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April 29, 2009

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"the real question up for debate is how is there such a disconnect between commercial rental rates and what a business can afford in order to survive around here."

I don't think it's hard to understand. You say "disconnect," I say "greed" and "bad business practice."

Jeff,
The landlords need to get a grip on reality, and soon they will, or everything will empty out.

Check out Julia Scott's article from a while back on Half Moon Bay--John's got it on this site--some of those former highflying landlords are cutting rents, offering free first months. etc., etc.

"Eureka Square is managed by a firm that, like Taco Bell's landlord, is still operating under the delusion that commercial rent rates in Pacifica are worth more than the pittance they really are."

the real question up for debate is how is there such a disconnect between commercial rental rates and what a business can afford in order to survive around here. Having talked to many businesses in the city, I have a feeling the commercial tenants wish they had more business to afford the rental rates the landlords feel are fair market value.

Golfers are typically the customers at pro shops, rather than the merchants themselves. It seems that there is a great deal of confusion amongst the golf haters, and it's similar to the confusion that our elected officials seem to have when they mumble "our ecology is our economy" in a trance-like state. Both groups seem to suffer from the delusion that there is a flood of hikers and snake-lovers that are supporting Taco Bell and other local businesses, and I guess they just believe that this flood will increase with the establishment of their frog sanctuary.

Maybe all the golfers flooding Pacifica could open up a pro-shop in one of those vacant store fronts or a place to get a decent meal or drink after a round of championship golf/swimming at Sharp Park?

We have no power as a city to freeze rents unless the council passed a rent control law.
That seems highly unlikely.

Eureka Square is managed by a firm that, like Taco Bell's landlord, is still operating under the delusion that commercial rent rates in Pacifica are worth more than the pittance they really are.

Now riddle me this, minions, how many of you have EVER heard of a Taco Bell closing due to lack of business?!
And, whatever our Chamber Board is on, I want some.

Yes, I think those landlords make their money by keeping those pesky storefronts intentionally unrented. It's all a conspiracy -- they lose money, but they make it up in volume.

Now, that's a business model only a paranoid (or our current city council and their apologists) could understand.

Good point! Perhaps if the council wants to help our businesses through a difficult stretch they could implement a rent freeze on commercial properties.

Hm. Do you think those storefronts at Eureka Square are empty because of the City Council's supposed anti-business policies, or could it be because the landlord chose this auspicious moment to raise everybody's rent?

i favor the taqueria in the rear of linda mar shopping center...and let's not forget the green enchilada in manor shopping center

Summer and Todd, The best burritos are at El Grano de Oro on Francisco. I also want to encourage all riptide readers to try all three and see if I'm not right.

Summer, the best burritos are at El Toro Loco on Francisco and the best cheese burger is at La Playa next to Nona's. All three of these businesses are original to Pacifica.

I love the 4 or 5 empty storefronts in a row at Eureka Square. One business I think would do well in Pacifica is a sign-making shop that prints "For Lease" signs. On second thought, maybe it should be located outside of Pacifica, so it won't be subject to an additional sales tax.

And I wonder if the Taco Bell will sit empty as long as the KFC?

. . . but the Chamber of Commerce President says business is good and a sales tax won't discourage a vibrant business community.

I noticed Tranquilitea (I believe last year's winner of Best New Business at the Chamber of Commerce awards) has closed and has a "For Rent" sign out front. Coastside Consignments on Palmetto closed and left town. No Fresh and Easy in our near future, Walgreens looks like they may open in 2020 at the rate they are constructing that store . . . but the Chamber of Commerce President says business is good and a sales tax won't discourage a vibrant business community.

Oh, NO!!! Only ONE Taco Bell in Pacifica and only TWO MickyD's? I am bereft and disconsolate.

Guerrero's near the red caboose has arguably the best burritos in town.

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