford store," the source said. The Alma street location, which used to be an auto parts shop, has long been considered an unusual spot for the high-end retailer, since it is not in a traditional shopping area of the city. Anthropologie has nearly 200 stores throughout the U.S, Canada and the U.K.
GOODWILL GETS SPRUCED-UP ... Palo Alto's Goodwill store, 4085 El Camino Way, is in the midst of a major face-lift, while remaining open for business. The renovation, which began several months ago, includes the addition of public restrooms, upgraded fitting rooms and office space, as well as a marked pedestrian walkway in the parking lot, additional disabled parking spaces and improved signage at the drop-off section by the side of the store. Goodwill will tentatively close for two weeks in late September while the interior gets refreshed. Workers will redo the floor, paint the walls and reconfigure the floor plan for easier customer flow patterns, including moving the front counter to a side location.
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