The Water Cooler – What Business Closing Would Devastate You?

September 15, 2020 12:57 pm · 61 comments

The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it.

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon.

QUESTION: What is one business that would devastate you if they announced they were closing?

Talk about it….

Anonymous September 15, 2020 at 1:10 PM


XJ September 15, 2020 at 5:53 PM

House of Prime Rib in the city. Just like when Bo’s BBQ in Lafayette closed.

WC Resident September 15, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Almost Famous September 15, 2020 at 1:15 PM

Sam’s Club

My Thought September 15, 2020 at 1:17 PM

Any and all small businesses. Not too worried about chain stores closing.

Mika September 15, 2020 at 7:12 PM

I agree with you 100%!

Roz September 15, 2020 at 1:18 PM

Harvest House

TraumaRx September 15, 2020 at 1:22 PM

MoJo September 15, 2020 at 1:25 PM

None would devastate me but Amazon going out of business would surely have a major impact.

KingOfC September 15, 2020 at 1:26 PM


chuckie the troll September 15, 2020 at 1:28 PM

The Chinese Kitchen…or VIP Barbershop.

A September 17, 2020 at 5:19 PM

Fortunately Chinese kitchen is back open.

ConcordRez September 15, 2020 at 1:28 PM

United Airlines

Mitch September 15, 2020 at 1:29 PM

Lakeside Inn in South Lake Tahoe. They closed for good early into the COVID scam, and now I’m heartbroken.

The Wizard September 15, 2020 at 1:34 PM

Olive Garden

LR September 15, 2020 at 1:37 PM

In Shape Concord

2Tibetans September 15, 2020 at 1:41 PM

It already happened: Souplantation (Sweet Tomatoes in northern CA) and Pier One.

PESFG September 15, 2020 at 7:25 PM

I too miss Sweet Tomatoes!

iKrissy September 15, 2020 at 1:41 PM


Chuq September 15, 2020 at 2:55 PM

Half Price Books! Was very happy when they re-opened.

Lizzee September 15, 2020 at 1:44 PM

Most of my staple businesses are already teetering on the edge of closing. Victoria’s Secret is close (the only comfy underwear out there), NY & Company with the best fitting jeans already filed for bankruptcy. I’ve been getting clearance emails from them multiple times a day for the last few weeks. So far, they haven’t stocked anything for fall, so I might notbe able to get one last stockpile in before the doors close forever.

Just about everything I’ve ever enjoyed is either gone or in jeopardy. I guess what would really hurt would be Barnes & Noble or Rasputin Records.

Foothillsguy September 15, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Thank you Democrats!

Dr. Jellyfinger September 15, 2020 at 3:53 PM

Victoria’s Secret closed?

Oh well….. looks like it’s back to boxer shorts for me.

Martinezmike September 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM

Its terrible news when your staple business can’t keep it together

Addlepate September 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM

None. “Devastating” is too strong of a word.

PESFG September 15, 2020 at 7:28 PM


concord grape September 15, 2020 at 2:02 PM

Juanita’s. Oh, that’s right she “closed” years ago

S September 15, 2020 at 2:03 PM

Piggly Wiggly or Western Beef

(no, this is not a Pick One)


misterb September 15, 2020 at 2:07 PM

Trader Joe’s

Mary Fouts September 15, 2020 at 2:27 PM

Diablo Foods in Lafayette. Haven’t a clue as to where I would do my grocery shopping.

Roz September 15, 2020 at 7:20 PM

Mary,… Lunardi’s?

FlyingSpaghettiMonsterCatcher September 15, 2020 at 2:51 PM

nothing………..anything can be replaced

Same September 15, 2020 at 2:59 PM

Bay Area Toll Authority

Dawg September 15, 2020 at 3:00 PM

None would devastate me. There isn’t a business in existence today that means anything to me, they all can disappear tomorrow and I would not miss them. What I do miss is Mervyn’s, Montgomery Ward, and the old Sears and Roebuck. Mervyn’s because they sold good name brand clothes at reasonable prices and they always had my size. Montgomery Ward because it wasn’t located in the Sunvalley Mall, easy to get to and easy to leave. Sears and Roebuck because Crafsman, Diehard, and Kenmore were American made and top notch.

AnonZ September 16, 2020 at 5:06 AM

I second you on Mervyn’s – THAT desvasted me!!!

