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What Should Go Here, Campbell?

Retail, restaurant commercial space at 195 E. Campbell Ave. has remained empty for more than seven months, according to the Loop.Net website.

This commercial space in downtown Campbell at 195 E. Campbell Ave. has been empty for more than seven months, according to the Loop.Net website. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
This commercial space in downtown Campbell at 195 E. Campbell Ave. has been empty for more than seven months, according to the Loop.Net website. Photo by Sheila Sanchez
A commercial space remains empty in downtown Campbell, flanked by Spread Deli and Bottles, 193 E. Campbell Ave. and Kaleido Lamps, 197 E. Campbell Ave.

The location is great, right across the street from the Orchard City's popular Sonoma Chicken Coop restaurant, 200 E. Campbell Ave.

On the east side of the popular downtown Campbell street, the space's large glass walls and doors are covered with paper on the inside. 

Employees at Spread Deli and Kaleido Lamps didn't want to speculate as to who might move in at 195 E. Campbell Ave.

On the Loop.Net website, the space is described as being 10,906 square feet with the ability to being subdivided into a minimum of 1,230 square feet.

The property's Loop.Net listing was last updated 216 days ago, or more than seven months ago.

Loop.Net describes the space as having high visibility and heavy foot traffic, with street and garage parking.

It also says the space can be used for retail or a potential restaurant.


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Sheila Sanchez January 28, 2014 at 01:24 PM
Odd to have such a nice commercial space empty for so long in such a great part of Campbell.
Stephen Allen January 29, 2014 at 01:01 PM
Yes, no mention of the rent/lease cost. I'm sure that has something to do with it. I'm sure you'd need to sell a lot of food or lamps to be able to cover it! I always wonder how the existing businesses do it. I walk downtown often and notice many small business that have great ideas, but can't seem to stay long. (Green Planet Yarn, that organic gardening store are a couple of examples.) We need more businesses like this. There are already enough restaurants there, in my opinion. Perhaps a good spot for a LOCAL clothing store or other hand made goods that people need. No more "high end" anything. I would like to see more "home town" types of businesses that would offer an alternative to the big box stores around town. Of course, it would only work if people use them. I know I would. Perhaps a good solution would be to lower lease/rents rates to encourage more small businesses to come to downtown. Time to get realistic about it.
Elle W January 29, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Hi. I saw on Prime Commercial's Facebook page a post from July 12, 2013: "Coming Soon - La Tartine - pastries, desserts, French breads - 195 E Campbell" https://www.facebook.com/pages/Prime-Commercial-Inc/263611520329196 (Prime Commercial is the brokerage firm behind Merrill Gardens and Alvin's Corner Penny Lane.)

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