Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Is there a Recession

I've always wondered if Los Gatos was recession-proof. I mean, small community, the stores tend to be very focused to a specific audience and have products that you're not going to find anywhere else. But when other people are losing their jobs and houses, how many of them will really want to come down and buy a special bowl for Fluffy or that $250 pair of jeans?
That's why I was happy that they put in a Williams Sonoma, Sur La Table, and Gap in downtown. It will bring people in, and hopefully, they'll walk around and check out some of the other stores.
But what about the other part of Los Gatos that people forget...yeah, The Boulevard. It's mostly car dealerships. And Office Depot. I'll be glad when they finish the new stripmall where The Flames used to be. I'd like to see the stripmall where Trader Joe's, Petfood Express, Little Lou's and Crimson get more foot traffic. Then, maybe, they'll start working on the old McHugh Lincoln Mercury building again if they see that there's an audience.

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