What Would You Like to See in These Empty Storefronts?

Multiple locations in downtown Redwood City are empty. What businesses would you like to see there?

Many retail spaces in downtown Redwood City stand empty today. Near them you'll find restaurants and businesses such as Cafe La Tartine, Le Boulanger, Chipotle and the Century 20 Theatres. 

If you could choose, what kind of businesses would you like in these locations? Tell us in the comments.

Cynthia Guzman February 22, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Tiki February 22, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Agree with Sarah--Woodside Plaza needs some upgrades. I did email Trader Joe's suggesting they check out McWhorter's empty space but their reply was 'not right now', something like that. And I don't care for Rite-Aid or Luckys either.
Nick H February 22, 2012 at 09:50 PM
For bookstores, there's a Barnes and Noble in the Sequoia Station. In addition, I check out the used bookstore under the Courthouse Museum when it's open, and I have yet to visit Kepler's or Feldman's Independent book stores in Menlo. Plus there's the Library not a block away. Most of the foot traffic is around the block bordered by Middlefield, Main, Broadway and Jefferson. Unless there's a movie I'm seeing, or some event on the Square, or there's something playing at the Fox or the Little Fox, I personally don't have much reason to venture towards the West side of downtown. I haven't even gone into many of the shops along Broadway and El Camino because they're so far "away" from the center. What downtown needs is not to be saturated with more restaurants, chain or otherwise. What it needs is to let people know what already exists there, and perhaps to add a variety of entertainment destinations. For those open storefronts, I like Skyz' idea of a Pool Hall/Arcade, as well as an Art Center/Galleries (Though, to be fair, I still haven't checked out Alana's Cafe/The Main Gallery off of Middlefield and Main yet).
Lisa Hicks February 23, 2012 at 04:49 AM
Trader Joe's! Trader Joe's! Trader Joe's!
Nick H February 23, 2012 at 07:10 AM
I love Trader Joe's too, but their San Carlos location is barely over a mile from downtown. Opening downtown or into the smaller Woodside Plaza former McWhorter's location wouldn't make much sense unless they were upgrading to a bigger and better/more parking accessible building.


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