Crate & Barrel to open today

Publication Date: Wednesday Oct 29, 1997

BUSINESS: Crate & Barrel to open today

New furniture store opens doors in former Saks space

Crate & Barrel rolls out the welcome mat at its new furniture store in the Stanford Shopping Center today. Doors open to the public at 10 a.m.

It's hard to miss the new store, designed by architect Jacques Verlinden, at its new location next to Nordstrom and above the recently opened Andronico's market. Jutting out of the former Saks Fifth Avenue building is a two-story curved bay reminiscent of a ship's bow.

From the airy ground-level entrance of the store, a curved stairway leads up to the first-floor homeware department and on to the second floor, which will house the furniture collection.

At 39,000 square feet, the new store is more than twice the size of the old Stanford Shopping Center store, which has closed. Homeware from the existing location will be transferred to the new Crate & Barrel. A spokeswoman said that the empty store space will be used as a gift-wrap center for Ronald McDonald House during the holiday period. A new tenant has not yet been selected, she said.

The new store is the first Crate & Barrel furniture store on the West Coast.

"So many (Bay Area) residents know our furniture stores from their travels and were already shopping at our Palo Alto and other Northern California houseware stores," said Gordon Segal, founder and chief executive officer of Crate & Barrel. "We knew we wanted not only a complete home store to serve this community, but one which would be an exciting shopping destination."

The furniture collection is a true treasure trove, boasting hand-carved trunks from Pakistan to antique cupboards from Java. And Crate & Barrel will also carry home accessories--from pillows, throws, urns, plant stands to mirrors and lamps.

A percentage of all furniture sales at the new store from Oct. 29 through November will be donated to the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford.

Crate and Barrel is located at 530 Stanford Shopping Center.

--Vicky Anning 

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