UPDATE on June 8, 2023: The entire Hiddenbrooke Plaza is for sale. See the listing at https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/8300-8340-Bennington-Ct-Vallejo-CA/27836986/
(UPDATED text in boldface as of April 18, 2023) What type of businesses do you think should fill the current and upcoming vacancies at Hiddenbrooke Plaza? It’s been years since the dry cleaner moved out, and the real estate office next door just became available for rent. Traci Perry of Spectrum Properties, the rental agent, asked me to share that the rent on both spaces is the same although one is designed for retail sales and the other is a carpeted office space. You may reach Traci at (707) 469-8000 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Property descriptions are at https://www.loopnet.com/Listing/8300-8308-Bennington-Ct-Vallejo-CA/11986503/
Vanessa Nelson of Ashmun and Associates Real Estate assures me that she is still a Hiddenbrooke resident and her firm is still serving our community. She explained that after 9 + years in Hiddenbrooke Plaza she has decided to close here brick & mortar space because she and both the agents working under her brokerage use their home offices much more than coming to the Plaza office. She says that most Real Estate documents are now signed digitally and stored on a cloud platform so maintaining such a large space no longer makes sense for her business model. Learn more about her services at www.ashmunrealty.com
However, a web search shows that The Loft Thai Fusion & Sushi restaurant is for sale but I’ve been unable to connect with the owner or agent. Details at https://www.bizben.com/business-for-sale/thai-asian-fusion-restaurant-for-sale-in-vallejo-california-279336.php.
I’m eager to continue a discussion amongst our Hiddenbrooke neighbors that might encourage new businesses that we would all appreciate. The other plaza business owners whom I’ve spoken with say they hope it will be a business that compliments their own. One suggestion that I’ve heard is a dog groomer. I’ve seen several mobile groomers in my walks around the neighborhood. I wonder: would a storefront be preferable? Another neighbor who I spoke with at the recent Tree Lighting Dinner at the Hiddenbrooke Golf Club mentioned that they wished we had a place to get a great cup of coffee. I can get behind that idea. I remember when the new golf club owner said at an HPOA meeting how disappointed he was with the coffee he was served when he first visited the Hiddenbrooke Grille. I checked-in there this week and the coffee doesn’t seem to have improved. And while J&O’s Market & Deli serves coffee, it doesn’t seem to be a priority there either. At home, we enjoy drinking Moschetti’s Coffee that is roasted here in Vallejo. I drive to their downtown roastery about once a month to resupply.
So what sort of business would you like to see move into the Plaza? Type your comments and suggestions below to share with your neighbors. I’ll also post about this to Nextdoor and Facebook in hopes to get a discussion going that will help the rental agent fill the space with businesses that we all are eager to support.