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Newsfront - June 12, 2009

Turnover at the Rose Garden

Shopping center loses spa, restaurant

by Geoff Gillette

Residents arriving at the Burke Williams Day Spa in the Rose Garden Shopping Center last week were surprised to find locked doors, as the health care establishment shut down after less than a year in operation.

A sign taped to the door of the posh spa blamed the closing on the poor economic conditions and directed residents to seek out appointments at either of their locations in San Francisco or San Jose.

On Sunday, some clients grumbled over not having been informed of the closing.

"You'd think they could have called the people with reservations for treatments, rather than have us come down here and see that sign," admonished an unidentified resident.

The sign on the door also directed residents with gift cards to contact the corporate office at 1-866-239-6635 to learn how to get a refund.

The loss of the spa was not the only blow to the relatively young shopping center. Last week also saw the closing of Amaranta, an upscale Mexican restaurant located prominently on the Rose Garden site.

Blake Hunt Ventures is the property manager for the Rose Garden. CEO Brad Blake said he was unable to comment on the closing of Burke Williams, as there may be some litigation involved in the closure. Blake stated that Blake Hunt Ventures was in negotiations with the company when it suddenly decided to pull up stakes and close down its operation.

As for Amaranta, Blake said that his company is actively seeking a replacement for the restaurant and has already lined up potential prospects.

Businesses in the Rose Garden are seeing some difficulties due to the lack of traffic coming through the facility, a factor which led Blake Hunt to recently seek a parking variance from the Town of Danville that will allow more "personal service" oriented businesses into the shopping center.

Personal service businesses include tutoring, physical fitness, hair stylists and nail salons. Conceptually, businesses of this sort will bring in a stable base of clientele that would come for the service, then stay to eat or shop at one of the Rose Garden retailers.