Blogging Bayport Alameda

July 11, 2019

Shop til you stop

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

I suppose since everyone else is writing about their experience at the Jamestown aka South Shore mega-development-to-ruin-everything-that-is-good-and-awesome-about-Alameda event on either Tuesday or Wednesday that I should also write about my experience and thoughts as well.

I took no pictures and asked no questions.

Essentially I have no proof that I was there other than my glossy brochure which has surely been thrown in the recycling by my type A neat freak spouse.  So, I guess, none now.

First, I got lost.  Not to South Shore.  I got there just fine.  I got lost finding where the event was held.  I literally walked through the whole of the South Shore center through the dead center then walked around the perimeter until I spotted it.  Suffice it to say I was cranky upon arrival.

The plastic tent which I’m sure was an awesome idea on paper because it was super lovely was also super hot inside.  It looked like a really neat reception inside full of nice seating and mingley areas but I wanted a presentation not a schmooze fest.  So I bailed.

Everything there appeared to be what was already available on the website.  The one thing I did learn from the glossy brochure was that phases 3, 4, and 5 would only occur when and if the current tenants vacate those spaces.  So I guess as long as Ross wants to rent that space it will still be Ross.  Same with Kohls and whatever else is there.


Which means that the best thing you can do to avoid development in phases 3, 4, and 5 is to, I guess, shop Kohls and Ross to forever keep them in business and willing to throw money at a chance to continue to lease at that particular site.


  1. The prior owner of the South Shore shopping center made an offer to Mervyns for lease renewal that would have required Mervyn’s to build additional parking. Mervyns turned down the offer and hence Kohls moved in without having to build additional parking. The Mervyns Alameda store was a good store but landlord can make it untenable to stay if they want to.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — July 11, 2019 @ 7:59 am

  2. Statewide we seem to going the wrong way in addressing the housing shortage.

    Comment by Mike McMahon — July 11, 2019 @ 4:35 pm

  3. Isn’t that courthouse really oddly placed? Anybody know the history behind that?

    Comment by michonnekatana — July 11, 2019 @ 11:20 pm

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