The Gap Closing, Burger King Remodeling, Bruce’s Barbershop Opens, Brandy Melville Coming, Forever 21 Spared
Our periodic Restaurant & Retail report with recent business closures, openings and news across Emeryville.
Burger King Remodel
Burger King began construction on an overdue remodel of its Powell Street Plaza location last month. The plans includes renovated bathrooms, a new entrance and a reconfigured drive thru.
The E’ville Eye broke the news in 2016 that In-N-Out was considering moving into the space. They withdrew their permit in 2017 amid questions of traffic and parking impacts.
The BK drive-thru remains open during construction.
The Gap Closing Bay Street Location
Bay Street anchor tenant The Gap has announced their closure by offering initial discounts of 30-50%. The news was a surprise, but not entirely shocking as the clothing retailer has had well documented struggles. Last March, they announced the closure of 230 stores in the next two years.
They will close for good on January 26th.
Bruce’s Barbers Opens at Public Market Emeryville
Bruce’s Barbers officially opened on November 22 after announcing their lease back in June. They are located in the “Breezeway” area of the Public Market behind Peet’s.
Bruce’s offers six chairs for hair and one for specialized skin services. The specialize in short barber style haircuts/beard trims and straight razor shaves. Appointments can be booked online.
Bay Street Forever 21 Spared from Closures?
Fans of the local Forever 21 can breath a sigh of relief for now. The bankrupt clothing retailer recently announced a list of five closures in the Bay Area. The Bay Street location was not among them.
The announced closures include SF’s Stockton Street store, San Mateo’s Hillsdale Shopping Center, Fairfield’s Solano mall, San Rafael’s Northgate mall and the Tanforan shops in San Bruno. These stores are expected to close after the Holiday shopping season on Jan. 5. At least 515 workers are expected to lose their jobs in California.
Brandy Melville Opening
Brandy Melville, a clothing and fashion accessories brand that caters to teenage girls and young women, recently announced they would be opening a Bay Street Location. They will occupy the former Arts Africains space who recently moved a few storefronts down.
The Italian founded retailer opened their first location in 2009 and have grown to around 100 locations.
Construction at the space is underway and they have targeted a winter grand opening.
Grato Burgers Reopens as “The Meat Up”
Berkeleyside Nosh editor Sarah Han recently noted in her October “Bites” roundup of East Bay food news that Grato Burgers has rebranded itself as “The Meat Up.”
According to Han, the menu will be fairly similar — sandwiches, burgers, salads, smoothies and juices — but more focused. The have also discontinued their breakfast menu.
LaserAway Opening at former See’s Candies Space
A new facade is under construction at the former See’s Candies location who shuttered back in October. LaserAway specializes in hair removal, skin rejuvenation and Botox treatments.