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Old 04-05-2013, 09:09 PM
Location: San Jose, CA
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Bridgepoint in San Mateo wasn't there in 1978, in fact, I think the mall that it replaced (Fashion Island Mall Never mind the Bullock’s: A tribute to Fashion Island in San Mateo | The Poop | an SFGate.com blog) didn't even exist in 1978, now only the ice rink exists, the Target and all of Bridgepoint besides that is from the late 90s early 00s.

People don't really shop that much around El Camino anyway.

But let's see, Tanforan Mall was completely remodeled, the Safeway in Menlo Park is pretty much brand new. I'm pretty sure the PF Changs among other things didn't exist at the Stanford Shopping Center in 1978. Century Theaters in downtown Redwood City, and Century Theaters in downtown San Mateo didn't exist in 1978. The shopping center were Whole Foods is in San Mateo, that used to be part of Bay Meadows in 1978.

I doubt the Home Depot, Best Buy or REI in San Carlos were shopping areas back in 1978. The site were Borders is(was?) in San Mateo on El Camino looks too new for 1978.

But shopping in general around the country has gone from being all about malls and dinky strip malls, to "lifestyle centers", downtown areas, and "power centers" with big box stores. Dinky strip malls are suffering, only very few specialty stores use a small footprint, it is mostly fast food or restaurants that use them, and many malls have either converted to "power centers" or shut down, only upscale malls seem to be left. Vallco down in Cupertino is suffering, while Valley Fair, and Santana Row are doing well. But most of the story is in big box stores, people don't shop at smaller stores that much anymore, Target, Walmart, Best Buy, there is not large lots for them on El Camino, unless they literally buy up a Safeway.

If shopping in the peninsula used to be about El Camino in 1978, it certainly is not the case today.
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Old 04-09-2013, 06:12 PM
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