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on Jan 26, 2009
WOW...Okay, how about the rest of the story...When are they planning to close?
I can't imagine anyone else waiting on the sidelines to run in and take over. Sad news for the YES to Incorporate Alamo. Losing a heavy sales tax base isn't what a new town needs. Has anyone looked around the Alamo plaza lately...too many empty store's there also.
Hope the other tenants on site have a good lease...I'm sure the property owner is not jumping with joy.
It's something that Walnut Creek residents have been craving for a long time: a downtown hardware store. Walnut Creek Hardware Co. opened this past week on Mount Diablo Boulevard, filling a need among locals who missed a convenient place to pick up just the right nail, pipe, faucet, or cordless power drill.
The 12,500-square foot store, on the site of the former Good Guys, is part of the Ace Hardware cooperative. However, it is independently owned by two long-time Walnut Creek residents, Lee Abramson and Kevin Fisher. Walnut Creek Hardware Co. is open daily, except for major holidays, like Thanksgiving and Christmas. Hours are Monday-Saturdays, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. 2044 Mount Diablo Blvd., (925) 705-7500.
Diablo Magazine, November 2008
While I miss the "old" Yardbirds", the "new" was just a limited Home Depot. Regarding the tax base and incorporation, Yardbirds/Home Depot was closed when the data was gathered, so that the closing does not have UanyU effect on the figures regarding financial resources. It would have been nice to have the additional revenue, but it does not affect incorporation.
It is sad to see our neighborhood store become a victim of corporate mistake; I am talking about the old Yardbirds! It was the highest grossing per square ft of all the Yardbirds. When Home Depot came to town we tried to tell them what our community would want in a neighborhood store. They held on to their "business model" though over time they quietly brought back lumber, concrete, and other community needs. But at end, we and many other neighborhoods are loosing our little store to a big box store miscalculation. Maybe someone will realize that the old Yardbird had a successful model and will replicate it here.
I was very sorry to see Yardbirds go. Its replacement did not satisfy my needs as to hardware, especially in the area of fasteners and outdoor plumbing. I have taken numerous trips up to the Home Depot store in Alamo, only to have to turn around and head down to the San Ramon Store to fulfill my needs.
Hopefully, a more adequately supplied and user-friendly store will be established in Alamo in the near future.
The fact is the sales tax collected from Yard Bird closing DOES NOT affect the Incorporation of Alamo,Yardbirds tax was not included in the LAFCO estimattes,yes there are other Hardware store are looking into, to come to Alamo.We need neighbourhood type hardware store.
I wish people have facts on hand before making comments?
The Incorporation Movement need all the support from the residents of Alamo.Lets take our own house under our own control,we the Alamo peoiple are smart and we can do a better job than the county.Lets not get scared by the incorrect information presented to the RESIDENTS?Be smart and do the home work.
Who cares about FACTS if you a hand wringer by nature? Yardbirds' tax revenue wasn't even in the LAFCO estimate because it was closed for remodeling at the time the estimate was done.
Yardbirds was run into the ground by H Depot and their corporate cretins who turned lemonade into a lemon. The Alamo store was a big money maker for Yardbirds as we all know. H Depot bastardized it with lousy selection and drove away customers - in recent months, I'd go there and find more staff than customers.
But surely someone will start up another hardware store like the old Yardbirds - it's a money maker location and the new Town of Alamo will reap the benefits in due course.
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