In this week's retail news, Target is set to unlock the doors to its first store in East Palo Alto, a new Korean restaurant quietly opens in downtown Palo Alto and an on-demand laundry startup is now in business.
RAVENSWOOD GETS 'FLEXIBLE'... Target is set to open its first store in East Palo Alto in the former Sports Authority space at Ravenswood Shopping Center this month. The new site, emblazoned with the retailer's signature red-and-white target-shaped logo across the front facade, is scheduled to open its doors at 1775 East Bayshore Road on July 23, according to signage outside the store. The Minneapolis-based company began hiring staff members in April but as of this week was still looking to fill various positions for its grocery department, in-store Starbucks, the backroom and the retail floor. The approximately 50,000-square-foot store is part of the company's "flexible-format" stores (formerly called TargetExpress) that were introduced in 2014 for stores in smaller locations to provide "quick-trip shopping" and a selection of merchandise tailored specifically to meet the needs of locals. The store will offer health and beauty items; fresh groceries and grab-and-go items, such as sandwiches, salads, beverages and snacks; baby and kids' products, including apparel, sporting goods and toys; home decor and storage items; men's and women's apparel; portable tech products; stationery and gift items; and services like Target's mobile and order pickups. This is Target's second small-format store to open along the Peninsula. The company opened its first one in Cupertino in 2016.
MAUM QUIETLY OPENS... Maum, a Korean restaurant that was supposed to open years ago in the former Apple Store on University Avenue in Palo Alto, has quietly opened just blocks away at 322 University Ave. Owner Patrick Tsui did not return several requests for comment, but social media posts indicate the restaurant -- now a high-end, private dining concept -- soft opened last month. An online job posting for a sous chef describes Maum as an upscale, private restaurant "serving an exclusive clientele searching for the highest quality of cuisine, drink, and service." On June 8, Jaeson Ma, a talent manager and producer whose connection to the restaurant is unclear, posted on Instagram a photograph of the restaurant announcing the "soft launch" of the "east meets west private restaurant in the heart of Silicon Valley." The photo shows a dining room with one long, immaculately set communal table and a small open kitchen in the back. On June 17, Ma posted more photos of the restaurant, with a group of diners -- including none other than MC Hammer -- and a series of dishes like caviar, oysters, sashimi, grilled meat and a bottle of Chablis Grand Cru wine. The restaurant has no signage outside yet and its front windows are tinted, preventing a view inside from the street.
LAUNDRY ON DEMAND... The Minneapolis on-demand laundry startup, Mulberrys Garment Care, opened its first Palo Alto store on July 7 at 2190 W. Bayshore Road in the former site of GreenStreets Cleaners & Tailors, which it acquired in January. Dan Miller, who launched the company in 2009, has been aggressively expanding throughout the Bay Area over the past year. Of the company's 14 sites, nine are now located in the Bay Area; the other five are located in Minnesota. Miller said he considers the Silicon Valley area to be "among the most discerning markets in the U.S." Mulberrys is one of few dry cleaners to offer on-demand service 24 hours a day. Customers can pick a day and time for laundry pickup, drop off garments on site 24-hours a day and request same-day service. The company also uses environmentally friendly laundry products and biodegradable and recycled packaging -- something that has filled the company's yelp pages with rave reviews. Miller said Mulberrys is an artisan-style dry cleaners, meaning all garments are treated on site by the Mulberrys staff.
Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Elinor Aspegren and Elena Kadvany. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email [email protected]