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Waiting for the (not Craftsman) Hammer to Drop on Concord Sears as Bankruptcy Declared

This broken sign outside Sears at the Sunvalley Valley shopping center in Concord is representative of the decline of one of the most dominant retailers of the 20th century as Sears declared bankruptcy yesterday. Although the Concord Sears is not on the list to close it’s probably only a matter of time before the hammer drops there as well. And it won’t be a Craftsman either as that iconic brand was sold last year to Stanley Black & Decker. Do you think the Concord Sears will survive? If not, how long do you expect them to last? If you’re interested to see how far they’ve fallen I encourage you to check them out and walk around a while before it’s too late. I did that over the summer and was shocked at what happened, especially to the electronics section, where TVs are no longer sold, and it looks dreary throughout.

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Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord has a Serious Rodent Problem


Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

Last month, for the second time since spring, the Sunvalley shopping center in Concord had a serious rodent infestation at numerous restaurants according to this NBC Bay Area news article. You know things are bad when  “there were mouse traps (with) a dead mouse in it at the time we inspected” and “roaches, live coach roaches.” WTF?!

When I finished playing video games at Round 1 with my son over the weekend he sat down near the food court and asked what’s for lunch. I gently suggested we go elsewhere and happily drove to nearby Veranda mall where we ate great burgers at Super Duper.

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Frujuice coming to Sunvalley mall in Concord


Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

San Jose-based Frujuice is opening in a permanent spot on the second floor of the Sunvalley shopping center in Concord. Check out their menu (towards the bottom) here. I look forward to trying the Juicy Spicy Papaya dish/drink!

From their website:

Ortega produce began to sell fruit at the San Jose Capital Flea Market. Years later getting a permanent location at the San Jose Berryessa Flea Market where the opportunity was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Ortega. Ortega Produce would later be known for being the first traditional Mexican fruits stand to San Jose and to the Bay Area. Ortega Produce was the first to introduce Fruta Fresca inspired by the street fruit vendors from Mexico in a cup topped off with chili salt and lemon cocos helados fresh coconuts and Aguas Frescas made with fresh natural fruit juices 100% mexico style.

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Bebe Closing in Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord


Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

Last week we learned that the clothing store Kit and Ace would be closing their physical stores in the US to focus online and now another clothing store, Bebe, is doing the same. As you can see in the above photo, Bebe is closing their Sunvalley shopping center location in Concord. According to this LA Times article, Bebe is closing their stores to focus on online sales as well.

It’s hard to be a brick and mortar store in the online world we live in these days. How can you compete when there is greater selection and cheaper prices online? On the other hand, it’s great to be able to try on clothing before buying. I know some people buy different sizes, colors and styles to find the right one and return the rest but I never felt comfortable doing that. What do you think?

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Dojo Ramen Bar Signage Missing in Action at Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord


Sunvalley Shopping Center, Concord

Earlier this year we learned that Dojo Ramen Bar would be coming to Sunvalley Shopping Center in Concord in their new food court area but when I stopped by recently the signage has been removed. The “coming soon” page is still up on the mall directory so hopefully they’ll still be opening…