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Outdoor clothing retailer REI to open new store, hire 50 employees in Dublin

Original post made on Dec 21, 2010

National retailer REI has announced that it will open a new store in Dublin next fall, taking over the space once occupied by a Honda automobile dealership.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, December 18, 2010, 11:57 AM

Comments (8)

Posted by jaycee, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2010 at 11:41 am

REI is a great place - We used to go there quite a bit when we lived in Portland. It will be a nice addition to our area. I sure hope Sprouts is still planning on opening their store in the old Circuit City building. That will be another fantastic addition! Now, if we could just get downtown Pleasanton filled up again! Happy Holidays!


Posted by Tissy, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2010 at 2:54 pm

This is great news! I find I do most of my shopping in Dublin even though I'm not thrilled about it. I would rather my money stay in Pleasanton but Dublin seems to be more on the ball when it comes to attracting new businesses. Just my impression, but when Pleasanton is in talks with new businesses it seems to take FOREVER! The good ones end up in Dublin. Whatever happened to IKEA?


Posted by Richie, a resident of Happy Valley
on Dec 21, 2010 at 4:12 pm

Tissy;
I think you are right. I am not sure what is going on in P-Town but we seem to be losing a lot of new retailers to Dublin and restaurants and small employers to Livermore. There seems to be a sense of anti-business in our town. Rents downtown are very high, the owners think they are sitting on a street of gold. It is not only very hard and expensive to bring a business to our town but try and get a residential building permit. You won't believe the cost. In this economy housing is down, land values have dropped, but the City still charges the same for building permits as if the golden goose never left. The City work load is way down yet they still have the same number of planners doing who knows what. The City must be holding on to them to work on the huge number of residential projects that are being forced down our throats as a settlement to the lawsuit. 30+ units per acre all over town with large blocks of affordable set asides to fulfill some state quota. Personally I don't want us to look like Dublin along the freeway so I think the City will spread out the housing all over town. Share the wealth. Where are these kids going to go to school? Where will we put in new parks? If the school district is thinking of a parcel tax it won't even begin to solve the districts problems once thses kids start moving in. The school district should refuse to allow any building permits to be given out until a solution to where these new kids will be housed is addressed.


Posted by jaycee, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2010 at 8:29 am

I realized while out shopping last night (in Dublin!!) that the city will now have four sporting goods stores once REI and Sports Authority are complete, not to mention Sports Chalet near by. They've already got Big 5 and Any Mountain - not sure all four will survive. I sure hope so because big vacant buildings are certainly not good!


Posted by Cletus the Petus, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2010 at 8:48 am

The reason that these businesses go to Dublin and Livermore are:
- The actions of the Three Stooges on the City Council, led by the Hippie Mayor.
- The approval process takes so long, and is so outrageous, that businesses punt and go to Dublin or Livermore.
- The Three Stooges are clueless when it comes to recruiting businesses to the city that will be beneficial.

Of course, its al$o possible that $ome of these busine$$e$ don't have the large$$ that $ome of the developer$ do when it come$ to en$uring that certain council member$ are $eeing green.

We had the opportunity to get rid of The Three Stooges in November, and the voters unfortunately punted as well.


Posted by Where's the P Town Parking?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2010 at 1:24 pm

Doubtful that large volume retail stores will go to Pleasanton.
The city gets 1% of the gross as sales tax, which would really add up, but the downtown is not shopper friendly. Where can you park?

Maybe because rents are so high, prices are high, and the stores do not have the variety to compete.

If you wanted to buy a present or electronics, or other high value item, where do you think of?
I really miss the hardware store, who provided service, and is now another bank.


Posted by reasonable, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Dec 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I love REI, and will definitely shop there (I used to go to Fremont just to go there) but it will hurt not only Any Mountain, but also Dom's and Sunrise sports in Livermore, who offer many of the same kinds of equipment....


Posted by jim van dyke, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 23, 2010 at 8:00 am

@cletus-
by anonymously name-calling you add nothing to the discussion. If you truly believe you know a better way to do things, post them...followed by your real name. Better yet, suggest them at a public council meeting or even serve yourself after proving your ability hold office.


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