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Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 | Posted by


Jane from Cotati asked this morning, “Hey, I just noticed that they tore down the strip mall/stores at the corner of Expressway and Commerce (behind Jack in Box.).  Do you know what they’re putting in there?  And a new Starbucks there too.  I heard they were closing the one NEXT to Safeway.  What are they putting in that space?”

Quite a few people noticed as the large building in the Sonoma Gateway Center at the corner of Commerce Boulevard and Rohnert Park Expressway was demolished a week ago. The building had housed Sushiko and Metro PCS as well as being the former home to Del Secco’s and Bear Buddies & Toys.

A new Walgreen’s store will be built on that location, approved by the Planning Commission on Sept. 27, 2012. The plan is to build a 13,659-square-foot building, complete with a drive-thru window.

Ironically when the Sonoma Gateway Center was built the original plan called for a Walgreens to be housed in the remaining building. Sushiko and Metro PCS migrated across the parking lot to the “clock tower” side of the Center and are expected to be joined by another business shortly. While the owners are still staying quiet about a tenant, the Built with Principle Construction Company is in the process of completely remodeling the space next to Metro PCS.

The new Starbucks next to the Black Bear Diner is scheduled to open at 5 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7. It was created to replace the location in the Park Plaza Center because they will have a drive-thru window to allow service to more customers. The staff from the Park Plaza location is relocating to the new store and is currently setting the space up. The old Starbucks next to Safeway is currently closed, however there is still a location inside of Safeway.

Currently the management company that services the plaza there is not a new tenant set to move into the space that Starbucks occupied.

What do you think about the changes?

  • Itsme

    The local transients and homeless hung out at the Starbucks near Safeway, making it a not-so-pleasant place to have coffee.

    This may also make it harder to find a tenant for that space.

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