TJ MAXX Coming To Castro Valley?

The MAC is in favor of a 25,000 sq. ft store around the corner from Peet's on Redwood Road. Some are concerned about traffic. It would take an appeal to slow things down.


Castro Valley could soon be home to a TJ MAXX.

On Monday the Municpal Advisory Council (MAC) recommended in favor of a developer's proposal to put a 25,000-square-foot store behind the Castro Village shopping center at Jamison Way and Redwood Road.

TJ MAXX is known for selling brand name clothes at discount prices.

USA Today has done an in-depth article about how the chain manages to pull off its pricing strategy, and looked at issues of quality versus name appeal.

According to the MAC agenda the developer will have to demolish three small residences and a manual car wash, located at 3543, 3577, 3579, and 3597 Jamison Way respectively, to clear space for the project. 

Alameda County Planning Director Albert Lopez said the developer's proposal is now sitting on his desk.

Lopez said he knows some residents are concerned about traffic, and pledged to take another look at the studies on that and other issues of public concern.

But given the MAC recommendation and the fact that the proposal is consistent with the zoning, Lopez could also approve the project as soon as this week.

Castro Valley resident Amanda Vitello has posted an online petition addressing the project. She writes:

TJ MAXX is coming to Castro Valley. Tax revenue and more shoppers in the Village is good. However, we strongly believe that the traffic and parking issues have not been properly addressed. We would like MAC to provide a detailed plan to mitigate these issues. If you agree, please click this link to sign our petition. Thanks!

Lopez said the process for appealing a decision would involve paying a $250 fee and writing a letter to the planning department stating the reasons for the request. After that a hearing would be arranged, likely within 30 days.

What do you think about the idea of a TJ MAXX coming to town?

