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San Lorenzo's Orchard Supply Hardware to Close, Employees Say

An employee of the home improvement and garden retailer on Lewelling Boulevard told Patch that the store is expected to close but did not provide details as to when or why.

A San Lorenzo home improvement and garden retailer may be closing according to a store employee.

On Friday afternoon, an employee of told Castro Valley Patch that it is expected to close but did not provide specific details as to when or why.

Several readers also contacted Patch saying they heard this from other employees at the store as well.

Patch called Rick Saunders, Director of Marketing at OSH asking if he could confirm the employees' claim. He did not wish to release any information.

Located at 177 Lewelling Blvd., OSH is one of several businesses in the midst of the Lewelling Streetscape project by Public Works. Project Manager James Chu expects the .

He did not know about the possible closure of the store or whether construction had anything to do with it. 

Castro Valley Patch will update this story as more information is made available.

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Analisa Harangozo (Editor) July 02, 2012 at 04:16 PM
There's been numerous assumptions on the reasoning behind the possible closure. Corporate has been tight light about it and said I would need to wait for a media/public release on it. Despite many folks including myself hearing from employees that it's expected to close, I did not get much detail from the employee I spoke with on the when/why.
Wulf Bieschke July 02, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Sorry for showing my frustration, Yes it would be terrible for another business to close in the unincorporated area, My frustration lies with the county and this project taking this long. Driving this section of road day after day and seeing no one working (except on a Sunday when overtime is paid) and expressing that concern at public meetings as far back as almost two years ago and no results.
Debbie July 02, 2012 at 05:43 PM
This is ridiculous! I agree with all the previous posts - if not for the lengthy streetscape project, this wouldn't be happening! This store has the best customer service and their garden department is so much nicer than the closest other two OSH stores. Don't close it!!
Keith Barros July 02, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Also email to administrator@slvha.com
Gary Allsebrook July 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Must be the same contractor as the Castro Valley streetscape project ;-( I really like OSH and I am sure that when the bean counters were looking at individual store performance they didn't consider the impact that the traffic flow had on revenues. The San Leandro store is smaller and you have to pass through the dreaded red light camera trap to get there (the MOST profitable in the city - $1.4M during a 3 month period the last time the numbers were reported). Be sure you make a complete stop before the crosswalk (making a right on red) or you will get a $480 ticket. (ask me how I know this). When I was videoing the intersection 5 out of 6 cars got tickets during 1 cycle...
Jim M July 02, 2012 at 06:13 PM
I always liked OSH since they had a really good selection of parts for crafters and small repairs. The wood supply is small, but it always seems to be of good quality. I talked to a fellow who works there a few months ago and he said it was good to be gone from Sears. They could now start stocking things people want to buy. I guess the moral of the story is : Keep supporting Pete's and hope OSH doesn't close the store on Floresta. I checked Yahoo finance and they reported a loss for the quarter, but positive store sales. They also plan to open three new stores and remodel others. Could this be a closing for remodeling?
Beverly Kral July 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM
This store closing after 40 yrs will be devastating for the community...
Marti Hunter July 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Go to http://www.change.org/ and start an internet petition. It has worked for many groups, people and organizations. I Don't live on Hampton Rd. in Hayward any more but use to go to OSH often. I would definitely sign it if you start one. Margaret (Marti) Hunter
Carol Parker July 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I got nailed there not coming to a complete stop a few years ago while making a right turn. I thought I had, but the camera said otherwise.It is the only ticket of that sort I have ever received in my life. Now when I stop I count to 10 before even thinking about turning right in San Leandro. The cameras are all over town. I think at the time it was $417 out of pocket for the ticket PLUS all day at traffic school and the traffic school cost. Yes, indeed, it is a corner to be very careful at.
Mario C July 02, 2012 at 09:27 PM
WOW. Soon enough San Lorenzo will be a just a ghost town. So sad to see just about every single business leaving, who is next. luckys?
Ken July 02, 2012 at 11:32 PM
OSH has always been caught between the local Ace (in my case Pete's), which offer really superior customer service, and big-box stores that offer none.
Thomas Clarke July 03, 2012 at 12:37 AM
If any of you actually care, and I suspect that you like me have always preferred Pete's, then you should take out your anger in voting out of office all of the Alameda County Supervisors and their staff who have allowed the ongoing Lewelling work and Castro Valley Blvd work to last so long that they destroyed an a lot of fine struggling businesses. It is time to toss Nate and Wilma out on their collective ears for screwing customers and business.
JJH July 03, 2012 at 04:33 AM
One of a growing list of reasons that my family and I don't do any business in San Leandro.
JJH July 03, 2012 at 04:41 AM
