Willows Looking to Remodel Entire Shopping Center on Diamond Blvd.

July 25, 2013 14:58 pm · 94 comments

The Willows, located at 1975 Diamond Blvd. in Concord, is looking to remodel their entire shopping center, Claycord.com has learned.

We’re hearing the proposed remodel includes a new interior “street” community plaza, replacement of existing retail buildings, storefront renovations, and landscaping enhancements.

We’ll keep you updated on any future updates.

What’s your opinion on the Willows Shopping Center? Do you like it or hate it?

Futurama July 25, 2013 at 3:00 PM

I miss the Willows theater. I’d love for them to bring it back.

jtkatec July 25, 2013 at 3:04 PM

I think the Willows is totally under-utilized. This should be the ticket to revitalize.

It has some great anchor stores, but there is something odd about the ambience. I generally target the store, Cost Plus or REI and then leave. But it needs something like …..something to pull people in and keept them shopping…. something like….A FABRIC STORE!!! Yeah, that’s the ticket.

rage ricin July 25, 2013 at 3:07 PM

As far as Concord strip malls go, The Willows is one of the nicer properties. Park and Shop, however, should be razed and redeveloped.

Mr. John July 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

It has devolved so much from the days when it was a mall filled with dozens of small stores… you’d go there for boutique shopping, hobby stores, health food, shoes….

Now it is a few big stores and not really anything else. If I owned the property, I’d have leveled a quarter of it and tried to lure in Ikea or another large ‘destination’ shopping chain.

Get Off My Lawn July 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I agree with 1, 2, and 3.

Crabipat July 25, 2013 at 3:12 PM

I hope that they get some better stores in there.

toy store July 25, 2013 at 3:16 PM

i used to love the toy store that was in the willows. probably 20 years ago or so. anyone remember what it was called? what happened to good toy stores?

ConcordCatLady July 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

With Trader Joe’s long gone and now El Torito I don’t really have a reason to go back there any time soon.

Katrina July 25, 2013 at 3:22 PM

Bring back the Willows Theatre! I loved that place…….

Cathy July 25, 2013 at 3:24 PM

I like Cost Plus and sometimes Old Navy. Enjoy Panera as well.

Charles-the-cat July 25, 2013 at 3:31 PM

The property needs a makeover. I go there for specific things at REI or Cost Plus but there’s nothing to draw me in to stay and browse any of the other stores.

A couple of interesting, moderately priced restaurants (not chains and not bars) and maybe a specialty grocery would help keep people on site for more than a single errand.

Cal July 25, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Gourmet food trucks may be part of the Willows plan.
City design review meeting tonight at 5:30pm.
Permit Center Conference Room
1. Willows Shopping Center Modification (DR 13-1163) – Application to remodel the Willows Shopping Center at 1975 Diamond Boulevard. The proposed remodel includes a new interior “street,” community plaza, replacement of existing retail buildings, storefront renovations, and landscaping enhancements. The General Plan designation is West Concord Mixed Use; Zoning classification is WMX (West Concord Mixed Use); APN 126-440-004, -005

MSkitty July 25, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Glad they’re going to revitalize this plaza. This is a nice place to walk around, especially the cost plus market.

Dragon July 25, 2013 at 3:41 PM

Jkatec – how about a fabric store with a good yarn selection? 😀

I like it, but I agree that it’s a “go there because you need something specific” type of place and not an area to stroll and window-shop.

Personally, I hate those painful speedbumps. I hope they change them to normal speedbumps, or even speedhumps.

Rob July 25, 2013 at 3:44 PM

While I don’t really like Park and Shop and the Willows is nicer there are actually stores in Park and Shop that I go to – I haven’t had much of a reason to go to the Willows other than REI in a long time.

Drvrdadca July 25, 2013 at 3:46 PM

No one has mentioned the crappy parking, not planned too well. I only go for Panera, Pier 1 & Cost Plus. Will try Lazy Dog when it opens, but without a fix to the parking, it won’t draw me back as a regular.

Dorothy July 25, 2013 at 3:54 PM

@jtkatec #2 & Dragon #14- A fabric store would be great! With yarns, laces, and some better quilting fabrics too.Something like Stonemountain & Daughter in Berkeley rather just another JoAnn’s. I hope they keep Fuddruckers too. Somewhat better parking would be nice.

