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Bridgeside Shopping Center

What would you like to see fill the vacant spaces at the Bridgeside Shopping Center?

Based on the suggestion of one of our readers, this week we’d like to get your opinion on the vacancies at the Bridgeside Shopping Center.  The Bridgeside Shopping Center is situated directly between the Park Street and Fruitvale-Tilden bridges at 2351 Blanding Ave.

There are five vacant spaces here ranging from 1,400 sq. ft. to 2,400 sq. ft. The spaces could be used for restaurant, retail, or almost anything.  The current tenants include Nob Hill Foods, Subway, Starbuck’s, as well as at least one business that appears to be independently owned, Sushi King.

What type of businesses would you like to see fill these empty spaces?

Please use this link to suggest on Spotmojo: http://www.spotmojo.com/openspot/bridgeside/

Alameda Patch has partnered with Spotmojo to collect your suggestions.  The suggestions submitted on Spotmojo will go to the broker and potential businesses.  You can make your suggestions in the comments section below, but please note, your suggestions posted on Spotmojo will go directly to the broker.

Spotmojo is a website where you can suggest the businesses you want where you live, work, or play. The suggestions are provided to new businesses and commercial real estate brokers to help new businesses find their ideal location. This gives you a voice in the businesses that open in your neighborhood and it helps local businesses succeed.

Also: We're still taking suggestions for the all the previous weeks' open spaces.

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Liz Taylor December 20, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Hard to fill these small spaces given the existing and soon to come big box stores in Alameda. The kinds of specialty small business that might be attracted to this location include board sports shop, kayak/paddling rentals, something like the old Nature Company, specialty gardening, or a fish shop. The keys to success are affordable, long term leases and real commitment from the community to buy local.
Producer December 20, 2012 at 04:11 PM
We can only hope and pray for a hair and nail salon.
Lisbeth Allen December 20, 2012 at 07:18 PM
It's always nice to sit out on the waterfront. Even if you are just grabbing a cup of coffee at Peets or Starbucks, take time out to stroll on the back side of this shopping center and get some fresh air on the water.
virgo December 21, 2012 at 06:54 PM
haha!
C. Bell December 23, 2012 at 04:03 PM
parking is an issue at that end. A business that is a quick in and out for the customer might be appropriate. The question is this, what type of atmosphere are you trying to create? A great card and small unique gift shop...not the usual buy/sell you see in every other store. Something unique one could only find in that shop.
Anthony Bologna, Jr. December 24, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Hard to fault any small business owner to invest in the risk of opening up shop there, or anywhere in Alameda, now a days. Unless your home office has a "Wall St. home office address" or your company is "too big to fail", bailouts of any kind are out of the question and you are literally on your own to "make it, or break it". Even if the property owner/management or "the City" make you an offer you can't refuse, there are NO guarantees, even with the best product or idea ever, so "good luck" to anyone willing to take that step and make the invest....for me, I'll stick to GOLD...!!!
Alameda Resident December 28, 2012 at 04:16 AM
An Apple store.
Tom Brody January 01, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Because this particular shopping mall is located near the far east end of Alameda Island, and just a stone's throw (if your name is Kal-El) from the Oakland Coliseum, I suggest the following retail store. I suggest a shop that specializes in earplugs, sound-masking devices and sound-neutralizing devices, and acoustic insulation. What could be more logical?
Tom Brody January 01, 2013 at 06:19 PM
I agree with the comment of L.T. (above) about specialty gardening. A shop specializing in indoor-only house plants would be nice. Back in the day, I lived across the street from WALNUT SQUARE in Berserkely, and there was an indoor plant shop called, PLANT PARENTHOOD. On weekends, I used to buy small plants, provide them with living quarters in my two leaded glass planters, and watch them thrive. The little houseplants were an inexpensive source of solace, during my trying times in graduate school.

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