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New shops add to appeal of once nearly-deserted Vintage Hills center

Original post made on Jul 12, 2009

An ice cream shop, jewelry store and day spa are the newest tenants in the recently-renovated Vintage Hills Shopping Center and the plaza's owners want residents to know they're actively looking for a grocery store for the anchor space.

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Comments (23)

Posted by Pat, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 12, 2009 at 9:16 am

I am so happy to see a Ice Cream store go in there...really miss baskin-robins. A hardware store would be great also.

Posted by Ceasr, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 12, 2009 at 9:42 am

This guy drops more names faster than att and t drops my cell calls.

Offers without paperwork are not offers.
Meeting with Peet's coffee. Is this a sales call on his part?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jul 12, 2009 at 6:45 pm

anybody wanna bet they won't be around for 12months. any takers?

Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2009 at 5:57 am

I wonder what the rents are for these spaces. Sure it is near some very wealthy parts of Pleasanton, but it is kind of out of the way.

Posted by ITGuy, a resident of Old Towne
on Jul 13, 2009 at 8:16 am

My vote is a hardware store more than a grocery store.

Posted by Trey, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Jul 13, 2009 at 8:44 am

I wish the owner of this shopping center would sell it to an entity that could truly make it work. Many developers and city goverments in the Bay Area have a bias against chains and franchises, but the fact is the chains and franchises have proven business models and usually do much better. This place has been an eyesore for at least 15 years, and it sounds like the latest wishlist is mostly vaporware and/or undesirable.

Posted by Deadhead, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2009 at 8:48 am

How about a night club, massage parlor, and a "medical" ;-) pot store! Yo!

Posted by No Loons, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2009 at 8:59 am


You forgot "The Anointed One" paraphernalia store, complete with video of Obama walking on water while the adoring masses work themselves into frenzies. If they were currently open they could have videos this week of Sotomayor doing her "making policy from the bench" thing (also known a Kangaroo Court). They could have one of the Bay Area Congresspersons showing up on a regular basis to bring in the loons. Lots of synergy with the pot outlet.

Posted by unclehomerr.., a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:23 am

If you accept the real estate credo of... Location, Location, Location.. for success in commercial [or even residential] site selection, you'll realize that this site wouldn't even support a 7=11.

It's not visible coming down the hill till you're past it; it's off the beaten track; it's not a destination.. and, there isn't enough surrounding residential to support it.

With the parking, it would be a great location for a teen center and a police precinct. Maybe a permanent farmer's market or cars for sale by owners site.


Posted by Stan, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

If any of these places can make a go of it I'll be surprised.
Just talk to the established merchants downtown, they are really struggling to stay open. Look how many have closed. I say let's support our downtown merchants who live and work here and put their money into our community, not San Francisco's. I'm sure the owner of this strip mall lives in San Francisco.

Posted by Patricia, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 13, 2009 at 2:54 pm

I for one will support these local businesses. The new sushi place is great and the dry cleaner has been there through thick and thin and really supports the community. I love that this owner is really trying (as opposed to the last ones who were letting it rot in hopes of getting city approval to tear it down and build condos.) I am thankful there will be an ice cream shop again, and hope they do get a coffee shop as well. I predict both will do great business on soccer-practice days at Tawny Park and before and after school at Vintage Hills.

Posted by Mike, a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 13, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Common sense would seem to call for a concentration of investment in higher-traffic areas.

Posted by Qwerty, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 13, 2009 at 5:32 pm

I agree with Mike. Busy people aren't going to have the time to frequent one establishment that is in an inconvenient location. I go to larger shopping areas simply because I can get a couple of things done in one trip instead of wasting time driving to 2 or 3.

Posted by Karen, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 14, 2009 at 8:28 am

But for those of us that are on this side of town, any good local store will get used. For the Vintage Hills area, we have to drive quite a way to get to Rayles and Safeway. A local grocery store would be perfect. Large amount of organics fruit and veggies - even better.

Posted by Karen, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 14, 2009 at 8:29 am

IS this really new info? The center is STILL waiting for an anchor store. Everything but the ice cream shop has been there for months.

Posted by Patricia, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 14, 2009 at 10:29 am

Actually, common sense calls for having neighborhood stores & restauraunts people can get to without having to drive through our already clogged streets, fight for parking, and line the pockets of large chain stores instead of locally owned businesses. I used to walk to the Chinese restaurant for dinner or take the kids for a stroll, an ice cream cone and some playtime at the park. I'd love to do that again -- and walk down in the morning to get a cup of coffee. It would be even better if there were a neighborhood spot where I could pick up a missing ingredient when I'm cooking dinner, or even send the kids to do it instead of dropping everything and driving to Safeway or Raleys.

Posted by Mare, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 14, 2009 at 2:47 pm

If the grocery stores think that the space is to small. Why don't you add the space to the left as an addition. This space, in all the time that the shopping center has been there , has never been used for anything. Just add it to the grocery space. I have lived in the area for 34 yrs. and have seen the shopping center at its best and its worst . Please lets make it much better. I feel we are the forgotten ones on this side of town.

Posted by C'mon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 14, 2009 at 9:37 pm

To No Loons

C'mon, haven't you read the requests to keep civil. No one is talking politics here, it's about a neighborhood shopping center. Take a breath.

Posted by MAC 34, a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 24, 2009 at 10:54 pm

You can wish in one hand and Sh$# in the other and see which one fills up quicker. The bottom line is that there is an open shopping center with NOTHING there right now except a few businesses. Let's not be picky about who we WISH occupies this space and just HOPE that somebody does. It would be much better for the area for anyone (rather than nobody) to take up business in this center.

Posted by Henry, a resident of Dublin
on Jul 26, 2009 at 9:34 pm

How about a Henry's Farmers Market?

Posted by P-Town Mama, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jul 26, 2009 at 9:52 pm

I would love some sort of grocery store. If it was specialized to some degree, it could bring people from all over town. Trader Joe's gets business form all parts of Pleasanton. Yes, it has a good location (sort of), but I have to drive from the opposite side of Pleasanton, and I do. The VH shopping center "went under" so to speak, before Ruby Hill was developed. So there is a whole new neighborhood to support stores that go in there. I live just 2 blocks away and I know my neighbors and I would definitely support the shops. I already do by taking my daughter to the Spark dance studio (which I initially chose because of it's proximity to my house).

Posted by How about, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 26, 2009 at 10:31 pm

Web Link

Posted by P-Town Mama, a resident of Valley View Elementary School
on Jul 27, 2009 at 1:34 pm

Both the Henry's Market & Farmer Joe's sound great. Hope to see something like this.

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