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Eating Out - June 4, 2010

Shop Talk

by Daryl Savage

RETAIL REBOUND? ... Yep. The picture is getting rosier and business is beginning to recover in downtown Palo Alto, according to Susan Barnes, Palo Alto's economic development manager. "Things are on the rebound. We're looking at getting back a couple of our anchor tenants," Barnes said. "We're also targeting a few areas where we're hoping to see vacancies get picked up." Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce CEO Paula Sandas agrees: "There's a renewed energy downtown. The storefronts are filling." Evidence includes the recent grand opening of Walgreens at the corner of University Avenue and Bryant Street; the second location of Garden Fresh, a Mountain View-based vegan restaurant at 460 Ramona St.; and Deborah's Palm, a nonprofit that provides support for women in times of crisis or challenges, at 555 Lytton Ave. Sandas said she is also excited about the versatility of new retail and office interest: "Last month alone we did five ribbon-cuttings for new businesses."

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