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Sears not closing / Home Depot "delayed"

Original post made by chris, University South, on Feb 28, 2007

Today, we learn that Sears on San Antonio is not really closing; it is having a remodeling sale. Its lease has been extended 3 years while Home Depot gets its act together. Is this really a semi- graceful way for Home Depot to bow out while the search goes on for a new tenant? Will somebody make Thoits/HD an offer they can't refuse?

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Posted by Tricia
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 1, 2007 at 4:00 pm

Is Sears really staying???!!! I hope so. My girls and I shop there more than any other single store - and when there is already a Home Depot at University, having another one at San Antonio center NEVER made any sense.

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Posted by sw
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 1, 2007 at 9:33 pm

I haven't heard anything about Sears staying until I happened along this thread. I hope it is true. It was/is my favorite store for value and ease of shopping. I love that I can get Lands End clothing and return catalog items. I am sure the city wants more revenue and will eventually get it. But I'll be glad to have a few more years of Sears if they stay.

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Posted by GBD
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 1, 2007 at 9:46 pm

There was an item about Sears renewing it's lease for three more years in the Feb 28th Shop Talk column in the PA Weekly:
Web Link

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Posted by MV Observer
a resident of Mountain View
on Mar 2, 2007 at 7:46 am

There was a Sears ad in yesterday's paper saying that it's now a "remodel sale." The question is - will they be temporarily closing during this remodel, or staying open the whole time?

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 2, 2007 at 9:18 am

No, having another Home Depot in Mt. View doesn't make sense. Or Best Buy so close to another one.
There is a Home Depot and Best Buy in East Palo Alto, which is in San Mateo County - and the
sales tax is less in that county. Makes a big difference on big ticket items like appliances,
and it adds up for the small stuff.

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Posted by Local shopper
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 2, 2007 at 8:16 pm

Mountain View never wanted Home Depot anyway (the San Antonio mall location is in Mountain View), and we in Palo Alto would have had to pay for the wear and tear on the roads from their trucks coming from 101.

We shop at the HD in EPA all the time, glad they are not putting in a redundant store where we really need more versatile retail, like the Sears. We depend on it for kids clothing, tools, housewares, appliances, and especially kid gear like car seats which often tends to be slightly nicer versions of Target and Walmart offerings but at the same price. We probably would never have gotten family photos if it wasn't for their photo studio (and how convenient and relatively cheap it is).

I hope the remodel improves the accessibility of other departments. At least they are there for 3 more years.

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Posted by Local shopper
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 2, 2007 at 10:13 pm

BTW, I shop plenty at Target, too, I don't think Target, Walmart or Sears is redundant, they each sell a lot of different merchandise. We need convenient, reasonably-priced retail in Mtn View and Palo Alto, glad we're not losing another store, at least for now.

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Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 13, 2007 at 2:09 am

Thoits, how about reopening up another shoe store at that location?? (Miss the one you used to have in downtown P.A.........)

While your at it, how about reinstalling the Menu Tree ???


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Posted by Jill
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 14, 2007 at 12:24 am

The Menu Tree? Mayfield Child, that brings back memories. Also borscht at the German deli and shopping at Liberty House, before it became Emporium ... or was that Penney's?

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Posted by bikes2work
a resident of Santa Rita (Los Altos)
on Dec 3, 2007 at 4:41 pm

The Mountain View City Council will discuss whether HD's proposed store is consistent with the San Antonio Center Precise Plan. This will be the second of two topics they will discuss in a session beginning 6:30, so maybe around 7PM. No formal decisions are made at a study session but usually there is a time for public comment, limited to 3 minutes per speaker.

The study session package is over 50 pages long but here is a link (hope it works): Web Link

Here's a link to the agenda: Web Link

Here's a link to a BIO on the property owner:
Web Link

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Posted by GBD
a resident of Midtown
on Dec 18, 2007 at 10:13 am

The Mountain View Voice has a good article about the NV City Council coming out against Home Depot moving into the San Antonio Shopping Center:
Web Link

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Posted by Mike
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 18, 2007 at 10:30 am

Bet this decision makes EPA happy; it's one less threat to revenue generation from their own Home Depot.
I think this is a good decision by the Mt. View City Council; they're looking at retail mix, and demeanor of the site as benchmarks for appropriate action.

Notice that one of the things in Mt. View's favor is that they *have* permitted big box retail in strategic locations - to a degree that has generated impressive revenue. This is *exactly* what gives Mt. View the leverage they have with retail developers - in a way that help Mt. View, instead of having to go through the outsized machinations that Palo Alto has been forced into, due to years of listening to anti-development forces here that have crippled our forward efforts to develop good retail mix. (all that said, there is a lot to be desired in the Castro St. corridor - it's a mess!)

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