Friday, March 31, 2006

Florin Mall Now Closed

Florin Mall in Sacramento has closed its doors for good. Demolition has begun and a new power center will take its place. The mall just never recovered from the loss of Weinstocks and then the JC Penney outlet some years later.
However, a new mall is planned in Elk Grove.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The Summit Sierra Opens Today

Today is the grand opening of The Summit Sierra shopping center in south Reno. With the debut of many Reno-exclusive stores, this center ought to give Meadowood Mall a run for its money. However, Meadowood does have the better location and a roof. Both Park Lane and Shoppers Square both started as open-air centers, but both put on roofs to provide protection from the cold Reno winters. The Summit Sierra will test the theory that an excellent mix of desireable stores set in an open-air environment can outperform enclosed malls.

Long range plans for The Summit Sierra include a hotel and resort. In the future, the Summit Sierra mall may cater exclusively to tourists.

One thing that bugs me... the name. Why "The Summit Sierra"? Didn't the owners Google the name? If they did, they would have found out there are other Summit Sierras, yet, none of them are associated with a shopping mall. In fact, most visitors to my site have typed in "summit sierra mall," which could explain why no one is finding the official site of The Summit Sierra. Interesting concept.

Read my guide to The Summit Sierra

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Added photos and updated review for San Francisco Japan Center

We visited San Francisco Japan Center recently. First time in maybe twenty years. It's definitely a lot of fun to visit and we spent all day there.
Read the review at San Francisco Japan Center

Why do stores ask you for your telephone number?

According to an ABC News original report, it's "Because a phone number often can be used to look up a customer's address, stores say it helps them send special offers through the mail or tailor those offers to a customer's prior purchases. Many stores have signs explaining such a policy near checkout counters. Such signs commonly add that the stores don't share their customer information with third parties."
For additional information, see the full report at ABC News