Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Staples Opening In Former Salvation Army Space

Staples will soon be opening a store in the former Salvation Army/Woolworth's building at the NW corner of Wilson and Brand. Not quite as glamorous as the "upscale restaurant" the landlord was hoping for, and I'm not sure if the existing larger Staples at the Glendale Fashion Center will remain open.

12 comments:

T said...

truly disappointing to see a staples go in that space.

i don't know how they got around parking regulations though. the lot in the back is really not sufficient for a store like staples.

ugh.

Prince Gomolvilas said...

The Staples on Glendale Blvd. is bound to shut down, just like the Barnes & Noble. It's a shame. That shopping center is going downhill.

Mike said...

That space just doesn't seem big enough for the kind of mega stores Staples does. Low ceilings, minimum parking. What a disappointment...
On the bright side, am happy to see a Panera Bread opening this spring on Brand.

Scott said...

I would've thought the same thing, but perhaps they are looking to downsize. My source on this was a guy walking in the door with an armful of architectural plans.

T said...

I wish they had rehabbed the shopping center that was originally on Glendale Blvd instead of demolishing. It was really rather charming.

And to mike...Panera on Brand???? Where, where?

Scott said...

Panera is opening in the former Ethan Allen space at the NE corner of Brand and California, across from Porto's.

T said...

Thanks Scott.

Panera and Portos, the battle begins.

I just wish Panera would stop cutting items from their menu.

Anonymous said...

I wish EVERYONE would just stop calling "Glendale AVE." "Glendale Blvd." I know it makes no sense, but the only "Glendale Blvd." is in LA.

DRB said...

Of course that Salvation Army building was originallly a F.W. Woolworth's, complete with a nifty lunch counter. It still says "Woolworth's" in the terrazzo in front of the entrance. The orange building a couple doors down was J.C. Penney's, pre-Galleria. Stores then didn't need to be as massive as they are today. Maybe the downsizing of Staples is a return to that. And it might be nice to see a large chain anchor of some sort return to Brand, if it could increase foot traffic to the area.

OTOH, the parking situation on Brand would mean that if they're closing the Glendale Ave. location, I'd probably go to the Burbank Staples or the Office Desperate on Pacific instead, unless I happen to also be going to somewhere else on that block and am only needing something small from Staples. Unless I happen to find parking right outside, there's no way I'm getting Staples' storage boxes on Brand.

Phyllis Harb said...

I used to eat @ the Woolworth's counter! Is this where the Salvation Army thrift store was located and if so, where did it move?

Geo said...

According to a co-worker who has seen the plans, it looks like Staples isn't putting in a regular store, but something more on the order of a copy center, ala Fedex Kinkos.

Scott said...

Phyllis, the Salvation Army Family Store just closed, it didn't move anywhere, unfortunately.

The copy center thing makes sense for that size space but is boring as hell for that spot. Blech. There is already a Kinko's on that block.