Encina Grande, Walnut Creek
Last week we learned that The Orchards development (across the street from the Encina Grande shopping center in Walnut Creek) has been delayed which led to speculation by some that Safeway, which was supposed to relocate there from Encina Grande, was trying to renegotiate their lease at Encina Grande. However, that is definitely not going to happen as Whole Foods has a signed lease and will be opening at Encina Grande around October, 2016. Construction on the new Whole Foods store will begin in October, 2015, with Safeway closing a month earlier in September, 2015.
The empty Orchards plot is below:
3616 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette
The long anticipated Spanish, Mexican, and native Californian restaurant Rancho Cantina is set for a private soft-opening sometime next week. Featuring wood-fired Rancho cuisine, I was able to get a sneak peek of the restaurant which looks great and has a warm feeling throughout. The bar area is below. Check out their menu here.
Plenty of outdoor seating:
I’ve been following the progress of the Old Yellow House in Orinda for a while; Last night there was a talk about the house by the owner who refurbished it in an environmentally friendly way. I enjoy visiting the Shadeland Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek (see above photo) which features various historical artifacts. What other historical places are there to visit in the East Bay? Which one is your favorite?
Spring Egg Hunt:
Moraga Commons Park
Saturday, March 21st, 2015
9:00am – 12:00pm | $10
Hosted by Moraga Juniors Women’s Club and the Town of Moraga
Saturday, March 21, 9 am-12 pm
Rain or Shine! at Moraga Commons Park
Admission: $10-children 8 and under.
One Egg Hunt promptly at 10 am or 11 am, Games, Face Painting, Crafts, and Pictures with the Bunny!
Tickets can be purchased online (below), or at Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga. Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 9:00 am-4:00 pm
Proceeds benefit the Contra Costa County Crisis Center
Check out all Lamorinda Easter Egg hunts here.
Looks like the new owners of The Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek have put the kibosh on development as no work has been done for a while now. According to Supermarket News, last December, “Safeway said it has completed the sale of its real estate development assets to Terramar Retail Centers.” Since the 24 acre plot located in the Shadelands Business Park at the corner of Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove was owned by Safeway’s “Property Development Centers”, this means that the new owner is Terramar Retail Centers, not Safeway.
I’m speculating but what if Safeway is able to renegotiate their lease at Encina Grande across the street before Whole Foods takes over? That could mean that if Terramar eventually decides to restart The Orchards development with different stores then Whole Foods could move in to The Orchards!
Broadway Plaza rendering
A new “gateway feature” rest area is planned for Broadway Plaza at the corner of Newell Ave. and S. Broadway in Walnut Creek where the new parking garage is being built. This is directly across from Whole Foods and looks like it will be a nice area to take a break.
Broadway Plaza rendering
2118 Willow Pass Rd, Concord
The Nepalese and Indian restaurant Himalayan Cuisine opened several months ago a block from Todos Santos Plaza in Concord. Check out their menu here.
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek
The Broadway Plaza beauty supply store Sephora is expanding slightly on one side as the outside undergoes a facelift but they are still open.