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BevMo rallies for second try at Menlo Park store
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on Aug 3, 2010
Three years after shelving plans for a Menlo Park store, Beverages & More (BevMo) is back. The alcohol retailer has filed for a liquor license with the state for a new location at 700 El Camino Real, the former site of Chili's restaurant.
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posted Tuesday, August 3, 2010, 3:23 PM
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Posted by Steven
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Aug 4, 2010 at 4:41 pm
Peter: Follows are just a few sources of information.
Documentary: Web Link
[choose view trailer]
I agree that the pickings are slim for the vacancy in any building right now, in this economic climate. But we should not kid ourselves that by accepting any tenant will be good for the long term.
As for where the owners live, some local independently-owned business have owners who live in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, San Carlos, Redwood City, etc. as well as Menlo Park. But my voice is not myopic and recognizes that these owners are still locally connected to our community as well as the one's in which they reside. For the chain stores, the owners, or rather the corporate headquarters, live in other locales such as in the states of Arkansas, Minnesota, Georgia, England, Sweden, and on and on and on. The chains are not supporting the extended community in the same way as the local independently-owned business. Read the studies, view the trailer, better yet view the movie.
As for the integrity and loyalty, when I go in to Cheeky Monkey and I see Dexter and Anna (also Menlo Park residents), as well as their staff, it cannot compare to going to Toy's R Us or Target, when I go into Roger Reynold's the staff has a smile on their face and care about what they are doing and with top notch knowledge, when I go to Hirzel Jewelers and Carl thanks me personally for coming in, when I go to Avant Optometry, and I see (no pun intended) Helen and Spencer and their great staff they treat me as a valued client not just a customer. This means when something needs attention with my toy selection, my garden choices, something as simple as a watch battery, or my eyewear, my willingness to spend a little more money than perhaps I would spend, if these same purchases were made at a chain doesn't go unnoticed.
When I go to a chain, and I do (we are not promoting a full switch and absolute avoidance to chains), there may be pleasant staff, but more often than not they are just processing transactions and not a whole lot more. Often times, for more involved purchases, the staff doesn't have the knowledge base to properly represent the products (case in point here: EXPO), or all they care about is moving the transaction through and getting on to the next one, or worse just getting done with the customer so they don't have to deal with them.
Peter, in this case, how many liquor stores do we really need in Menlo Park? At least when the auto dealers were there they were representing different brands. But, for the most part all BevMo will provide is yet another source for the same products to which we already have access. And, again, if you think in this case that filling the Chili's space with yet another liquor store will add anything significant to the City coffers in terms of sales tax revenue, I would consider this shortsighted and beg to differ.