New stores are coming to Alameda Landing

New stores are coming to Alameda Landing

Michele Ellson

The historic Alameda Point deal slated to close on June 4 isn't the only big news the City Council addressed on Tuesday. Mayor Marie Gilmore announced a short list of new retail outlets that are planning to join Target and Safeway at the Alameda Landing shopping center near the Posey Tube.

Gilmore said a pair of eateries - the Corner Bakery Cafe and the Habit Burger Grill - have both said they're coming to Alameda Landing. Also on the way - a Sleep Train store and arts & crafts retailer Michaels, which she said would be setting up a new store prototype here.

"It's not your grandmother's Michaels," Gilmore said.

Habit Burger, Michaels and Sleep Train are expected to open in 2014; it's not yet clear when Corner Bakery Cafe is planning to set up shop in Alameda.

She and City Manager John Russo, who met with retailers during a trip to the International Council of Shopping Centers conference in Las Vegas this week, said deals with other potential tenants are being discussed.

Russo said Alameda Landing developer Catellus is planning to complete the shopping center by summer 2014.

"They're that confident they’re going to lease it all up," Russo said.

Target is under construction and expected to open a 140,000-square-foot store in October, and Safeway wants to build a 45,000 square foot grocery store and gas station at the shopping center.

When completed, city staffers estimate the shopping center will add $786,559 a year to the city's existing sales tax base of $4.8 million.

Catellus is also seeking permission to build 275 homes on 22 acres of the Navy's former 77-acre Fleet Industrial Supply Center.

Comments

Submitted by jumiamo on Wed, May 22, 2013

Right now, I commute into and out of Alameda every day. The traffic going into Alameda in the morning from downtown Oakland backs up on the Broadway 880 Freeway exit. It takes me 2 or 3 lights to get into that left hand turn lane so I can go into the tube. Also, going into Alameda around 5pm backs up on Broadway down to 3rd street. What kind of traffic adjustments are going to be made once all these stores come in to Alameda landing? I think more people will make it a destination once Target and these other stores come in, so what does the city plan to do about traffic? I think it will be dangerous to keep the existing streets in downtown Oakland the way they are now. It cannot handle any more cars without become dangerous (backing up on the freeway OR even backing up towards the train tracks in Jack London). I'm sure there were traffic studies done before these stores planned on moving in but I see nothing has change in regards to that, in downtown Oakland outside of the tube entrance. I'm worried.

Submitted by Mpomeroy on Sat, May 25, 2013

There were traffic studies done which I saw when I served on the northern waterfront development committee, but they are pretty much being ignored.

Submitted by Michele Ellson on Mon, May 27, 2013

Hey M - where can I find those?

Submitted by waldom on Tue, May 28, 2013

Great to know that retailers are signing up. Hopefully there's still room to get some kind of restaurant with a fresh salad bar. Something like Sweet Tomatoes, or California Fresh (aka Fresh Choice).

Traffic, unfortunately, will get worse. Since South Shore was redeveloped, Otis gets backed up from Park well past Broadway during commute hours, and on weekends, especially when the food trucks are open. The price of progress?

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