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Sears closing / Home Depot

Original post made by chris, University South, on Jan 13, 2007

Sears at San Antonio in now having its store closing sale and it is the busiest I have seen it. Their lease runs out in March.

Is Home Depot still on the hook to take it over or is its corporate upheaval causing it to have second thoughts?

I have not seen anything about this on this board since last summer.

Comments (4)

Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jan 13, 2007 at 6:11 pm

Good for Mt View. Building up their sale tax base while Palo Alto closes grocery stores, auto dealerships, hotels and builds soccer fields on the the most $$$ intersection in the city. Again, GOOD FOR THEM!

Posted by bikes2work
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 18, 2007 at 2:41 pm

It does still look like Home Depot is coming to replace the Sears. Just be glad Fry's Electronics didn't want to move. That would have been a much better location than the one they have tucked away on Portage Ave.

Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 19, 2007 at 10:52 pm

Oh great. I filled out an extremely poorly designed survey for Home Depot, and I have a very bad feeling that it played into their extremely poor decision to place a Home Depot at the Sears site. Most of the people I know in Los Altos, Mountain View, and Palo Alto near there are pretty upset about the prospect of Home Depot moving in there. There are many businesses that can go in that same location and bring in sales tax without ruining the neighborhood and bringing the truck traffic and construction element (sorry, but facts are that it increases crime, which is one of the reasons for the many movements across the country to keep Home Depots out of inappropriate locations).

Home Depot managed its Expo locations so poorly -- understaffing them so badly that it was almost impossible to buy anything -- they would have done better to fix the problems with locations they'd already put money into than forcing another one Mountain View -- where they've already faced significant opposition in locating a store in what was a far better site.

For those who don't remember, the old Emporium site at Grant Road and El Camino (right off 101 and 85) was slated for a Home Depot, but they needed some kind of zoning change which voters in Mountain View nixed so that HD could not move there. This was a vote by citizens of Mountain View against locating a Home Depot in the city, yet here HD is again forcing a store in a less accessible, less appropriate location in Mountain View. Just for Tim's benefit, let me point this out again, that Mountain View citizens resoundingly rejected having a HD there, and just as many (if not more) are against the store at San Antonio, they just don't have the same ability to keep them out. With that kind of corporate attitude, no wonder Home Depot is having problems. I've been a big customer until now, but if they locate a store at the old Sears site, I will never shop there again.

Posted by iCN3o
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 2, 2007 at 2:21 pm

I’m a home owner at The Crossings, the townhouse community behind the San Antonio Mall. I too feel HomeDepot is not the best type of business to go in there for a variety of reason previously mentioned (e.g., traffic, noise, day laborers, hours of operation, etc.).

Can someone comment on what are the mechanisms available to us to express our opposition to the “decision makers”?

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