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September 11, 2014

She sells sea shells by the South Shore

Filed under: Alameda, Business — Lauren Do @ 6:01 am

I don’t go to South Shore that often and probably will go even less once Alameda Landing opens, but I’v always found the pronouncements about South Shore being “dead” or that there are so many empty store fronts to be sort of odd.  Especially since the new owners have been working pretty diligently to fill up those empty store fronts.   The fact that they found someone to take over the abandoned Borders, which was all sorts of massive was pretty impressive.

So I looked on the South Shore website to see if I could find a map directory that would show how many vacant units are actually left.  The problem, South Shore hasn’t updated their map to reflect their new tenants yet:



The locations I’ve circles are businesses that have already moved in, or have placed “coming soon” signs up.   The unit labelled 825 between Daiso and Payless Shoe Source is Studio Grow which has already opened.  Location number 710 next to Old Navy and Starbucks is going to be a Bagel shop.  The Batting Cages next to Kohls will be the Best Lil Porkhouse.  They have a neat facade going up.   Location number 730 is slated to be a storefront for Alan Pinel Realtors.  And finally location 620 will be Charming Charlie and will eat up a considerable chunk of storefront space still available.   This leaves on 11 storefronts vacant (although I think the two spaces next to Best Lil Porkhouse is going to be part of Best Lil Porkhouse, I honestly didn’t check all that thoroughly).   This is not bad considering that the shopping center itself is in a difficult location and not well placed for regional shoppers like other malls.   It has a nice mix of familiar chain stores and super unique shops like Modern Mouse.

Although you know what South Shore is missing from Old South Shore?  A more casual pizza place.  I can’t remember what the old pizza place was anymore that was around where Old Navy is now, but given all the kid centric shops, a pizza parlor would be perfect for that demographic.



  1. Work at Best Lil Porkhouse is moving along fast. They were even working on weekends. They have started moving the furniture into Alan Pinel Realtors so that will be opening soon. The Bagel shop is coming very slow. On the negative side Anna’s Linens has shut down at this location so again there is a large vacant space available.

    Comment by frank M — September 11, 2014 @ 6:29 am

  2. Anna’s Linens corporate office is pretty clueless. They have a sign up directing the Alameda shoppers to go to…..Foothill Square in Oakland. They’d be better off directing people to a store farther away. I’d like to see Indian Snacks or Mid priced clothing, something between a boutique and Old Navy.

    Comment by Dt — September 11, 2014 @ 6:51 am

  3. Round Table Pizza was there originally and I believe after that is was called California Pizza? It was always busy as a Round Table, but dropped off when it changed. The problem was that the staff there was young and inexperienced and they had rap music playing, thus we and our friends beca,e loyal to LaVal’s and Round Table near Nob Hill.

    Comment by Bill — September 11, 2014 @ 7:47 am

  4. What about a Pier 1 Imports? The close proximity to the Bed Bad & Beyond store would attract the same type buyers.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 11, 2014 @ 8:01 am

  5. Meant to say Bed Bath & Beyond store…

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 11, 2014 @ 8:01 am

  6. Karen, don’t you hate it when spell check doesn’t correct it to the right word. On facebook I met to say carbs and it said crabs and gave everyone a good laugh because of the way I put it in a sentence.

    It will be nice to have a bagel place there. When Noah’s Bagels was there (in the same space as the bagel shop), I use to drive all the way over there on the weekend and get some breakfast bagels. The dog always liked going with me because he knew he was going to get a doggy bagel which they sold.

