ACROSS THE WAY Walgreens opened the doors Monday to its new and larger store at 2190 Shattuck Avenue at Allston Way, right across the street from its old location (the pharmacy department will open tomorrow). The new store is 5,000 sq ft larger and is full of items that appeal to the student population: fresh produce, fresh coffee, ready-to-eat take out food like salads, and items to decorate a dorm room or apartment. As Shop Talk reported in December 2011, Sansome Pacific bought the building, which once housed the Ross Department store, and extensively remodeled it. Nokia, the smart phone manufacturer, has rented 10,000 square feet of space for a research center on the top floor, according to Aileen Dolby of Collier’s International. The company used to have about 4,200 sq ft of space on University Avenue.
Berkeley Ace Hardware, which has been in its present site at 2145 University Avenue for 50 years (and in business near that site since 1895), looks poised to move to the old Andronico’s building at 1414 University Avenue. The lease has not yet been signed by Berkeley Ace Hardware’s owners, Bill and Virginia Carpenter, but realtor Michael Korman said a “fundamental agreement” had been reached.
Two course at Cal this fall -- an artistic workshop that explores food and a journalism class that digs into food and farming matters -- offer an edible education to students and the community a large as well.
A few weeks ago I reached (and, thankfully, passed) one of those horrific chronological landmarks that remind us of our inevitable, coming-soon-to-a-crematorium-near-you demise. About the same time, The Expendables 2 – the sequel to 2010’s unforgettable muscle-fest The Expendables – opened in cinemas nationwide. Coincidence? I think not.