In this week's Shop Talk column, read about a Hong Kong retail chain expanding to Palo Alto and the forthcoming closure of the longtime Cho's Mandarin Dim Sum.
HONG KONG FURNITURE STORE EYES PALO ALTO ... Ulferts Furniture, celebrated as Hong Kong's first retail chain to import contemporary European-inspired furniture, is preparing to expand into Palo Alto. Last month, the company applied for a Use & Occupancy permit to open in a 1,002-square-foot space on the ground floor of the new mixed-use building at 2209 El Camino Real that replaced the storefront where R&B Seafood and Peninsula Locksmith once operated. According to the permit application filed on Nov. 5, Ulferts plans to make $136,522 worth of improvements to the unfinished interior space. Ulfert is the second business to move into the 9,571-square-foot building that the city approved in 2015, allowing for financial services on the ground floor, offices on the second and residential units on the third. Bank of the Orient opened its first Palo Alto branch in the adjacent groundfloor space in August. Since opening in 1975, Ulferts has gained international recognition, expanding its showrooms beyond Hong Kong. Palo Alto will be the company's third Bay Area location. The retailer opened a showroom at the 52,000-square-foot Ulferts Center in Dublin in 2006. It later opened a second site at the Ulferts Center in Milpitas. -- L.T.
CHO'S TO CLOSE... Fans of Cho's unassuming potstickers and pork buns panicked in 2014, when the owners of the longtime Palo Alto Chinese restaurant announced plans to close after receiving a 60-day notice from their landlord. Customers launched a petition to keep the hole-in-a-wall California Avenue restaurant from closing. Happily, owner Cho and wife, Daisy Yu, soon secured a new space and were able to reopen in downtown Los Altos in 2015. But come Jan. 25, 2019, Cho Yu plans to retire and shutter the restaurant, according to a Facebook post. "After 39 long years of serving the community his beloved food, Cho is finally moving on with his retirement," the post reads. "There are no immediate plans for reopening in the near future. We apologize if this inconveniences anyone." -- E.K.
Compiled by the Weekly staff; this week written by Elena Kadvany and Linda Taaffe. Got leads on interesting and news-worthy retail developments? The Weekly will check them out. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.