Losing 2 great businesses downtown!
Original post made by PDA Hopeful on Aug 28, 2007
When investigating the rent prices these businesses were charged, it is no reason why Pure Girl went of business and Day Art is trying to stay in business by finding a less expensive space.
The owner of Day Art studio is so gracious and complementary to Pleasanton: "DAY Art Studio will be moving to a new home. We have thoroughly enjoyed our downtown location and I believe, as Pleasanton residents, we have something to be proud of in our charming downtown." "Alas, our costs in this location are just too high." "We will close our doors on Main Street on August 24th and hope to reopen in Pleasanton in Mid October. We will of course email our plans when they become more solidified."
Will we see 2 more family owned business pay the enormous rent hoping to make a living, only to see them go out of business in 2 years $100,000 in debt?
Does one need to be independently wealthy to open a store in Downtown Pleasanton?
on Aug 31, 2007 at 6:42 am
Sounds like those businesses should never have been downtown in the first place. There are plenty of other (less expensive) places in Pleasanton to lease a space. It's a simple market situation: if the rental prices are too high, they will eventually drop; if they are just right, someone else will come in and open a business.
Palo Alto is a great example of a very successful downtown. Businesses there get an incredible amount of traffic and can therefore pay the high lease prices.
on Sep 2, 2007 at 3:07 pm
Perhaps it was the name "Pure Girls" that prevented folks from becoming customers. Was it appropriate to aim such a double entendre at adolescent girls? It was an obnoxious choice...
on Sep 4, 2007 at 10:44 am
Those businesses would not of survived in downtown Pleasanton for too long. Rent prices are too high, and the type of business is niched for the weekend crowd when parents bring their kids. General downtown is catered more to the older crowds and too quaint for the younger folks. The Day art studio and Pure Girls would need steady traffic on daily basis, not just on the weekends to keep business going...