Some updates to the tenants of the Bay Street Emeryville Shopping Center over the past few months including openings, closings and new stores. The vacant former Pasta Pomodora and Elephant Bar spaces remain up for lease.
H&M Men’s – Expanded
The existing H&M clothing store was, frankly, cramped. Following last year’s closure of Aaron Brothers Art & Framing, H&M expanded their store by separating the men’s and women’s sections into two separate locations. The Men and Women’s locations sandwich the Sephora and It’s Sugar shops.
Aerosoles – Closed
Following its bankruptcy filing last September, Aerosoles closed most of its store locations. The shoe company’s Emeryville location was among the Bay Area closures along with their Santa Rosa and Gilroy stores.
Bebe – Closed
Bebe, a women’s fashion retailer, narrowly avoided bankruptcy amid diminishing sales. Instead, it closed all of its Brick & Mortar stores and became exclusively an online retailer.
Charming Charlie – Closed
After filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, Charming Charlie closed 100 of it’s 370 locations. The Emeryville location of the women’s jewelry and accessories retailer was one of them. The store in Alameda remains open.
Fossil – Closed / Pandora Jewelry – Opening Soon
Fossil Group announced back in August 2017 that it would be closing 50 stores amid disappointing sales. Among those closures was the Emeryville location. Fossil in Livermore and Vacaville remain open.
Bay Street Mall management has confirmed that the Danish jewelry retailer, Pandora, will be opening a location in the former space sometime this spring.
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VR gaming will take over old Halloween store
Thanks Todd, I had heard a whisper of this but couldn’t confirm. Are there signs up or a web link officially announcing this?
OMG that would be awesome
How many people have to lose their jobs before Emeryville realizes it made a terrible mistake?
Sad to see the closings, but they don’t seem to be specific to the Emeryville market but rather the chains themselves going out of business. A lot of malls are seeing high turnover. The question is whether or not they will get quality replacements. The lack of food options is pretty surprising.
The chains close some percentage of their stores, but if they have one in Emeryville, it gets closed every time.
The city made itself a terrible place to run a retail store or restaurant, and they did that at a time retail is struggling.
It doesn’t take much to realize they screwed entry level workers across the city. They took credit for giving everyone a raise but then are completely silent as business after business after business closes and thousands of workers lose their jobs.
The sad part is that this was forced on the workers. The workers didn’t join a union and choose for themselves to demand impossible wages. The union came and pushed unworkable wages and scheduling laws through their friends on city council. The workers had no say in the matter. The union came and overruled their right to negotiate for better wages or not or to choose to organize or not. The union imposed a situation that was good for the union and bad for the workers.
After the headlines were done, the union left. They’re not here doing photo ops in front of the “Everyyhing Must Go” sign.
The workers head to the unemployment lines, and the union people walked away.
Bauters and Martinez got themselves on the news for a “win-win” cannabis business, so we should celebrate ????????????!
Though sad to read of all these closings, it’s of some comfort that Bay St. itself is not the reason for the closures. Retail nationwide is struggling, as these closings show the company’s overall are hitting hard times. This is all the more reason that locals need to see the stores at Bay St. as local stores. They need our support.
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