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Visions for Vacancies: El Cerrito Plaza

What would you like to see fill this vacancy at El Cerrito Plaza?

Last May, Foley & Bonny closed their shop in El Cerrito Plaza after 66 years in business.  The space is still vacant so we would like to know what you would like to see here.

This space is in the part of El Cerrito Plaza where Jo-Ann Fabrics, Petco, and Supercuts is located. This space was previously occupied by Foley & Bonny, a men and women’s clothing store, that has been in the area for 66 years, and has been part of El Cerrito Plaza since it was first built in 1960. However, El Cerrito Plaza has been rebuilt and remodeled since then so this particular space is not that old.

What type of business do you think is missing from El Cerrito Plaza?

Please submit your suggestions on Spotmojo using this link: http://www.spotmojo.com/openspot/ecplaza/

You can also use the code "ECPlaza" to find this spot on Spotmojo.com.

El Cerrito Patch is working with Spotmojo to collect your suggestions for vacancies. Spotmojo is a website where you can suggest the businesses you want where you live, work, or play. The suggestions are provided to new businesses and commercial real estate brokers to help new businesses find their ideal location. This gives you a voice in the businesses that open in your neighborhood and it helps local businesses succeed.

THOMAS BUELL February 08, 2013 at 02:40 AM
I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO SEE THE " IT CLUB " RESTORED , AS A TRIBUTE O "BA BA BABET " !!!! A CHECK YOUR GUN AT THE DOOR !!!!!! WITH A 22. CAL. LONG RIFLE SHOOTING RANGE & A CUPIE BOOTH AVAILIBLE WITH PRIZES , TOY GUNS , GOLD FISH ETC. !!! A TOURIST ATTRACTION FOR SURE , & A STRESS REMOVER !!!!!! WALRUS " TOM BUELL "
Denise Sangster February 08, 2013 at 03:18 AM
The City needs to diversify its tax revenues and attract good businesses that can generate sales tax to help our City. With El Cerrito in the second highest sales tax bracket in the State, I think a prospective business is going to want to see the sales tax history to determine if people are shopping here and the declining sales tax revenue might give then pause...
TOM BUELL February 08, 2013 at 03:33 AM
AND A SPELLING TUTOR AT BOTH THE FRONT & BACK DOOR OF ALL BUSINESS WITHIN 35 MILES OF ANY SCHOOL IN THE GREATER EL CERRITO SCHOOL SYSTEM !! AND TWICE THE NUMBER OF TUTORS AT LONGS & LUCKYS !!!! NO TUTORS ALLOWED AT TOM McCANS SHOES !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OR THE " OLD WEST GUN STORE " , A PLACE THAT WILL NEVER NEED RESTOREING !!!!!!!?
David February 08, 2013 at 03:49 AM
I would agree with a Good apparel store, a good non chain restaurant, But first they need to design that crazy entrance from Fairmont. Those stop signs?? So who has the next right of way. So many near misses with other cars & even sometimes pedestrians. To many ways to look. .
sylvia elsbury February 08, 2013 at 04:30 AM
As long as nothing is done about all the BART parkers using the Plaza, doesn't matter what business goes in there. I have taken to waiting til after dinner to go, can't find parking in the daytime.
Beckie February 08, 2013 at 04:36 AM
I agree the parking situation has gotten way out of hand. Parking is scarce throughout the day, every day of the week. If there really are BART riders using parking spaces, they need someone to patrol the lots and somehow determine which cars are abusing they system and ticket them.
Mary Wives February 08, 2013 at 05:10 AM
A liquor store.
David February 08, 2013 at 05:26 AM
I remember a man named Les A. back many years ago that used to ticket cars. This was before BART began. We would park on the west side of the Plaza by San Pablo Ave & catch the bus. After work a few times I would arrive only to have a ticket on my windshield.
TOM BUELL February 08, 2013 at 05:31 AM
MAYBE THE SOLUTION WOULD BE A MULTI - LEVEL COMBINATION BART PARKING GARAGE WITH A SHOPPING MALL ON EACH FLOOR & A INDIAN CASINO INTHE BASEMENT LEVEL , WITH OVER NIGHT FREE PARKING ! ------- _____ +++ ( SO MUCH FOR SAN PABLO !!! ) TOM CLASS OF "62 "
Robin M. Blind February 08, 2013 at 05:33 AM
And I remember a man named Moore!
TOM BUELL February 08, 2013 at 06:01 AM
I FORGOT ! ( OLDTIMERS ) THE MULTI GARAGE MALL SHOULD HAVE A " DRIVE - IN " ON THE TOP FLOOR , DUSK TO DAWN SHOWINGS ( THEY WILL NOT BRAKE INTO YOUR HOME IF THEY ARE BUSY AT THE DRIVE-IN !!!! ) PLANT POTTED TREES (OR SHRUBS ? ) AROUND THE THIS DRIVE-IN , TO HELP CLEAN UP THE STANDARD OIL AIR !!! PERFECT !
TOM BUELL February 08, 2013 at 06:27 AM
ROBIN M. BLIND , THERE WAS A OFFICER MOORE ,THAT DROVE A 3 WHEEL MOTORCYCLE UP & DOWN SAN PABLO AV. GIVING OUT PARKING TICKETS !!!! HE ALSO RAN THE SCHOOL TRAFFIC PATROL FOR THE EL CERRITO GRADE SCHOOLS !!! A FINE INDIVIDUAL !!!!!!!!!!!!!! CLASS OF "62"