John July 25, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Bring back Whole Earth Access!

the other jj July 25, 2013 at 4:04 PM

could use an olive garden

Clayanon July 25, 2013 at 4:05 PM

Concord should look into using the air rights over the 680 freeway to connect Willows to the Sun Valley Mall. A complete redevelopment and connection of both properties, with the aim of bringing in a mix of low, middle and high end retailers and restaurants could help both properties. Right now, both those properties, and many other retail properties on Contra Costa Bl., force customers to have to park, buy, go back to car, drive, park, etc. Most people do not want to do that so each property is a destination unto itself instead of the entire area being the destination. People movers, shuttles, etc. could assist in moving customers to any location they want to go to if too far.
BTW, this would not be the first development using air rights, it has been done before.

mike July 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM

great stores have been in there, but it is so horribly designed. you can never find the store you are looking for. very disjointed…and, it’s hard to find. I feel sorry for places like krispy kreme, which you can see from the freeway, but how they hell do you actually find it!!

Russ Shackleford July 25, 2013 at 4:10 PM

@toy store

The one I remember being there was the Let’s Play store. Used to go there fairly often with my grandma when I was a kid to pick up BRIO track expansion sets. Loved that place. As for what happened to good toy stores, chain crap like Toys R Us killed them off slowly.

Concordian July 25, 2013 at 4:15 PM

They need to work on connecting all the retail space on Willow Pass Rd… From Sun Valley Mall to the Willows, to Park n Shop, to Todos Santos and the old downtown… Maybe a shopping trolley like WC has?

And the weak link of course is Park n Shop. Let’s get a Bed Bath Beyond, a Cabelas, a DSW shoe store, and other big name stores relocating to Concord… Then we can have an actual shopping meca and a draw for folks to come to Concord…

well.. July 25, 2013 at 4:16 PM

There is a great fabric store just down the street.

Triple Canopy July 25, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Concur with Mike @21.. its not intuitive, has funky angles, and visually disjointed. It feels like a rat maze/labyrinth. The dark colors are depressing and the architecture belongs in Eureka, Fort Bragg, or Monterey.

Simplify it!

But it’ll probably end up with big freeway signs, banners flying, and an 80-foot gorilla adverstising a mattress sale on a daily basis.

Lisa July 25, 2013 at 4:26 PM

The Willows is poorly designed. I get a headache pulling in there, so I don’t! I do miss the Willows Theatre. With the exception of Krispy Kreme, the only reason to shop there.

Marty McFly July 25, 2013 at 4:29 PM

+1 on connecting the mall with the Willows.

BagsFlyFree July 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Hope they go “all in” with this redesign… The Willows is our “1A/B” commercial shopping center in Concord that is not a mall if you consider the land available to develop, mix of quality anchor tenants, and proximity to freeways.

Developing this property into a mini “Broadway Plaza North” would do wonders for the surrounding commercial area and boost tax revenue for the cities “Tourism zone.”

BFF Out!

Julio July 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Have not been there is so many years I forgot it was there. YUCK Raze the whole thing. Haven’t they tried this before a ended up with the failure they have now?

Winston July 25, 2013 at 4:33 PM

The Willows is a really dated design. I’m glad to see that they are converting it to something moe urban.

Elwood July 25, 2013 at 4:38 PM

It needs a dome shaped corn snake shelter.

Em Dubya July 25, 2013 at 4:41 PM

At last my dream of opening a Hoodies-R-Us will be realized. As I had said months ago, I am soliciting ground floor investors.

If you purchase preferred shares, I will throw in pro rata options on my parallel concept known as Crack-4-Less.

Trevbo July 25, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I go there for Aaron Brothers and that’s about it. I don’t understand why anyone would need a Cost Plus & Pier One in the same space.

Andrew July 25, 2013 at 5:09 PM

@ toy store

I think the store you are remembering is Zany Brainy.

That was by far the coolest toy store ever. I remember going there as a kid in the late 90’s.

Lalalala July 25, 2013 at 5:12 PM

I actually go to Park N Shop. I think people on here don’t like the Park N Shop because it caters to a non-white population.

DanMtz July 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

I say divert some of the funding for the high-speed rail system and build a tram between the Willows and Sun Valley Mall.

