Bank opens its doors inside Kolln Hardware building

Comerica executives, managers take walking tour downtown

Comerica Bank has opened its Pleasanton branch inside the historic Kolln Hardware building.

Yesterday, the bank sent out a team of its executives and managers to talk with small business owners downtown in an effort to reach out.

"We want to listen to small business owners," said Mike Fulton, who is the CEO and president of Comerica's Western market, and went on the walking tour. "In these tough economic times, we get our best insignt from our customers. That's why we have our senior managers joining local bankers to walk the sidewalks of places like Main Street in Pleasanton."

The meet and greet came just hours before the start opf First Wednesday that drew one of its largest crowds ever. The street party featured food and retail booths and live music in the Round Table Pizza parking lot by The Crisis.

Just a few blocks away, crowds packed the Pleasanton fairgrounds for the opening night of the Alameda County Fair.

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Posted by bobart
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 1, 2009 at 8:49 am

Great.... just what we need is yet another bank downtown and especially in that beautiful old building. I thought there was talk about retail in that space?

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 1, 2009 at 8:54 am

I'd say that bobart isn't exactly in tune with what's going on in Pleasanton if the bank opening in the old Kolln building is new news to him!

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Posted by bobart
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 1, 2009 at 8:58 am

It was not news to HER. I am just still wondering what happened to talk years ago that it would be retail or restaurant. That simple. What's with the cut on a simple question.

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Posted by Let's get real
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2009 at 10:43 am

Hey, we should be cheering that banks want to come into Pleasanton. It's a good sign. Banks generate economic vitality. We're in a deep recession folks, and we should be thankful that the Kolln building is occupied. If a PW reader wants a restaurant in that space, why not open one yourself?

Also, what business is it of ours to dictate to the building owner what tenants should go into HIS building? If a PW reader wants to OWN the building, then he or she can choose a restauant as a tenant.

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Posted by colette
a resident of Deer Oaks/Twelve Oaks
on Jul 1, 2009 at 11:11 am

Geez Dave...lighten up. You seem to be pretty critical of bobart. I think most of us knew what was going in there, but I for one don't like it much. But it is what it is...nothing we can do about it if we don't have the millions it takes to buy the building and do major renovations. Unfortunately, I was just a few bucks short, or I'd have bought the building and opened up a Fenton's like ice creamery. I'm sure someone wouldn't have liked that idea either. In the meantime, it's YOLATEA for me!!!

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 1, 2009 at 2:04 pm

I understand that if you rent a safety deposit box, they'll give you a free massage and botox treatment.


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Posted by Dissapointed
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Jul 1, 2009 at 3:08 pm

What has happened to retail? More empty spaces and a downtown association that has an ad at the top of this site to shop downtown. Rules are inconsistently applied and the only reason to go downtown is the restaurants and banks and spas...

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Posted by mary
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 1, 2009 at 4:11 pm

another bank. whopee. what do they want a reception party. they make downtown a desert town. wow i'll go visit the bank and look around their counters and take home a brochure on how i can borrow $100 and pay back $1000 in ten years. wow. i can't wait.

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Posted by Kris
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 1, 2009 at 7:04 pm

I am excited that Comerica is here. They are very supportive of the communities where they do business! We should be thanking them for their confidence in our community! Welcome, Comerica!! I, for one, am glad you are here.

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Posted by bobart
a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 2, 2009 at 8:36 pm

Colette thank you for your kind words....let's keep that going. I was thrilled at the mention of the Fenton's type restaurant. My husband and I feel strongly it would fit well in our downtown. What about the Domus sight...? I hope you do not give up that vision. It would be a good draw for families. I grew up with Fenton's and still love it.

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Posted by Phil
a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Jul 3, 2009 at 6:59 am

A bank? That'll draw folks downtown. Hey, let's turn the old Pleasanton Hotel into a Real Estate office?
Sad...but ya can't fight City Hall.

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Posted by james
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 5, 2009 at 6:09 pm

Sad...but ya can't fight City Hall.

maybe, but you can vote for it, and if you voted for jennifer then you can't complain about yet another bank in downtown pleasanton. our downtown was never a destination spot, but it's become less and less so the last few years under this city council. if they were trying on purpose to turn it into a desolation they couldn't have done a better job.

i will certainly never set foot in that bank, the hardware store was far more useful and friendly.

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