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Stanford Electric Works to move to Mountain View

Original post made on Mar 30, 2013

After 99 years of calling Palo Alto its home, Stanford Electric Works will move to Mountain View at the end of June, according to the store's owner.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, March 30, 2013, 3:04 PM

Comments (20)

Posted by It's Pat, a resident of Midtown
on Mar 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

Palo Alto looses yet again another one of a kind, mom and pop business.

Downtown Palo Alto has many interesting, unique and valuable shops off the main street University. I hope we dont loose too many of these fine shops. Being replaced by upscale boutiques and national chain stores. Like University Ave.

Hopefully Mr. Machala will find plenty of revenue from the good city of Mountain View.

Posted by Doctor in question, a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2013 at 11:16 am

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Moving-On, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 31, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Whether this company is in downtown Palo Alto, or San Antonio Cirle--does it really matter? This company provides specialty services that most people don't utilize. It would be better located in a business park, than a retail zone.

It won't be missed.

Posted by Jim Kirk, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 31, 2013 at 5:22 pm

To Moving-On
Do You not want shopping diversity in our town?
When I needed a specialty light bulb for our celling fans, or our flood lights. Stanford electric had them. I also bought our entrance landing light there.
Now when I need similar items. I guess I'll spend my money at home depot in EPA, or Orchard in MV.

Posted by Moving-On, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 1:05 am

> Now when I need similar items. I guess I'll spend my money
> at home depot in EPA, or Orchard in MV.

And why would you not purchase from Stanford Electric, now located at San Antonio Circle in MV?

Why would you stop shopping for these specialty items from this company that seems to have been a source of supply for you, because they hapeen to be located 3 miles to the south?

You're logic is not very sound. Hopefully, Stanford's other customers will not be as reactive as you seem to be.

Posted by emily Renzel, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

This is sad news indeed. Stanford Electric could always be depended on to have the specialty items I have needed. Of course, I will continue to patronize them in Mountain View, but it is sad to lose this long time business from Palo Alto. Thank heavens Mountain View still has room for specialty businesses like Stanford Electric, Barron Park Supply, and Milk Pail. Hopefully, that will continue or Palo Altans may have to go to Sunnyvale next.

Posted by Stuart Berman, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

I'm sorry to see yet another local store go, but I'll follow them to Mountain View.

Posted by Randy Popp, a resident of Monroe Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

This should be a great location for them! Right next to Bruce Bauer and Custom & Security Hardware. Hard to call this location Mountain View since it's really only aboout 1 block out of the Palo Alto border. Easy to get to and still an excellent resource for all things related to lighting... They are an amazing community resource and I'm glad they are choosing to stay nearby.

Posted by I'll miss them., a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 11:43 am

Goodbye retail tax revenues. now we can drive for miles to get a bloody light bulb.

So much for smart growth.

Posted by Business traditions, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 12:19 pm

How very sad that a 99 year old Palo Alto landmark is uprooted for the sake of vanity. And even more concerning are the insensitive comments from oersons that appear not to value community businesses wish enhance tradition. How can anyone compare this store to Home Depot or other large chain store?

Posted by gina, a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 12:36 pm

as long as stanford electrics has long time loyal customers I can't see them going out of business any time soon no matter where they move to.

Posted by Katherine, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 1, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I'm sad to see Stanford Electric leave Palo Alto but I will continue to patronize them in Mountain View. Stanford Electric is my go to source for specialty fixtures and bulbs and electrical work I need done at my home. They have always been a strong supporter of youth sports....Palo Alto Little League for example and Paly football. I wish them well on their move and I will be calling on them soon for some work I need done around my house.
Unfortunately rent in downtown Palo Alto is too expensive for any independent merchants like Stanford Electric.

Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Now watch with shaking head and rolling eyes as our city government dutifully approves replacing this revenue-positive retail with revenue-negative offices.

Posted by Jean, a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I think their new location will eventually prove to be more profitable than their last. They'll keep most of their existing customer base and gain patrons in Mountain View. Their current location on High St. is really off the beaten path. San Antonio Circle is much improved. Good move, Stanford Electric Works!

Posted by Not too expensive, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Apparently the rent is not too expensive for the California Skin Institue, owned by Greg Morganroth, MD. He has four other offices, two nearby, already

Apparently, cosmetic surgery pays really, really well.

Posted by Losing It, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 1, 2013 at 4:08 pm

When the heck are people going to learn the difference between
"loosing" -- i.e., unfastening something
"losing" -- i.e., being deprived of something
<screeching sound of metal being cut here>

Posted by Ed, a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I have used them ofton over the years and neither OSH nor Home Depot is in the same ballpark for inventory, advice or service.
A good example for a reson to own your own property, but their new location is probably a more suitable business location. It is easy to get to among related businesses.

Posted by 510 Owner, a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 10:56 pm


We'll happily follow you to Mt View - but it is a loss for Palo Alto!

Posted by chris Machala, a resident of Mountain View
on Apr 3, 2013 at 3:22 pm

As the owner of Stanford Electric I would like to thank you all for the positive comments and say that I hope you will all visit us at our new location. Dr Morganroth is a very good businessman and a top notch MOHS surgeon and will be a assett to the community, please welcome him and his staff after we have moved. You will be getting a newly remodeled building designed by local arhitech Ken Hayes.
Again thank you for all the support
Chris Machala

Posted by Eddie, a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm

Stanford Electric has been and IS for those who appreciate quality and professionalism...

No one needs to show me the way to their new digs.

Good luck!! Our family will follow .

One of the few specialty stores where American made quality lamps can be ordered and purchased...

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