Winston July 25, 2013 at 5:34 PM

Let me second the idea of a Willow Pass shopping trolley. I think it would really help business and traffic if it were free and ran every 10 to 15 minutes.

Triple Canopy July 25, 2013 at 5:45 PM

@35.. non-white?

That must make George Zimmerman conveniently white for the Obamas, Sharptons, and Jesse Jacksons playing their race cards and creating the racial divide.

Jason July 25, 2013 at 5:50 PM

I really miss the game store that was there. I’m a big table top board game fan and I use to go in there for the new games, parts, odd ball dices (8,10,and 20 sided dices), and monopoly money replenishment. Have no idea where to go for that stuff anymore.

CoCo old July 25, 2013 at 5:51 PM

@well #24,
I assume you’re referring to Joann’s? You must not sew much. I would love to see a Stonemountain Concord, now THAT’S a fabric store!

Toy stores were Let ‘s Play Store and the game and puzzle store (can’t remember the name) originally. Zany Brainy eas way later.

I loved the antique mall where the MMA gym is now (or whatever it is) and the petite’s store. The Willows was, at one time, a great place to spend some time. Hope they bring back the quaint ambiance.

Krispykreme fan! anon July 25, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Well I think they should because it looks to dark at night and some of the stores are lame…..They should put a Starbucks and more benches what I really go there is for old navy I go there every two weeks. And I’m a big fan of Krispy Kreme so yeah!!

Connie Dobbs July 25, 2013 at 6:47 PM

#40 Britex. Dream big.

Connie Dobbs July 25, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Lalala, I’m there every Monday shopping for groceries and filling a square on your Guera Bingo card. The 99 Ranch is full of transplanted Oaktown hipsters scowling at me for ruining their diversity field trip. I suppose that’s put of your comfort zone, though.

Chuckie the Troll July 25, 2013 at 7:19 PM

The Willows is a maze and getting long in the tooth. It was nice in 1984 when I moved here but needs to be updated. Done right it will give Sun Valley a run for its money.

Take a look at the Broadway Plaza and downtown Walnut Creek. Done right I’d have even less reason to shop outside of Concord.

J. July 25, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Whole Earth Access at the Willows was a gas.

Sounds great July 25, 2013 at 8:56 PM

As someone who works next door to the Willows I would love it if they added more food options. Every time I have to go over for a quick lunch at Panera I’m disappointed, 360 burrito is disgusting, and you can only eat at Fuddruckers so many times.

@CoCo Old # 40 July 25, 2013 at 9:08 PM

No. Down by Ethan Allen is a fabric store called Thimblecreek. Joannes id not a fabric store. I would not call that garbage fabric. If you can only name Stoneman and Daughter than you must not be a quilter.

claycordian July 25, 2013 at 9:25 PM

@35 – damn right that’s why we don’t go there. Not unless you want to catch yellow fever or something LOL

gg July 25, 2013 at 9:25 PM

@CoCo old #40
There’s a beautiful fabric/quilt shop “down the street” called Thimblecreek on Burnett Ave. Hmmm maybe you don’t sew much!

BCuzItzClaycord July 25, 2013 at 9:36 PM

I only shop one side……..Pier 1, Old Navy & Cost Plus (DB Shoe’s is terrible so I drive to Brentwood to go to DSW)…Do happy hour on occasion at Claim Jumper. I have no idea what’s in the interior of the place….I would be nice if they could bring a few retailers in there that locals might actually shop at.

Em Dubya July 25, 2013 at 10:18 PM

Had my first falafel there in 1976 in some whacked out 3-story atrium thing across from El Torito – this 3-story thing became Any Mountain around 1981. I thought the whole place was like a stinky pair of shoes emitting Steely Dan music 25 years ago. The place is a suckasaurus that needs some kind of fix up beyond my Crack-4-Less dream.

Anonymous July 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM

It’s about time. I used to go there when it first opened & enjoyed window shopping in the days when they had so many stores. Like so many others I just go to Cost Plus or Pier 1 and then leave. I forget it”s there most of the time. So glad to hear that they are going to redevelop the center. As others have said done right it could compete with Walnut Creek. Why not keep our dollar bills right here in Concord.

