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Pro Wheels absorbed Velo Sport

RIDING IN TANDEM Velo-Sport Bicycles at 1615 University Avenue has closed and been absorbed into Pro Wheels scooter shop at 1601 University. Pro Wheels confirms it is now working with Velo and selling bicycles along with scooters. [Hat-tip: EarlyMorningCoffee.]

Safeway on Solano

MULTIPLE MAKEOVERS Safeway is to close its Solano Avenue store for six months in order to remodel. The store, at 1500 Solano across the border in Albany, serves the north Berkeley community. [Correction, 9:00pm: Safeway on Solano is not closing imminently. Plans for a complete rebuild will be coming before the City of Albany in the next month or so. A date for the start of construction has not been determined.] Safeway’s Shattuck Avenue store will close on Saturday March 17th for 5-6 months in order to undergo a makeover.  (We apologize for the error in our reporting on the Safeway in Albany. Probably shows that we should stick to Berkeley and what we know!)

Verizon on Solano

OPEN CALL Verizon has now opened its new store at 1831 Solano Avenue. It has taken over the space formerly occupied by Front Row Video. Ira Serkes snapped a girl scout cookie stand outside the new store on March 10 (right)

New Sotheby's office

NEW HOME FOR HOME PROS East Bay Sotheby’s International Realty is holding a grand opening for its new, and newly spiffed up, Berkeley office at 2 Tunnel Road in the Claremont neighborhood. It is EBSIR’s sixth office in the region, all of which are owned by Mark Attarha and Nahid Nassiri. The opening takes place on March 15 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm and all are welcome.


Shop Talk is our regular column in which we post updates on Berkeley businesses — openings, closings, new directions, relaunches, relocations. If you’re a Berkeley business with news, or a Berkeleysider who has spotted a change in your neighborhood or on your travels, shoot us an email with the details. Read previous Shop Talk columns here.

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