The Remodeling of the Willows Shopping Center in Concord

July 9, 2014 15:00 pm · 43 comments


As many of us have seen, the Willows Shopping Center in Concord is torn apart.

As of today, no major stores have been announced to open in the center, but we’re hearing they have demolished part of the middle section of the Willows in order to create a drive-thru area. So basically, instead of going around the perimeter of the Willows to get to the back, you will soon be able to drive through the middle to get to the back, and come out near Old Navy & Cost Plus.

The old Willows Theater has also been gutted (pictured below).


We will keep you updated on any future developments.

itsme July 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

So sad the Willows Theater is really gone. I had hopes for the return of the great stage plays. I thought Home Goods would have been good in this location. I’d also like to see Ulta…beauty store.

A July 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

They have announced that the beauty store Ulta will be moving in.

Kerri T July 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM

A whole foods would have be awesome!!

C July 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

last I heard, UFC gym is expanding and taking over the Willows Theater

Concord Guy July 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Perfect site for an Olive Garden!

Rob July 9, 2014 at 4:22 PM

Are they going to rebuild it so it doesn’t look like a maze and funnel people through bizarre alleys?

Ellen July 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Yes, I saw a banner up there a couple of weeks ago that Ulta is moving in soon, near Pier 1! Happy about that since I am moving back to the Concord area this weekend and will be far from the Ulta in Dublin where I usually go 🙂

girl w/ dogs July 9, 2014 at 4:35 PM

I 2nd the Whole Foods!

The New Rhodesian July 9, 2014 at 4:36 PM

I will miss the Willow’s Theater. Met my first girlfriend there when I was in high school.

BagsFlyFree July 9, 2014 at 5:14 PM

I agree with Kerri, this center needs more frequent visit stores like an upper crust supermarket. The drive thru area is great, as much of the Willows is a maze of back alleys and hidden stores that many people never know exist. This road should help the smaller shops that run the corridors as they now have no curb appeal.

itsme July 9, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Ulta…..yay! Thanks for the info.

Thru the center? July 9, 2014 at 5:25 PM

I see much potential for pedestrian vs auto
incidents in the future, particularly Children.
Don’t think it’s a good idea.

Julio July 9, 2014 at 5:32 PM

Saw the work on Monday when we dropped by the Lazy Dog for lunch. OMG was it good and we will be back! Wish we had one in Antioch!

Would like to see the Willows come back to life though I would not shop there because I don’t live in the area. I have only been to Sun Valley mall twice in the last 25 years. Hate that place.

Concord July 9, 2014 at 5:39 PM

I third the WHOLE FOODS or a Lunardi’s or some high-end grocery store. Safeway, et al., is gross. Since there are Olive Gardens everywhere, I do not want another Olive Garden in Concord but a nicer restaurant that isn’t a Red Lobster, Olive Garden, etc.

ClayDen July 9, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Maybe Amazon could open their first store there.

stephanie July 9, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Whole Foods is moving into the old kmart off of Chilpancingo.

Anon July 9, 2014 at 6:44 PM

Can’t wait for Ulta!! Between Ulta, Cost Plus & Lazy Dog- I’ll be a regular visitor to the Willows.

Silva July 9, 2014 at 6:52 PM

We patronized Dots & Dashes, driving from Oakland for 20 + years. Anyone know where Carmen went? Or the amazing stylist who bought it from long time owner Faruk? Our hair will never be the same again.

Sunnymoon July 9, 2014 at 7:16 PM

The sign in front says Ulta. Which is awesome.

aj buttacavoli July 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM

You think you have problems, you should see what they are doing to Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek! It’s a nightmare!

Marissa July 9, 2014 at 7:39 PM

I vote for Whole Foods.

Anon July 9, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Lipstick on a pig!

Marissa July 9, 2014 at 7:56 PM

Anon, Willow’s is getting a makeover no matter what. So get over it!

Michelle July 9, 2014 at 8:34 PM

Many times those tiny convenience places have tried to come front, they were just ignored by big business and off to another topic. Put in a Olive Garden if you like.

AnotherAnon July 9, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Have any of you tried the food truck gathering on Saturdays at the Willows?
Probably a lot better food than you’ll get at an Olive Garden.

EliteGuy July 9, 2014 at 10:47 PM

I’d vote for a bookstore but Concord is mostly not English speaking (if you know what i mean), inbreds, and WT. UFC is for meatheads.

red July 9, 2014 at 11:20 PM

Eliteguy, I am sorry for your ignorance. Concord is full of great diverse people and UFC it’s a great establishment with wonderful friendly people, best gym I have ever joined. I hope others are not as closed minded as you..

@eliteguy July 9, 2014 at 11:27 PM

No one uses bookstores or libraries any longer. But hold your breath until one is put in

Silva July 9, 2014 at 11:29 PM

Where was the theater? Why did we never know it was there? How odd.

ms.v July 10, 2014 at 5:52 AM


I believe that you and your attitude makes you less of a person than those you describe. YOU are the bottom of the barrel.

JET July 10, 2014 at 6:59 AM

Is the old space that was the original Chuck E Cheese still there or has that been torn down? Great memories from that place as a kid. 😉

mason July 10, 2014 at 9:01 AM

Concord would really benefit having a walmart.

EliteGuy July 10, 2014 at 9:16 AM

concord does not need a walmart. walmart attracts meth and PWT. that barnes in WC has survived hmm gee why. guess monument/detroit/etc type of people dont exactly fit the bookstore demographic.

ufc creatine bros eating cell tech DYEL? meatheads go read a book lulzy.

Reagan July 10, 2014 at 9:43 AM

@eliteguy are you sure you’re not the one on meth??

EliteGuy July 10, 2014 at 10:11 AM

concord is dumbing down. meathead ufc, sunvalley is all baby/sneaker/teeny bopper stores, etc… now a makeup store so airheads can congregate.

Non EliteGuy July 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Elite Guy – why would an elitist live in Concord? From the looks of your messages, maybe an employment center to help you find a job and get you off Claycord would appease you.

Amazon Store? If we’re wishing for imaginary stores I’d like a Unicorn & Things store please.

slagheap July 10, 2014 at 11:25 AM

interesting. i worked at the theatre for about a year. a very small crew built & worked all the flats, maintained & ran the set, lights and sound, made repairs to equipment, ran the box office, and performed all cleaning & janitorial duties. we worked our asses off.

EliteGuy July 10, 2014 at 12:01 PM

@Non EliteGuy

you are good at implying

Freeman July 10, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I would like to echo Jet’s question: did the old Chuck E. Cheese building get torn down?

AldrigeFamily July 10, 2014 at 1:59 PM

Awesome redevelopment, if you some bothered to look at the city of concord website you would know the place is going to look great. People ignore eliteist, clearly this person has issues. Whole Foods would be perfect for that area!

No Chuck E Cheese July 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM

Old Navy took over the Chuck E Cheese space many, many years ago.
I saw one play at the theater about 30 years ago when I was in elementary school. So, yep, that theater had been around for a long time.
ULTA moving into the old shoe place next to Old Navy.
I have yet to have anything at Lazy Dog that impresses me, so, if anyone has suggestions on what to try there..?

Silva July 11, 2014 at 3:27 PM

I have probably been in The Willows over 100 times, and never saw a theater.

925 July 11, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Lazy dog sucks

really mis el torrito

they had the best sunday brunch around

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