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Lafayette Pet Shoppe Closing End of July

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3517 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

According to an ad in the Lamorinda Weekly the Lafayette Pet Shoppe on Mt. Diablo Blvd. is closing by the end of July. “Lost our lease – Owner retiring! Store liquidation”. “Up to 50% off, everything must go”.

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Scuttlebutt – Restoration Hardware Relocating to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek

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Broadway Pointe, Walnut Creek

The upscale home goods store Restoration Hardware, located in downtown Walnut Creek in the Broadway Pointe shopping plaza, is looking to relocate to a new flagship store across the street in Broadway Plaza according to a reliable source. It’s not definite but it looks like it would be located where the Macy’s men’s store is on the backside next to the restaurant Stanford’s. This will take place at a later phase within the Broadway Plaza plan. Stay tuned…

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L’Occitane Moving to New Broadway Plaza Store in November

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Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Last week we learned that J.Crew would be relocating across the street in Broadway Plaza and now it has been confirmed that the fragrance shop L’Occitane en Provence will also be moving to a new location within the Broadway Plaza redevelopment, right near Macy’s. Look for a November grand re-opening. Stay tuned for more Broadway Plaza openings and relocations…

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Barnes & Noble Closing this January in Walnut Creek

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1149 S. Main St, Walnut Creek

I was a little early with the scuttlebutt last April, but it’s finally happening; Barnes & Noble is closing this coming January in downtown Walnut Creek. According to the Contra Costa Times, Anthropologie will be relocating from their Mt. Diablo/Locust St. shop. As someone who frequently shopped and browsed here this is quite disappointing although judging from the empty shoppers in their huge video section I’m not entirely surprised. The nearest Barnes & Noble locations will be in Dublin and Emeryville. Swan’s Fine Books is also located a few blocks away on Locust St.

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Rheem Theatre gets Reprieve – Open for 60 Additional Days in Moraga

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350 Park St, Moraga

At the beginning of the month we learned that Rheem Theatre would be closing due to a 60% increase in rent, partly in response to Moraga passing a historical preservation ordinance. However, a Go Fund Me Save the Rheem Theatre page was established which raised over $5,000 and announced, “the New Rheem Theatre will be operating for another 60 days to give time for the formation of a new nonprofit foundation within the Moraga community”.

According to the Town of Moraga website:

the community expressed overwhelming support to keep The New Rheem Theatre operating as a theatre. With a generous and cooperative spirit, the property owner and operator agreed to continue the Theatre’s current operations to allow time for all parties to resolve several key issues, including: terms to prevent the building from being demolished; a process to quickly work with the property owner, as the Town does with others, to determine appropriate development options for the remainder of his property absent an historic designation for the Theatre; and the formation of a Community Foundation to assist with funding for the Theatre.

According to this Lamorinda Weekly article, the long term vision would not have a historic preservation ordinance. “While the property owner can develop other areas of the property, Puri agreed not to demolish the theater building, so the need for the ordinance goes away, she [Town Manager Jill Keimach] said.”

What’s not clear to me is how does the property owner agreeing to not demolish the building mean there is no need for a historical preservation ordinance? It seems like a reasonable possibility that while the property owner remains the same, the rent will remain low, and when it’s eventually sold without a historical preservation ordinance, the new owner will tear down the theater for redevelopment. Or will the Moraga community foundation be able to raise enough money to purchase the property to preserve it as a movie theater?