Cathy Notter March 18, 2013 at 03:15 PM
I just wish this store would go into the old Daughtreys building. That would be a great place to have this sort of shop... plus the traffic wont be as bad and there is more parking.
Harold March 18, 2013 at 04:12 PM
Spoiler Alert: if this is built, and if you are on a tight schedule, don't travel on Redwood Road between 2 and 6pm. #howdoyouspellparkinggarage
Kern and Olga Lewis March 18, 2013 at 07:44 PM
The people behind this deal are doing it for the Village. They don't own the Daughtrey's building, and so are not involved with what happens to it. The County owns the Daughtrey's building, and are responsible for finding a tenant or owner for it. The scuttlebutt rumor was that they had a BevMo deal lined up that fell apart a few years ago. Or may still have a chance...
J Mcdonald March 18, 2013 at 07:46 PM
So what about the building between the car wash and the three small residences?
Kern and Olga Lewis March 18, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Your image is not quite accurate. The houses to be torn down are out of the picture to the left, so you may be giving a false impression of what change is coming. I do not believe the office and dental offices that you have in the center of your photo are going to be torn down.
Erin Padavana March 18, 2013 at 09:25 PM
Happy to see movement towards a downtown for Castro Valley. Traffic on Redwood is an issue - but not an impassable one! I keep repeating myself, but: Let's work together to make it happen, rather than find reasons it shouldn't. We can solve a traffic issue with street lights and turning lanes. I was at the MAC meeting when this was discussed, 41 new spots to an already unused parking area is what is proposed. I'm excited!!!!
tc March 18, 2013 at 11:28 PM
I'm happy to see TJ Max coming to Castro Valley, just not sure of its location. Redwood Rd. has always been a nightmare, why ad to it? After the so called street scape that took how many years to complete. I wonder if TJ Max will be built in my lifetime.
Michael Moore March 19, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Cat, you are right about the right locatin is the old Daughtrey's building which the county owns and our own Nate Miley could be leading forward to make the deal. Just drop by and ask good old Bob Swanson for why this should not happen. Why, you say would this perfectly smart move not happen? Because the county does not understand the value to the community of leasing the space and building a sales tax base with a successful business. The rumors about the BevMo deal are true, it was a possibility, but the county requirements for permitting a new liquor store do not make it. Too many other liquor stores would have to quit selling, including Lucky's and Safeway. Guess who put a stop that huh. Our good old supervisor. Now what could happen is that Nate and Bob could actively do something and put together the kind of deal that would suggest to TJ Maxx that they need to take the deal on Daughtreys rather than spending money on building from scratch. Of course neither one of these three: MAC, Miley and Swanson have a real clue and all are too tied to the special interests of Castro Valley. Instead they spend time making it hard for small business to get going and they go out of their way to encourage the collection of fees and permit requirements while ignoring the impact on the business.
jcl March 19, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Why another store that is just like Ross when what CV really needs are better quality restaurants like a real quality steak house, Italian Resturant, fish n chips, etc. The kind of resturants that are authentic n not the falsely cooked foods w/ limited amounts n greasy foods. El Ranch Steak House is a joke if you want real quality steak. Why have to travel out of your own for the real deal?? Why another competitor store? We need real food resturants not stores. Bring in a Walmart or Target then if want another store.
Bob Swanson March 19, 2013 at 05:39 AM
Hi Mr. Moore, Tonight at the MAC meeting it was reported out by Bill Lambert of Economic Development that negotiations have been and are underway with possible commercial developers for the Daugherty’s building. He is hoping to have this worked out sometime in the Fall. TJ Max is a store that the Castro Village Shopping Center is bringing to Castro Valley. They are not a client of the county. This is a business deal between two Corporations. The rest of your comments I respectfully disagree with. Bob Swanson Supervisor Nate Miley’s Office
Charlie Goldie March 19, 2013 at 03:51 PM
My question is how many additional parking spaces does the developer have to provide when building the new TJ Maxx location? Most evenings in CV the parking is full with Safeway, bowling alley and Ross. Could a multi-level parking garage help?
Paul Wesela March 26, 2013 at 04:11 AM
Most CV residents would also agree that good restaurants are lacking and would be a welcome edition to the Village. A large department store that would add to the horrendous parking at the Village and the horrible Redwood Road traffic is unwelcome and frankly unbelievable. From a resident that lives close to Proctor elementary school, the moring traffic can be more than 12+ minutes to travel a distance of 1.5 miles to the BART station because of the numerous lights (9 stop lights) & traffic already on Redwood Road. Adding a 25,000 foot department store would only add to the parking and trafic problems. Would certainly support the store in a different location that is not so impacted already. Redwood Road is at capacity already!
x March 26, 2013 at 03:45 PM
Actually, I think most may think we have enough restaurants in Castro Valley. Most may even go as far as to say that they serve good food. All we really need is for most of the existing restaurants to step it up and serve a better product. Buy fresh, not frozen. Serve simple tasty food, not greasy/dry garbage. I would be all for giving every last restaurant on my "never again" list another chance if I knew they're trying to step it up. As far as Redwood in the morning from Proctor to Bart ... you get that same problem in the school morning rush near all schools everywhere. It's a 7-9am & 2-4pm thing everywhere here (and probably most areas) around school zones. Short story ... don't live so close to schools or drive a different route during those hours. I live on a street with 2 schools on it as well, and it's a nightmare to leave or come home during those hours. Always has been, always will be ... even after the new drop off zones.
Randy Nahas March 29, 2013 at 10:23 PM
Randy Nahas You are right Erin, the Bowling Alley lot has been underutilized for over 30 years, the perseption that there is not enough parking comes from those why want to park in the front lot and not walk from the Bowling Alley lot.
Randy Nahas March 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Charlie, Safeway's expansion was approved with 30% fewer parking spaces then required by County code. The village with the TJMaxx will meet both County code and national standards.
KB April 03, 2013 at 01:27 AM
Shopping for clothing = Dublin = Hacienda Plaza Eating out and or Dining = Dublin = Hacienda Plaza Keep the us here! What we need is some type of chain like – a Chile’s, Chevy’s, Strizzi, Olive Garden, Fresh Choice, Armadillo Willys, Fuddruckers, Hooters, Texas Steak house… Listen to the people 
x April 03, 2013 at 02:08 AM
I think you are actually in the minority with that comment. I don't know many if any that are requesting a bunch of crappy chain food restaurants. Good food, yes. Quality food, yes. More chains like the ones you just listed, um, no.
Coco April 11, 2013 at 07:55 PM
If you lived next to the village you wouldn't be cheering on Nehas to build this store. I live behind the village and the parking is absolutely ridiculous. It's only going to increase the crime just like it did when it was at Bayfair Mall. I've lived in CV all my 58 years and have seen it go from a nice little town to a town that has no thought into planning and has become a joke. The biggest problem is we are not incorporated and we don't have our own police force like other large towns. We don't need this store right in the middle of a neighborhood! Tear down Daughtrey's and build it there or how about where Rite Aid is? That's the most wasted space in this whole valley. Oh, I forgot, the blvd improvement doesn't reach that far. Another poorly planned idea.


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