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T.J. Maxx shows interest

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July 14, 2012 | 2 Comments

According to a June 28 Enterprise story, the developer of the Target shopping center says T.J. Maxx officials are interested in coming to the Second Street center.

Dan Ramos, vice president of Ramco, said if a 25,000-square-foot T.J. Maxx moves in, only two 7,500-foot and one 6,000-foot parcel would remain in the center as designed, leaving the city with few options for what types of stores could inhabit the spaces.

To remedy the problem, the developer has proposed altering those restrictions to help draw new retail to the open pads. Instead of city-imposed 10,000-foot minimums for community and regional retail stores, the developer suggests 2,000. And instead of an 8,000-square-foot minimum for apparel stores, it proposes 3,000 square feet.

Lower minimums would allow other retail shops that don’t need as much space, like telecommunications shops that sell cell phones and tablets.

The Davis Downtown Business Association is forming a committee to discuss the site design. The changes would have to go through the city’s Planning Commission and then the City Council, with public hearings.

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel

Wendy Weitzel is a longtime journalist and Davis resident. She is a former managing editor of The Davis Enterprise, working there from 1998-2008. She has written her Comings & Goings business column since 2001. Today, she does freelance writing, editing, marketing and design.
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  • Rich RifkinJuly 14, 2012 - 1:42 pm

    With Target in that very shopping mall and with the Gap downtown and with Forever 21 on the west side of town, we currently have some non-boutique clothing options. What Davis sorely lacks is a large-scale consumer electronics and appliance store. Given that location near I-80, maybe Ramos could attract an Apple Store? Those tend to be under 10,000 s.f. Samsung now operates some stores which are essentially Apple clones. Maybe Samsung would open one in Davis? Or maybe a Best Buy? Or maybe something much larger, like Fry's?

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  • Matthew HigaJuly 18, 2012 - 10:15 pm

    As an Apple fanatic, nothing would make make happier than to see an Apple store open here in Davis. While I never say never, it seems to me that we have a better chance of getting a Wal-Mart built here than a store from the company that Steve [Jobs] built. Davis is simply too small and too close to Sacramento for Apple corporates taste. If you want more info about where the next Apple store MAY be built, check out www.ifoapplestore.com. As far as Best Buy goes, many business publications such as Forbes is reporting that Best Buy is in a lot of trouble to the point where the company may end up abandoning the "big box" model. Best Buy is the victim of "showrooming" where a customer will check out a product at a store like Best Buy and then, after getting the info they need, goes online via their smartphone and finds the same item at a store like Amazon.com or TigerDirect.com, at a cheaper price. Don't be surprised if the Best Buy in Woodland closes within a year or two.

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