Reasonable September 16, 2020 at 6:43 PM

Woolworth’s in San Francisco.

an iota of maturity September 15, 2020 at 3:05 PM

I wouldn’t jump from a bridge but, I’d rather the grocery didn’t shut or the post office.

I guess a healthy population is important to a healthy economy.

FPN September 15, 2020 at 3:06 PM

Kmart… I loved that store.

Sign from Above September 15, 2020 at 3:37 PM

Olive Garden!!

….Somebody had to say it!!

Martinezmike September 15, 2020 at 3:43 PM

Cold Stone Creamery

Addlepate September 15, 2020 at 4:41 PM

The former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery is the current Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey…just an FYI.

PESFG September 15, 2020 at 7:33 PM

Yes, the Cold Stone Creamy on Pleasant Hill and their world famous Roachy Road with surprise toppings (joking).

Exit 12A September 15, 2020 at 3:46 PM


None. If a business has to fold, then they are obsolete or poorly managed.

Examples: Chrysler, Sears-Roebuck, Orchard Supply & Hardware, K-Mart, and General Motors (bailed out by the Feds but lives on like a zombie).

Sam September 15, 2020 at 4:50 PM

Any business that was shut down by the state using illegal emergency power decelerations. All these anti-fascist idiots out here protesting Trump are clueless.

Mike September 15, 2020 at 6:27 PM

I would be sad if the Disney Store closed. They haven’t opened a new location in almost 7 years…. I am not a Disney nut but , it’s nice to have a little slice of magic. Though I hate the look of the new Disney Stores. I miss the old “pink and green” locations. I worked at the one at Hilltop from 2002-2010.

Leeland September 15, 2020 at 7:47 PM

The company that I’ve worked for, for 24 years.

PESFG September 15, 2020 at 7:48 PM

The only thing that saddens me when a store closes is knowing that someone is losing their job and that indirectly affects us all down the line.

PESFG September 15, 2020 at 7:50 PM

*that someone is losing his/her job. ( I wish we could have an option to edit our comments once we hit submit).

Carol September 15, 2020 at 8:02 PM

Fiori’s restaurant in the Vineyard Shopping Center. Best Italian restaurant ever!

miguel September 15, 2020 at 8:17 PM

I have been getting my hair cut by Van at Nice Cuts in Concord for over 20 years. There are other places to get a haircut, but she is more family than a friend and I would miss her and her shop terribly.

Jeff September 15, 2020 at 8:50 PM

Not devastated, but I’d hate to see Rocco’s closed, as well as Chopan Kebob

CDE Watcher September 15, 2020 at 9:04 PM

Public education.

Hanne Jeppesen September 15, 2020 at 9:21 PM

Since I work at Macy’s and I have been a Macy’s customer, in their huge flagship store in New York, since I lived and worked in that City in the late sixties, that would of course be my obvious choice. Even if I stopped working there, I would still shop there, they have the best bargains and many of my favorite brands, Alfani, Inc. Coach others, and with my 20% employee discount on top of sales and other specials I hardly shop anywhere else.
Other than that, I agree with another poster, Half Price Books, in fact I would be sorry to see any bookstore close, especially since there are so few left. My other go to stores (other than grocery stores) Dollar Tree and 99 Cents only, would miss them and the bargains I get.

caskydiver September 15, 2020 at 9:32 PM

No business shutting down would “devastate” me. There are some I am particularly fond of and would like to see them stay in business, but my purchasing habits are pretty resilient.

ConcordMike September 15, 2020 at 9:57 PM

Gas stations. Everyone would be forced to drive electric but it would be a long tortuous road to get one for everybody.

Bella September 16, 2020 at 12:18 AM

None, as I’m about to sell and move to the coast.

AnonZ September 16, 2020 at 5:09 AM

Not so much that Kmart closed, but that we need TARGET to open in the same space in Concord. SCREW the groceries; we don’t need another grocery store on this end of town, but we need TARGET for everything else!

ClayDen September 16, 2020 at 7:44 AM


Kirkwood September 16, 2020 at 10:14 AM

I’m not a big spender so it doesn’t matter much for me.

MrPuffPuff September 16, 2020 at 12:33 PM

Green Remedy in Richmond.

Ben September 17, 2020 at 8:38 AM

Village Market in Clayton

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