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The Former A-1 Vacuum & Sewing

What would you like to see in the former A-1 Vacuum & Sewing space, next to Bank of America on Park Street?

This week we’d like to get your feedback on the space that was once the A-1 Vacuum & Sewing shop at 1502 Park St. at Santa Clara, right next to the Bank of America.

I spoke with the broker to see what types of businesses could work here and he gave some good guidelines.

First off, it's very unlikely that it could be a restaurant. The building doesn’t have gas and it would be prohibitively expensive for anyone to install a gas line here.

The broker envisions some type of retail store. He thinks some type of apparel, shoes, etc. could work here, but would consider other types of retail.

The space measures 2,500 square feet and rent is going to be in the $5,500/month range. The rent is not cheap so it has to be something with a fairly broad appeal to stay viable.

Another note: Bank of America leases the entire building and is subleasing out this space. Since the space is located right next to them, they would prefer something that would enhance that block but at the very least not something that might offend its customers or hurt its image.

Alameda Patch has partnered with Spotmojo to collect your suggestions.  The suggestions submitted on Spotmojo will go directly to the broker and potential businesses that they'll use to try to make it happen. You can make your suggestions in the comments section below, but please note, your suggestions will only count if posted on Spotmojo.

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.

Please use this link to suggest on Spotmojo: http://www.spotmojo.com/openspot/1502park/

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Tom Brody December 07, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Oh no, not another closed business. It seems like the City of Alameda is trying to be like Camden, New Jersey. More than any other city in the United States of America, Camden, NJ is known for its business failures. Please see the book, "After the Fall," by Prof. Howard Gillette. Anyway, here is a list of businesses not to have: (1) Nail shop; (2) Fast food restaurant; (3) Second hand store; (4) Jewelry store. Here is a list of businesses that would be good to have on Park Street: (1) Zachary's Pizza; (2) Korean restaurant; (3) Nanotechnology company; (4) Computer software company; (5) Business incubator.
Jasmine Tokuda December 09, 2012 at 10:04 PM
I was just checking that space out last week. The way the windows and doorway are arrayed, it has exceptional display for retail in front, apparel, gifts, imports or maybe antiques. If the owner was willing to rebuild the front to the sidewalk with an inset for the door, it would invite more options. Also having evening hours, so people out for movies or dinner can stop in would probably help it's success.
Bay Farm Parent December 10, 2012 at 09:00 PM
@Jasmine Tokuda: Great suggestions. ITA that the businesses on Park Street should stay open later so that those of us who have to work for a living (the shame of it!) would still be able to patronize those businesses on weekdays. Especially since I get tired of the "support small businesses" refrain (which I try to do), when it feels like the businesses don't make an effort to be convenient to patronize.
Julie Kotovsky December 13, 2012 at 07:26 PM
a salad bar! no gas needed.
bette page January 03, 2013 at 06:56 PM
with all due respect Tom, I think we should keep park street retail, not corporate businesses. We have a business park near marina square for that.


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