    Comment by Joseph — September 11, 2014 @ 8:25 am

  7. The mall owners and tenants should have a good idea of who they can attract to a mall not attached to the end of a freeway exit. Grocery is successful attracting a regional crowd, particularly from nearby parts of Oakland without big grocers. Try finding a parking spot on the grocery side of the mall during normal hours. Some of the restaurants, too, seem packed most of time: Trabocco, Sushi House, Chipotle, Applebee’s. I think a significant part of the customers for some or all of those are willing to make the trip despite no freeway access. (I also do not think that anything can or should be done to improve freeway access to the mall because to do so would mean increasing or speeding up traffic through purely residential zones, including the end of Park). My recommendations for the mall: (1) require that tenants use shopping carts with locks so you can’t take them out of the parking lot (they litter the surrounding neighborhood (at least on the other side of Willow); (2) if McDonald’s is a tenant (don’t know) the owner (or, if not, the City) should suggest or otherwise persuade the operator of the McDonald’s to send someone out for a half hour each day to the beach to pick up everything in sight with the letter “M” on it. (that is not a suggestion that “to go” not be served there, and I recognize that McD’s doesn’t control where the customer throw their trash, but it fouls one of the best spots in the city. Tenant wish list (but don’t know if they would survive): a non-Cantonese based Chinese restaurant (Alameda already has very good Cantonese) and non-fast-food Mexican. With those we would have the four basic food groups at the mall: Italian, Chinese, Mexican and Southern (Porkhouse)

    Comment by MP — September 11, 2014 @ 9:02 am

  8. Ok, I am convinced that The Anna’s space should become something between a Round Table Pizza and a Chuck E Cheese. I’ll start planting the idea in the broker’s head, whose name is on all the empty windows and is a friend of mine. I often joke he could win a city council seat on name recognition alone, though he lives in Lafayette.

    Comment by BMac — September 11, 2014 @ 10:08 am

  9. You mean like this? The Jungle.

    Comment by Lauren Do — September 11, 2014 @ 10:38 am

  10. awesome! another BBQ place is going in. Yay! What Alameda really needs, though, is another burger restaurant.

    Comment by AJ — September 11, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

  11. you can never have to many nail salons or burger joints.

    Comment by John P. — September 11, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

  12. Based on the latest news out of Radio Shack, they are darn close to running out of cash so I would not be surprised to see that location free up soon.

    Comment by Doug — September 11, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

  13. Noah’s Bagel’s was directly adjacent to Starbuck’s and was very popular, but they seemed they were driven out or chose to pack it in during the renovation. Never understood how the owners of the mall at time of renovation manged to let a popular business get away.

    Comment by MI — September 11, 2014 @ 5:39 pm

  14. I heard the same thing about Noah’s. We need to try and lure them back to Alameda.

    Comment by Karen Bey — September 11, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

  15. I think Noah’s was started in the Bay Area. I go to another bagel place but I really like Noah’s better.

    I don’t know about Radio Shack but I do see ad’s where they are adding new stores, and remodeling old ones into a new format, so it doesn’t sound like they are out of cash (I am not sure but I think they are a franchise). I think if AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobil, Version, Metro PCS would close down 3/4 of their retail stores our cell service would cost 1/2 as much…but then there would be a lot of retail people out of work, but you can get the same service info from a ‘Radio Shack outlet’, Best Buys, Costco, Target, Walmart, or online, ect…. I personally don’t go to Radio Shack but where I grew up they were a part of Tandy leather and I made a wallet for 4H (at one time a country boy) out of their products so I would hate to see Radio Shack close.

    Comment by Joseph — September 11, 2014 @ 6:57 pm

  16. #15. Joseph you are becoming Jon Spangler….be careful…(sorry Jon)

    Comment by J.E.A. — September 11, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

  17. After Round Table it was Paradise Pizza.

    Comment by Mike — September 11, 2014 @ 11:51 pm

  18. ABC Bagels @ 4th and Broadway in JLS is the closest to a real bagel I’ve found in the Bay Area. They are boiled and they have no shelf life but they are good.

    Comment by frank M — September 12, 2014 @ 5:54 am

  19. Radio Shack has been staring Chapter 11 in the face for more than a year. There was some hope last year that a strong December would help but no such luck. Their debt trades at approx. 35 cents on the dollar now; recovery from that level of distress is extremely rare.

    Comment by dave — September 12, 2014 @ 6:41 am

  20. #16 what is wrong with being like Jon Spangler?

    Comment by Joseph — September 12, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

  21. They have a new place called Plank in the old Barnes and Nobel store at Jack London…if Catellus provided the water taxi from Alameda Landing to Jack London Square as they promised it would be a fun place to go. Plus they have a lot of nice little restaurants over there

    Comment by Joseph — September 12, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

  22. #20 Joseph, nothing is wrong with being like Jon Spangler. I like him and you both. Even though you eat crummy pizza.

    Comment by John P. — September 13, 2014 @ 9:52 am

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