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Puesto Opening “this Summer” at the Veranda in Concord


The Veranda, Concord

San Diego-based Puesto, the “Mexican artisan kitchen & bar” is coming to the Veranda shopping center this summer, right next to the IMAX movie theater. Check out their menu at one of their other locations here.

From their website:

Before Puesto, we had all left San Diego to chase ambitions in other ventures. Though we found individual success in other places, it was tacos that brought us back together and back to California —Chef Luisteen’s tacos, to be exact. His passion for completely re –defining the taco brought us back to our hometown of San Diego to start a family business, the taco stand we’d never even dreamed of. Now we’re tacoteurs and have never looked back.

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365 by Whole Foods + Urban Remedy + Next Level Burger Open in The Veranda in Concord


The Veranda, Concord

The other day I was able to get a preview of the IMAX movie theater in the Veranda shopping center in Concord and that is also the day that 365 by Whole Foods opened at the other end of the center. On one end is the organic food company Urban Remedy (menu here) and on the other is Oregon-based, vegan fast food restaurant Next Level Burger. Check out their menu here.

The 365 Whole Foods looks like a typical Whole Foods with pre-packaged meats and a focus on “365” items. There is a great looking vegetable/fruit section as well as a separate taqueria section towards the back. They even have a rewards program. Considering how Amazon now owns Whole Foods it’s not surprising that many aspects of the store are electronically-based, such as beer and wine info and bulk weigh (see photos after the jump).

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Preview of IMAX Theater at The Veranda in Concord


The Veranda, Concord

Just in time for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the new LUXE Cinema and IMAX theater is opening next Thursday, December 14th in the new Veranda shopping center in Concord. There will be 10 auditoriums including an 80 foot wide, 4 story tall IMAX theater. Interestingly, every seat will have full menu service and if you check out the photo of the seats after the jump you’ll see little slide-out table trays in front of each seat. There is also a full bar near the lobby with seating throughout as well as an outdoor patio. I was able to check out one of the auditoriums with a Dolby ATMOS sound system and it sounded incredible. I can’t wait to check out the IMAX theater!

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Cost Plus World Market Relocates to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord


The Veranda, Concord

If the Willows Shopping Center were a person how do you think they would feel that Cost Plus World Market left them for The Veranda, a new shopping center located right next door? Anyway, there are eclectic things to be found at Cost Plus which makes for fun browsing. I ended up buying a chocolate video game controller made in Germany of all things! The smile on my son’s face made it a worthwhile purchase. (It tasted pretty good, too) 🙂

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The Veranda Shopping Center Opens in Concord


The Veranda, Concord

The shopping center The Veranda is now open in Concord with TJ Maxx having opened over the weekend and Lunchbox Wax opening today. As you can see in the above photo, Toys “R” Us / Babies “R” Us will be having a grand opening party on November 4th. In addition to stores and restaurants that we previously learned would be opening such as Super Duper Burgers, MOD Pizza (opening Nov. 14th), an IMAX movie theater, and Whole Foods 365, Peet’s (big corner spot), Puesto (San Diego-based Mexican), Residual Sugar Wine Bar and Coffee Shop will also be opening here. On top of that, while visiting there I learned that Popbar (gelato on a stick), a ramen spot (possibly Concord Ramen) and a boba cafe will also be opening. There will be 20 Tesla super chargers and Volta chargers. For children there will be a play area (including a Lucky Climber, see photo below) that will turn into an ice skating rink in December. Stay tuned for more stores to open in the coming weeks as well as a party to celebrate the ice skate rink in late November.

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Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us Opening Nov 4th at Veranda Shopping Center in Concord


Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

Lots of activity going on at the soon-to-open Veranda shopping center in Concord. Located right next to the Willows shopping center, there’s going to be a 365 by Whole Foods supermarket, an IMAX movie theater, and plenty of shopping and dining options. As you can see in the above photo, bankruptcy has not stopped Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us from opening here on November 4th. There will be a DJ, giveaways, raffles, food trucks, a special appearance by Geoffrey the Giraffe, and other activities from 10 a.m. to noon.

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365 by Whole Foods Opening Dec 6th at The Veranda in Concord


Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

The eagerly anticipated 365 by Whole Foods supermarket is opening December 6th in the new Veranda shopping center at the corner of Diamond Blvd. and Galaxy Way in Concord. Check out their rewards program here. You can get 10% off over 100 products, buy 5 get one free deals, as well as, “lots of special offers that will surprise and delight you, from department discounts to birthday presents.”

From the 365 by Whole Foods site:

It’s time for a whole new grocery shopping experience. One that strives to be good for your body, your budget, your lifestyle and the planet.

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Toys R Us Coming to Veranda Shopping Center in Concord Files for Bankruptcy


Veranda Shopping Center, Concord

Toys R Us, which is planning to come to the new Veranda shopping center in Concord, located right next to the Willows shopping center, filed for bankruptcy today. From the USA Today article:

The bankruptcy filing may make some shoppers reluctant to make Toys R Us a destination during the upcoming holidays, and there may be gaps on some shelves if skittish suppliers decide to hold back on some deliveries. But bankruptcy could also give the toy store chain some relief, enabling it to cancel leases and abandon poorly performing locations.

I wonder if this will affect this opening?