How is it that the streetscape projects have taken so long ? I'm sure that it's part of the reason that OSH is closing the store.
Patti July 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM
the "street scape" project was the most pooly planned project ever....and over and over we were told at the Ashland redevelopment mtg that it would look so nice when it was done.....with the closing of Taco Bell and now OSH we will have lovely streets for who???? all involved in this mess should get fired! how are we going to replace the sales taxes lost?
David Ross July 03, 2012 at 04:02 PM
What takes them so long? They are government projects led by people who are incapable of making correct decisions.
Gary Allsebrook July 04, 2012 at 04:45 PM
Hopefully new and even better businesses will take their place but you can see how well that worked out at the old Mervyn's site. When I drove through Castro Valley downtown yesterday, I didn't see a single contractor on the job. Obviously the contract didn't have a performance clause. We need these types of beautification projects but do they need to take so long? Back to the topic, maybe Walmart and Home Depot played a role in OSH decision to close (we think).
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) July 05, 2012 at 06:59 PM
*tight lipped
Keith Barros July 05, 2012 at 07:06 PM
The moral of the story is: Get back to OSH on Lewelling now more than ever and support the case for keeping it open. The heck with the Floresta store. If they close our OSH on Lewelling, we should NEVER shop at the Floresta store. And contact the parties named in comment #1.
Keith Barros July 05, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Don't worry. Someone will step up to solve the vacant problem of vacant businesses with rezoning for govenment-sponsored housing to support and possibly grow multiple government agencies so the public can become increasingly dependent upon them. This way the bureaucrats, funded by our tax dollars, can use their infinite wisdom to set the course for our communities' future in spite of where we would like it go. "Everything will be fine. Just WAIT." Or...................... Get in there and start slugging and keep it up until you either knock some sense into them, or knock them out.
Keith Barros July 05, 2012 at 10:13 PM
No performance clause equals poor performance. I guess the businesses were expendable. What is the goal?
Rene' B. July 06, 2012 at 06:40 PM
I'm very disappointed to read that the OSH in San Lorenzo is closing. It has always been one of my favorite stores, the one I always go to for plants, gardening supplies and garden decorations, and household items that they carry. Is this another business that has "gone under" because of these street beautification projects? If so, this is just like Castro Valley in that by the time the beautification project is completed, there will be few businesses left. What needs to be done to keep OSH there? I'm available to help.
Keith Barros July 06, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Dear R. Besold, If you want to help, please start by making contact with all the parties named in comment #1 of this article and ask others to do the same. It can make the difference between keeping the store open or letting it close down.
L. Turner July 15, 2012 at 03:35 PM
When the county decided that they needed to put in the sidewalks and street improvements they demolished all the little businesses that were on Lewellewn Blvd next to the Orchard. It seems that the Alameda County Redevelopment agency was more interested in "prettying" the street with new sidewalks and walkways than helping businesses stay viable. They don't have to worry about making a payroll or drawing in customers to stay viable. They have their jobs regardless of the economy of the area. I guess the loss of business on that street is collateral damage but the most important thing is they got their sidewalks in. I can't tell you happy I am that Brown dismantled cities and counties redevelopment agencies. They were nothing but pork projects without need of approval of the taxpayers. Look at the old Daughtrey Department store they purchased with our tax dollars. Now it sits empty with the county unable to find a buyer or a renter. What a great way to spend $900,000 of our tax dollars.
Paul Vargas July 15, 2012 at 04:55 PM
I remember when the place was Angel's. Orchard Supply has been closing numerous locations in the Bay Area. I know they had two in Antioch and closed the one by the Delta Faire Mall.
Gary Allsebrook July 15, 2012 at 05:18 PM
As all of you know, I am also critical of the planning, and coordination of the street scape projects, in general, but the contractor had some interesting comments (Castro Valley Times) about the county and other players involved- EBMUD & PG&E, in particular. All of the cities that have implemented street beautificaton have revitalized those areas. Yes there were casualties, mostly marginal businesses, but they were soon replaced by better ones. Patience is a virtue...
Gary Allsebrook July 21, 2012 at 09:43 PM
I was in OSH yesterday and 2 different employees informed me that corporate has already sold the building (which they owned) and will close the store in December. The San Leandro store is being updated and is a leased location. The employees have no doubt that the streetscape project dramatically impacted sales. Sadly, the employees will not not be transferred to other OSH stores.
Patti August 07, 2012 at 08:35 PM
did you tell the employee's patience is a virtue?
Ex Associate August 30, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Those employees will have no problems getting other jobs! Home Depot and Lowes value the Legendary Customer Service"
Ron Lapum April 06, 2013 at 12:55 AM
Is it possible that Pete's could expand into an additional store at this location? On another note, why are ther two sets of light poles and lights in this foolishly conceived street beautification project?

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