Ian July 25, 2013 at 11:10 PM


Richardsfamily July 25, 2013 at 11:11 PM

Who in their right might would hate that a property is being remodeled?..

nytemuvr July 26, 2013 at 1:07 AM

Build a lumber yard on Diamond Way and called it Diamond Lumber, then they can build the Concord Inn across the street. De-evolutionize to about the late 70s and I would move back home…..whip it, whip it good.

Local Musician July 26, 2013 at 1:09 AM

@Jason #39: Black Diamond Games, behind Fry’s in Park N Shop.

They could also turn the adjacent flood channel trail into a nice walking path with lights, benches, and fencing, and could even use it as a way to link the Willows with Sport Chalet Plaza across the street.

Cowellian July 26, 2013 at 6:12 AM

It’s historic!

Leave it as it is!

Winston July 26, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Did anyone attend the meeting and find out what the plans actually are?

Nconcord July 26, 2013 at 8:43 AM

Only snobby quilters know about Thimble Creek. They want to keep it that way.

FABRIC STORE July 26, 2013 at 8:44 AM

I think I will just cut and paste this everytime there is a story about empty commercial space or development. Sorry, boys, I’m moving on from OG to …

“What I really want, a fabric store.

A fabric store which has rows and rows of fabric from 3.99 to 35.99 a yard.
A fabric store which does not have row upon row of fleece.
A fabric store which has challis, silk, cottons, hemp, double-knit, single knit, florals, pastels, dotted swiss, chintz, brocade.

Thousands of bolts all lined up by color, by weight, by content.

A fabric store which does not sell cheap, chintzy fabric, NOT JOANN’s.

I want a TRUE fabric store.”

Lalalala July 26, 2013 at 9:12 AM

@ Connie Dobbs. I bet the “transplanted Oaktown hipsters” are scowling at you because you are mean mugging them. They are probably shopping there because it is cheap and the only place around with such a big soy sauce selection.

anon July 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Glad they are remodeling. It’s a weird set up there.
Wish they would put in some outlet stores. REI, Fuddruckers and Panera are the only places we go in that shopping center.
The rent is so expensive there that it’s hard for the mom and pop stores to survive in that shopping center.

Connie Dobbs July 26, 2013 at 9:54 AM

#61, A big soy sauce selection? That’s not bigoted at all.
It’s not cheap at 99 Ranch, but they have a fishmonger.

Winston July 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Found out what they’re doing. All it will be is a street replacing the walkway next to Road Runner Sports that will allow you to cut through to Old Navy/Cost Plus/Peir One/REI. This will make the mall easier to get around, but it’s not a big change. they are also updating the facades.

JustMe July 26, 2013 at 10:43 AM

The Willows has seen better days, and I used to frequent is more in the past than I do today. I think the only places I ever visit anymore is REI and Fuddruckers

The whole inside walk is a bit odd, especially when you’re behind the Fuddruckers and the Jungle, it’s this weird long corridor. A lot of times, I forgot the businesses that are there, especially those in the back.

I miss some of the older business such as Games Unlimited and Soup N Salads. Traders Joes leaving was a huge loss.

carebear July 26, 2013 at 10:59 AM

lets play store had the best bubbles, Pustafix(?) the tobacco loft was also very nice. great smelling pipe blends, the colorful shermans cocktail cigs, chess sets… there was a store with collectible plates, figurines… i’ve got several unicorns from way back in the 80’s. loved the boutique stores with all the really cool earrings, purses ,hippie dresses..everything smelling like sandalwood

Give it a Rest! July 26, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I no longer shop at the Willows! The main reason is security. Too much crime in the parking lot.

anon @65 July 26, 2013 at 11:33 AM

Same could probably be said about you. Businesses leave because no one goes there. If people think want them they need to shop at them.

Where were you? July 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM

Sixty-eight comments posted here and I was only member of the public willing to spend two and a half hours to attend the study session and voice opinion.

Obam-ified July 26, 2013 at 1:07 PM


I’ve been out look for a job you pencil head.

Nuts July 26, 2013 at 1:51 PM

Shouldn’t be a problem to re-open the Willows Theater as the new Cine Arts theater to replace the Dome.

Cowellian July 26, 2013 at 2:44 PM

Putting in a Cine Arts theater is a great idea.

Who is going to pay for it?

