What Should Go Here: Vacant Storefront on the Boulevard

What business would you like to see occupy this space?

Located on the busy Castro Valley Boulevard across the street from  sits an empty storefront.

A few shops line this area known as the beginning of the boulevard.

If you could fill this vacant space, what business would you like to see go here?

Post your suggestions in the comments section below.

Mike's Daily Podcast March 30, 2012 at 02:01 AM
Is it big enough for a Crossfit?
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Hmm.. not sure. How big of a facility would a Crossfit need?
Michelle March 30, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Nancy Pascale March 30, 2012 at 10:52 PM
i love the Patch and this section of what should go here......if it were not for this, i would not have known there were so many empty places here in Castro Valley, and since i no longer read the newspaper, i rely on this information......thank you.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Aww, I'm so glad you enjoy these, Nancy. I'm drawn to business-related news (openings, closings, vacancies) like a moth to a flame.
Ken Martin March 31, 2012 at 04:46 PM
I'm happy to see you highlighting these empty commercial buildings. Apparently Castro Valley has no ongoing business procurement mechanism or organization in place. There is no visible activity in that area from the Chamber of Commerce, who should be in the forefront. Our Supervisors, judging from the rulings they make, certainly don't help much. (Did you know that Pete's Hardware has to PAY for a permit to display items in front of the store ON THEIR OWN PROPERTY! How "business friendly" is that? They also cannot put a sign on the east side of their building. The county says so.) And the Redevelopment Agency is gone. I think Patch is doing a good service here. Maybe someone will wake up soon and do something about all these vacancies. But I'm not holding my breath...
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) April 01, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Thanks for sharing that info, Ken. I didn't know that about Pete's but I'm actually not surprised. I know there are several rules and regulations in place regarding what businesses can put outside of their storefronts.
F. Yanez April 01, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Either an AT&T store or an apple store would fit well here.
Karen Alexander April 03, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Really depends on available parking. If there is not enough parking, almost nothing that generates a lot of clients at one time will work here, space may only be good for office tenant
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 04:34 PM
F. Yanez, Apple store? Really?! I was just at the one in Stoneridge and I never, EVER recall it being less than half packed with people. If an Apple store ever opened on the boulevard, I think traffic would definitely be an ongoing issue (even after the construction ends).. but the idea of not having to travel too far for Apple products would be cool =)
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Karen, true. There isn't much parking spots on CV Blvd. but I know there's parking lots in the back of these stores, along San Carole Ave.
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) April 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
I guess when I started doing these, I kind of had the hopes of a reader stumbling upon an empty storefront featured in this column and then say, "Hey! that'd be a perfect place to open my business!"
Ken Martin April 05, 2012 at 11:26 PM
At on time there was a plan afloat to connect all these little parking lots behind the buildings along the boulevard and make one big lot from which all the merchants would benefit. I'm not sure what happened to it but I suspect it was killed by the "not in my backward" tribe. Some people just can't seem to see the big picture.


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