CJ February 08, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Studio Grow is what a mile from the Plaza? Pretty local...
Anne Twanette February 08, 2013 at 04:29 PM
could someone disable his caps lock?
TOM BUELL February 08, 2013 at 05:05 PM
SORRY ANN I DID NOT KnoW THAT YOU ARe disabled ! tom buell CLASS OF "62 "
Mary Abraham February 08, 2013 at 06:08 PM
I completely agree. I do not want another chain restaurant or chain store.
Borris Batanov February 08, 2013 at 06:34 PM
Right, what we need is still another over-priced, shabby, local restaurant serving ethnic or "organic/vegetarian" food -- legendary, classic American comic Will Rogers said it all when he said, "Never trust a vegetarian." One thing the East Bay doesn't need is another Asian or Mexican restaurant. At least Outback is mainstream American turf & surf, which is a hell of lot classier than the Romano's Macaroni Grill located at the San Pablo Ave. entrance to the EC Plaza. Outbacks, btw, serve healthy fish dinners and have family-friendly bars, which the socialist republic of EC doesn't have even one of.
Kathy C February 08, 2013 at 08:40 PM
It's not a very large space so unlikely to attract any chain other than fast food. Is there some kind of specialty niche that would attract shoppers? Maybe something unusual like an art gallery for local artisans, a playspace or gymboree for little ones, a space for classes to learn how to do ....home repair, watercolors, gardening, whatever. Maybe a reasonably priced meeting room for community rental???
TOM BUELL February 08, 2013 at 09:43 PM
RIGHT ONE KATHY !!!! - TOM CAPSTUCK CLASS ------ OF "62"
Kathy A. February 08, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Maybe a store with quality previously-used books, small gifts, interesting toys, and pretty cards? I'd stop by such a place. I don't have any idea what the rent would be. The UPS/mailbox place across the plaza had to move to smaller quarters; some combo of rents going up and sprint being willing to pay more. (How many large phone stores does one plaza need? Apparently several.) The costs for rent, utilities, employees are likely a problem for a new enterprise. The EC Community Center offers classes and EC also has some meeting spaces available. The used book competition is the recycling center (where people wishing to re-sell scoop up the good books), and the free book exchange on San Pablo (which reserves the nicest books for resale to support its costs, and does not sort the rest very well). I'd really like to see a well-run store with gently-used books in some order, and something better in the way of cards and gifts than CVS offers (a low bar), and more unique than B&N offers (chain store).
Mary Wives February 09, 2013 at 01:59 AM
Oh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I see we have some tiiiiiiiiiiiiiiime on our hands!
kc February 09, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Think there's already a Gymboree above GNC/Trader Joes
kc February 09, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Sweet Tomatoes
EClover February 09, 2013 at 05:57 AM
Another one? There's one a few blocks away on San Pablo.
Teri F. February 09, 2013 at 07:45 PM
YES!
Teri F. February 09, 2013 at 07:50 PM
I'd love to see lots of trees, also.
Dorothy Coakley March 04, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Nope, I think he was "Officer Morris." He was a hefty man with a sense of humor. I still have my "Junior Traffic Patrol" card from Harding school with his signature on it. Oh, and if I remember correctly Tom... you, Jim Poshard, Dennis Beaver, Jay Clark and a few others were also Junior Traffic Officers. But I digress.
Evelyn B April 09, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Yes, I'd love to have a Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in the El Cerrito area. I don't think it would fit in the spot mentioned at the Plaza though.
Evelyn B April 09, 2013 at 05:45 PM
My main gripe with El Cerrito Plaza is how pedestrian-unfriendly it is. For starters, if you are walking to the Plaza from BART (or from that direction), you have to walk basically a block out of the way to enter the Plaza. There should be a walkway into the Plaza from the corner between the video store and Ross. I used to always cut through the UPS store to shorten my walk, but now they moved and don't have a door to Fairmont anymore, the cellphone store door to Fairmont doesn't always work, and the video store has the unfriendly sign on the door banning walk-through traffic. Then once in the Plaza, it isn't easy walking from one store to another if they're in a different section - there aren't enough sidewalks or crosswalks connecting the different areas. Boo El Cerrito for having a shopping center next to BART and not making it pedestrian-friendly.
Kay Shen April 12, 2013 at 07:52 AM
How about a 24 Hour fitness at the old Safeway on Moser.

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