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TechShop in Menlo Park faces eviction

Original post made on Aug 19, 2013

TechShop, the do-it-yourself haven in Menlo Park's industrial zone that, since opening in 2006, has expanded around the country, is facing eviction.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, August 19, 2013, 9:51 AM

Comments (9)

Posted by whatever, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

Any particular reason not to name the owner of the property? Seems like the logical thing to do when presenting an "eviction" story.

A simple Internet search shows the owner of the property as DAVID D BOHANNON ORGANIZATION & C/O BOHANNON DEVELOPMENT CO (Web Link).

Next this begs the question, is Bohannon Development about to begin construction on their Gateway project?


Posted by Dave, a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Aug 19, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Makes sense that the Bro-hannons wouldn't be interested in continuing to support a place like this.


Posted by Walter, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Aug 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Rumor is that Mr Bohannon has a hotel willing to operate, so the project an owproceed.


Posted by emmecj, a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Who wrote this? The only question I had was why are they being evicted? And there is NO answer in the entire article, seriously???? Makes a potential lead on a new place a little hard to make if it were say for non payment of rent..... too bad we are left to speculate Mr Boyce.


Posted by Dave Boyce, Almanac staff writer
on Aug 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

Thanks for these comments. An updated story will be coming shortly.


Posted by former member, a resident of another community
on Aug 19, 2013 at 4:41 pm

This shop is needed for so many small biz folks in our area, it's unfortunate that Jim fails to offer anything to member for such donations, who have put up with a lot, including poor management in MP alone. If the public was aware of the millions TS has been given over the years by sponsors it could have been used for the MP location for much needed improvements, and the looming relocation which has been known about for at least 2 years. And now they find themselves in a "kickstarter" predicament.

Membership there has fallen, sadly, due to so many poor decisions, staff is egregiously underpaid and under appreciated. Such a great place but poorly run in MP, I hate to see it go for any amount of time or the talented kids that work there, who need better incentives just to stay, now face job loss.

TS get your act, funding and management together please, maker community needs you, they are losing faith in you fast.


Posted by James Lit, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 20, 2013 at 1:48 am

This isn't the first time Techshop faced eviction. A court docket search shows that in June 2009, they faced eviction. (You can search for it on this website - Web Link)

I say good riddance. Techshop is nothing but poorly maintained, often broken down equipment, poor facilities and very unfriendly and unprofessional staff. I was told personally by a higher up at TechShop OVER a year ago that the landlord wanted to build something else there and that they were going to have to leave soon. So, there is no surprise here, but I guess it makes for good drama and a news story.


Posted by Bob, a resident of another community
on Aug 20, 2013 at 8:29 am

Nothing about TS finances or a sudden eviction makes sense.
Menlo P is run and operates differently than the other "corporate" locations. I'd guess that Jim Newton has authority at this shop and his methods and this shop don't fit the CEO's vision...so they are letting him fend for himself.
I heard rumors that TS is working on a corporate investor funding round. Now talk of crowd funding? Crowd funding for a company with well paid executives?
Also, if this location has half the revenue of San Fran ($2M in 2013?) then why does it need crowd funding? It must have been running as a profitable entity Wouldn't recently considering very little invested over the past 2 years?
The answers will only be fond by interviewing Mark Hatch.


Posted by Mike, a resident of another community
on Aug 22, 2013 at 10:32 pm

This doesn't surprise me. Why are they "turning to the public for donations"?? They are a for-profit corporate chain that is not a startup and that has well paid execs (even if they pay their employees Walmart-like wages). In my opinion, they are no more than a cheaply run corporate chain store, except without the efficiency you would expect at one. They talk about a "flagship" store?? They can't even manage to keep their other corporate chains up properly.


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