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More Stores Close Up Shop In Broadway Plaza Eastern Wing

Stores are shutting their doors while others are moving in anticipation of demolition in a month or two

A nearly deserted eastern wing of Broadway Plaza on Thursday afternoon
A nearly deserted eastern wing of Broadway Plaza on Thursday afternoon
It's getting to look more and more like a ghost town in the eastern wing of Broadway Plaza.

More stores have closed the past week or two in anticipation of the scheduled demolition of 40 shops between Nordstrom and Macy's.

Stores in that section of the downtown shopping center have been told by the plaza owners to vacate by Jan. 31.

Many of them already have.

Some of the recent closures include Diva Diva, Ecco, Howard's Shoes for Children, Brookstone, Auntie Anne's Pretzels and Burberry.

They join other places, such as Yogurt Park and Claire's, that closed before or right after Christmas.

Most of the stores that remain open, such as Steve's Hallmark, are offering discounts of 50 percent or more in store clearance sales.

Banana Republic remains open while remodeling continues on the building across the street that they'll move into soon.

White House Black Market closed its store in that section of Broadway Plaza and has already opened in its new location across the street.

Macerich, the owners of the shopping center, plan to begin demolishing the eastern wing in the next couple months. They are going to rebuild the entire strip as well as the adjacent parking lots.

The Walnut Creek City Council approved the four-year, $250 million renovation plan in December.

WC-Independent January 16, 2014 at 08:05 PM
Improved parking,great!
JKI January 16, 2014 at 10:43 PM
The required "Act of Congress" legislation, H.R. 3080, that transfers certain control from Corps of Engineers to the City is still stuck right where it has been, no movement since last Oct. The MaceRich rep told the city council they couldn't move forward without Congress passing the legislation. Don't know if that affects the planned demo...
Jojo Potato January 16, 2014 at 11:08 PM
Thanks for the update. From what I can read the sticking point between the House and Senate comes down to the procedure to approve dredging projects for the Army corps of engineers. Since this is a classic GOP vs Dems battle, it might be stuck for a while. What does this have to do with WC? Nothing really but the creek needs to be rearranged under the stores before the changes can be made. So the city got our Rep Mr Miller to attach an amendment to that bill transferring jurisdiction for the creek from the Army to the county. The idea being that the county will do what the city wants without all those annoying environmental studies and reports. Stay tuned this could go on for a while...

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