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Harbor Bay Shopping Center

What would you like to fill the vacancies at Harbor Bay Shopping Center?

This week we’re going to Alameda’s Bay Farm Island and ask for your suggestions to help the Harbor Bay Shopping Center get its mojo back. According to Loopnet, there are nine vacancies.  

It's anchored by Safeway and CVS and has several smaller businesses including Anytime Fitness, Angel Fish Japanese Restaurant, Coffee and Tea Traders, and others. Last month China Villa moved in, but there are still nine vacancies.

A couple of years ago there was some controversy over all the vacancies that appears to have been mostly caused by the slow economy and the landlord raising rents.  

In this uncertain economy its difficult for someone to take the plunge and start a new business. But we think if the community clearly says what they will spend their money on, it might provide the certainty they need to start a new business.

So what types of businesses would you like to see move into Harbor View? Please submit your suggestions on Spotmojo using this link:  
http://www.spotmojo.com/openspot/harborbay/

Alameda Patch has partnered with Spotmojo to collect your suggestions. The suggestions submitted on Spotmojo will go to the broker and potential businesses. You can make your suggestions in the comments section below, but please note, your suggestions posted on Spotmojo will go directly to the broker and potential businesses.

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.

Carol Parker January 11, 2013 at 07:35 PM
I wish that better use could be made of the center during evening hours. There are two places with outdoor seating, neither of which are used at night. What about a coffee shop open in the evening, a cafe or NY Deli that was open beyond daytime hours. Other thoughts include a satellite location of Toy Safari, Pagano's or a Kinko's. It would be terrific if there could be a Harbor Bay branch of Mastick Senior Center. Many original owners at Harbor Bay are getting older and there is Water's Edge next door with a ready-made supply of seniors who could be served. Please no more real estate offices, title companies or the like. No nail or hair salons. What about a Kaiser outpatient or urgent care clinic that could serve the business park employers as well as the neighborhood? It would be great to get Bank of Alameda back (even if they only put an ATM there.) Of course, there continues to be buzz in the neighborhood that until there is a new owner tenants will flee the high rents. I know the last gift shop couldn't make a go of it, but what about a branch of Modern Mouse that sells things on consignment - original artists' creations? Mostly I would just like to see it better lit and more things open in the evening. Not just sit-down restaurants, but affordable places people can pop in and out of and eat outdoors.
Carol Parker January 13, 2013 at 10:33 AM
Here is an article and video about the center that appeared on Alameda Patch awhile ago. http://alameda.patch.com/articles/vacancies-at-harbor-bay-landing-draw-criticism Another business that we don't have on Bay Farm is a veterinarian.
Carol Parker January 16, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Later Loopnet posting shows 12 vacancies at the center http://www.loopnet.com/xNet/MainSite/Listing/Profile/Profile.aspx?LID=17957631&linkcode=13850&FromPPPP=true
Frances Kawaguchi February 14, 2013 at 05:31 PM
No, don't add competition to Coffee & Tea Traders. They're one constant that has been there for years.
Frances Kawaguchi February 14, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Turnstile is right: fix up the place! It is in such disrepair. No one will rent because they have to put in $$$ to fix up the space first. But I constantly hear that the conglomerate that owns the shopping center doesn't care. Their portfolio of investments are so large, what's a little loss in their books? So there's no incentive for them to improve it. But they keep raising rent without regard to the business. What can we do to make the owners listen? I wish we could find new investors to buy the shopping center from them. Who are the owners anyway?

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