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Eating Out - April 9, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

EL CAMINO GOING TO THE DOGS ... The Los Altos section of El Camino Real is about to have a brand-new tenant. And it's a big one. The massive 14,000-square-foot building at 4470 El Camino is being transformed into a veterinary clinic. The site, which has been vacant since October 2008 when Elephant Pharm moved out after less than two years, is the new home of Adobe Animal Hospital. After 45 years on First Street in Los Altos, "it was time to move," said Adobe veterinarian and managing partner Brian Maxwell. "We outgrew our old building 10 years ago. It's been remodeled three times but it was designed for only seven or eight vets. We have 24," he said, pointing out that the new building is more than double the size of its First Street location. An August opening is planned. "We will have a lot more parking, a better waiting room and our clients will be happier," Maxwell said. Speaking of clients, he said: "We treat almost all animals. Dogs, cats, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits, chinchillas and the occasional pet sheep or goat. But we don't do cows or horses," he said. Or elephants.

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Heard a rumor about your favorite store or business moving out, or in, down the block or across town? Daryl Savage will check it out. She can be e-mailed at shoptalk@paweekly.com.<$>

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