Andrea July 26, 2013 at 3:18 PM

I enjoy the stores in that shopping center: Pier 1, REI, Cost Plus, and the restaurants: Claim Jumper and Panera. The problem I have is that I often feel like I am in a maze. It is sometimes hard to get from Panera Bread to REI. The sidewalks are odd, sometimes I walk on the grass where there should be a sidewalk. Seems like a lot of open space with nothing there. It would be nice for it to get an over-hall, but keep the stores. I shop there a lot. IF they leveled it, maybe the parking would be easier too.

Let's Play July 26, 2013 at 3:32 PM

The toy store back in the mid ’80’s was the Let’s Play store, they always had Brio tracks set up for kids to play with, and a great selection of Legos. A couple doors down was Games Unlimited (might have had a different name back then,) which had a ton of models, board games, and role playing type stuff

HolbrookGuy77 July 26, 2013 at 3:51 PM

I enjoyed Chuck E Cheese there as a kid in the 80s. Also, there was a chinese restaurant called Far East Garden with a great all you can eat buffet 🙂

:) July 26, 2013 at 4:34 PM

It’d be awesome if the remodel includes bringing back Tony Roma’s! If a remodel would bring more stores then I’m all for it. Walking around there seeing all the empty buildings is just sad!

Antler July 26, 2013 at 4:39 PM

Cowellian at #57 ~ ~ ~ 🙂

Connie ~ ~ ~ Britex would be fantstic….could spend an hour just admiring all the fancy buttons at their store near Union Square. So #60 ~ ~ ~ YES !!!

Antler July 26, 2013 at 4:40 PM

Give it a Rest at #67 ~ ~ ~ My big suggestion is that they need to put a TALL security fence along the entire back perimeter and cutting back to Diamond Boulevard, because right now “anything” from the freeway right-of-way path can ( and DOES!) climb over the existing dinky fence so as to access vehicles parked at the shopping center.

The large stores do cater to a younger, more athletic demographic…….but that should not be considered a bad thing.

***Concord does not need any more discount or outlet stores, please!

CoCo old July 26, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Connie Dobbs you are totally correct about Britex. And no, I don’t quilt at all, I prefer turning out one-of-a-kind clothing. I usually think of quilting as quilting although of course it involves sewing. But my family and friends are way more stoked to get some of my clothes than they would be a blanket. Quilting stores just have broadcloth whereas I love sewing with raw silk and gabardine wool, so for me the quilting store won’t cut it. Connie, field trip?

Howard K Mullins III July 26, 2013 at 5:13 PM

The solution to everything from the left.

Build a fence. Imprison and punish the law abiding people with the euphemistic hope of stopping crime. (which does not work)

Resolve the root of the problem.

Why do low life’s do the crime? Make the tough decisions. Teach accountability and responsibility, no one gets a free lunch, make punishment very hard, make crime not worth going to jail for.

Mr. Pink July 26, 2013 at 5:44 PM

The Willows is in dire need of a facelift. Maybe this will bring in some new businesses and, in turn, business. Good all around.

Bubba 94521 July 26, 2013 at 7:21 PM

You could have seen the plans yesterday at the Design Review Board meeting. The same meeting where they rubber stamped another Seeno development in spite of the lack of a quorum and some strong neighborhood objection.

Cowellian July 26, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Y’all want fabric? Come to Nashville!

Being married to a quilter, I’m learning a lot about fabric stores.

Antler July 26, 2013 at 8:32 PM

Bubba 94521 at #82 ~ ~ ~ Where does one go online to learn about upcoming Design Review Board meetings, please?

Melinda Meahan July 26, 2013 at 8:43 PM

I remember when Willows was being planned, and they said, “We don’t need a second shopping center so close to SunValley,” and we were told, “Ah, but this isn’t going to be yet another run-of-the-mill shopping center. It’s going to be like Pier 39 with lots of quaint specialty stores, and it will attract a lot of people who are of a different demographic than what the mall attracts.” (I didn’t believe it then, either. I guess I was right along with all the other people who didn’t believe it either. LOL)

If that was what they were going for, that quirky layout would make sense. I am just amazed that they thought it would work. AFAIC the whole thing could stand to be demolished in the fashion that they have done with whatever they call the shopping center in Pleasant Hill that has Kohl’s in it that we always called Monkey Wards shopping center — on a piecemeal basis as they have people who will fill the space. (I am not a movie-goer, so I am neutral on their having demolished the theater, but I don’t understand why they couldn’t have torn down the closed Bally Fitness place instead.)

