A new branch of the American Automobile Association, or AAA, hosted a grand opening Thursday, Jan. 28, at 65 El Camino Real in Menlo Park, next to the Best Western Plus Riviera and across the street from the Stanford Park Hotel.
The 7,200-square-foot office, which actually opened its doors Thanksgiving week in 2015, has 18 employees, including agents who sell AAA insurance and memberships and provide travel assistance. Members can get free tour books and maps.
The office space was designed by Gensler, a San Francisco-based architecture firm known for its work at the Virgin America San Francisco International Terminal, Facebook headquarters and Apple stores.
"Some of the people who worked with Steve Jobs on the Apple Store design were involved in helping develop our Next Generation Design," said Bob Brown, director of public affairs for AAA Northern California. That design refers to the "digital, interactive areas" at the new location, intended to make wait time "more productive" for AAA members seeking assistance.
The branch is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The previous AAA location in Palo Alto at 430 Forest Ave. has been closed. The next nearest branch to the Menlo Park site is in Redwood City at 510 Veterans Blvd., Suite A.