I miss going to Sunday brunch at El Torito and looking at the beams in the atrium and fondly remembering the only letter my father-in-law ever wrote us, which was when we were newlyweds stationed overseas, and his talking about helping build that restaurant and other parts of the Willows and putting those beams in and stuff.

KAD July 26, 2013 at 9:16 PM

Antler – Go to the City of Concord web site and look for Board Meetings. This is the URL for the Design Review Board

BCuzItzClaycord July 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Antler please tell me where the outlet stores are in Concord….Oh that’s correct you can’t. In the mean time all of us shoppers can spend out outlet dollars in Vacaville, Livermore, Napa, Petaluma etc……….So nice outlets would be great.

Antler July 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM

BCuzItsClaycord at #87 ~ ~ ~ Never wrote about outlet MALLS!!! I wrote about outlet STORES, and there’s a huge difference! Just a few of the outlet stores (ie those selling leftover/reduced price stocks from elsewhere) here in Concord are Marshall’s, TJMax, Burlington, GroceryOutlet, Ross, and the “dollar store” types.

I think we do not qualify for the requirements for an factory outlet MALL in the Claycord area anyway, do we? But here you go (so you can get to work on your project! http://www.business.wsu.edu/SiteCollectionDocuments/CES/FactoryOutlet.pdf

BCuzItzClaycord July 27, 2013 at 4:02 PM

Hate to break to you but Antler Ross, TJ Maxx, Burlington are not “outlet” stores they are clearance stores but not “outlets”. Outlet stores carry a particular brand and are owned buy the manufacturer or corporation (like Coach, Prada) or are an outlet of a particular store (NordRack, Saks off 5ht). Dollar Trees and 99 cent Only are not outlets they just sell cheap stuff. and Grocery Outlet is another clearance house but not a true outlet. The old Hostess outlet was a true “outlet” as it was owned by the parent corporation and only sold their brand…………That my dear is retail & marketing 101.
And the Willows is the same size as the outlet center in Napa so it could work.

Antler July 27, 2013 at 5:59 PM

#89 ~ ~ ~ I am very familiar with the types of stores in outlet malls. But some of the other stores I named also sell the very same “mall outlet” brands at lower prices….yes, often more than one brand, just in the same store.

But if you want to go way upscale with Willows, please draw up your proposals and have at it! Personally, I think that if Sunvalley Mall could not hold on to big-ticket designers (started out with Armani and many other truly nice stores there, remember the days?), then the demographic is simply not here. Better yet, why don’t you put your upscale ideas closer to Clayton and west Walnut Creek money, say in Clayton Valley Center and the Vineyard property? Hey, go for it! We surely could use some upgrading, but that takes more than just dozing out a property and building new buildings! Are you perhaps really focused on creating construction jobs? i.e….are you by any chance an architect or a developer/contractor?

BCuzItzClaycord July 28, 2013 at 8:17 PM

Gee Antler no but then again you seem to be the Claycord Expert with every subject. Your uppity I know everything, and pretentious snotty tone of writing sure as heck make a low end snob. Or as those of raised on Mercer Island would say “a wanna be”. I guess for around here that would make you a Clayton “wanna be” or Lamorinda “wanna be”
So gee I guess nobody on her knows anything but Professor Antler………..(roll eyes here)

Antler July 29, 2013 at 7:48 AM

#91 ~ ~ ~ For more reasons than you could ever comprehend, your post is hilarious.

Luke July 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM

360 Burritos just closed down today. Rumors are The Jungle, DB Shoes and Golf Mart,which is relocating to Walnut Creek are making way for new stores. The former Tony Roma’s had mannequins inside. Sport Chalet across the street is closing and Rasputin’s is relocating to the old Rasputin’s. I wonder if the Willows will expand to that area. The old Willows Theater is now the Gateway Church.

Antler August 2, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Been meaning to mention that Aaron Brothers knows they will be displaced by the Willows re-vamp, and they are having GREAT sales. So any artists and/or those of you with children who love to draw and paint…..now’s your chance!

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