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A new CVS has opened on Telegraph in the space formerly occupied by Andronico’s. Photo: Ted Friedman

CVS PHARMACY The CVS pharmacy that has been under construction at 2565 Telegraph Ave., the site of an old Andronico’s, opened its doors over the weekend. The 26,455-square-foot space carries a wide variety of goods including beauty supplies, seasonal items, household goods, alcohol and a huge selection of drinks. The chain will officially launch the store on Saturday, June 1, with a celebration event. This is the third CVS pharmacy in Berkeley. The chain is locked in a head-to-head battle with Walgreens.

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NextSpace’s new Berkeley place. Photo: NextSpace

NEXTSPACE OPENING Co-working space NextSpace is opening its new downtown Berkeley location on Monday, June 3, and it’s holding a grand opening party that day for the local community to check it out. The 9,000-square-foot space, at 2081 Center St. in the historic Wells Fargo building, is currently being transformed into a lively shared working hub, with orange walls and doors and fun design elements. Eventually, it will be able to host more than 200 members. On offer: 11 individual offices, 18 workstations, and a holistic room for massage, acupuncture and services from other one-on-one therapists, in addition to a large, open café space. The Berkeleyside team will be based at NextSpace for the summer, starting next week. The ribbon cutting party, which will be attended by Mayor Tom Bates as well as other city officials, is June 3, from noon to 2 p.m. [For more details on NextSpace and co-working spaces, read our April 11 story.]


Lululemon: back on College. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel

LULULEMON RE-OPENS For the past three months, the Lululemon Athletica store in the Elmwood has squeezed itself into an alternative storefront on Ashby while its retail space at 2956 College was renovated. The remodel is done, and Lululemon opened its doors May 21. Bright colors leap from the store windows — magenta seems to be a theme — and the clothing selection, ranging from yoga pants to tennis dresses — has been re-organized.


Keter Salon expands to Fourth & U. Photo: Keter

KETER SALON EXPANDS Keter Salon has been a fixture at 1815A Fourth St. for many years, so long, in fact, that the upstairs business has outlasted a number of its downstairs neighbors. Now Keter is expanding. Construction has started on a second space just a few blocks away at 2020 Fourth St. That’s the site of the Fourth & U apartment complex, the anchor for a new extension of the Fourth Street shopping district. Sketch Ice Cream is there and Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is constructing a beer tasting room across the street, right next door to Title Nine. The new Keter Salon space will be finished sometime this summer. Check its Facebook for updates.

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Truitt & White: recognized for waste reduction. Photo: Truitt & White

STOP WASTE AWARDS Two Berkeley businesses, UC Berkeley’s Cal Dining, and lumber yard and hardware store Truitt & White, have been recognized for their oustanding achievements in waste reduction. Earlier this month, local public agency StopWaste included them in singling out 12 businesses and institutions from around the county for outstanding achievements in waste reduction. StopWaste said Truitt & White has had “a leading role in promoting green building products as alternatives to traditional materials.” As a co-founder of local non-profit Build It Green, Truitt & White also educates professionals about green building practices. Meanwhile Cal Dining was recognized for preventing food waste in its four dining halls on campus.

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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  • Ripple

    You mean magenta, not “magneta”.

  • punaise

    perhaps it has a magneta personality.

  • berkeleymiss

    Keter: worst haircut ever.

  • Zipporah

    About CVS: Larry Merlo, the CEO of CVS, earns $18 million a year and is a leading figure in “Fix the Debt,” the coalition of wealthy businessmen lobbying Congress hard to cut benefits in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and to lower taxes on corporations and the wealthy even more than the current low rates. CVS earns tremendous profits from recipients of these three programs, and many of those recipients are living close to or below the poverty line.

    I will never set foot in a CVS again, and I urge you to join me. Berkeley has independent pharmacies worthy of our support that spend their profits in our community, pay proper taxes, and don’t pay outrageous CEO salaries. Support them and help them grow, instead of giving your business to a greedy corporation that stabs ordinary Americans in the back.

  • guest

    U jelly? He earned it. You didn’t.

  • B3cky daBish

    Apologies if this posts twice. I am so angry that the new owners of Andronico’s left this neighborhood without a market. What this area needs is a FOOD market. Berkeley Bowl (both of them) are too far away to serve much of this ‘hood, and Trader Joe’s is nice but limited. The last thing that Berkeley needs is yet another CVS or Walgreens.

  • Chris J

    Why should you be angry with Andronico’s? Certainly the situation is one to be distressing, but then, you’ve got WFoods and Berkeley Bowl not far from you, presumably. Much as I generally eschew going to Andronico’s because of their ‘ten percenter’ pricing, its not their fault that a CVS took up the space.

  • Chris J

    Other than ‘guest’ glossed over the owner’s particular politics and seeming lack of social responsibility as a CEO, I have to give credit where credit is due–he angled himself to a high paying gig.

    But sounds like his corporate culture is all about $$ instead of a more seasoned, current view which incorporates all aspects of his corporation’s viability. It’s more than about stockholder’s and profit–it’s also a out their labor, their providers, and their impact overall on the world and where they serve.

    Thanks for the pointer–I’ll do my own due diligence on investigating this guy.

  • Chris J

    More on CVS CEO Larry Merlo and his lack of socially conscious corporate hooliganism.

  • Tizzielish

    Could you identify independent pharmacies in Berkeley? I am unaware of any.

  • guest

    Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy on Solano?

    We patronized Elephant Pharmacy on Cedar Street before it closed with no prior warning. We found out when we went to pick up our meds. Hard to trust indies after that.

  • EBGuy

    United Pharmacy

    2929 Telegraph Avenue
    It has it’s quirks but can be very efficient compared to the large chains.

  • guest

    You thinks he deserves th18 million a year! Good, you go shop in his company’s store to help pad his 1% income. I’ll shop elsewhere. Meanwhile the average CVS sales clerk probably makes minimum wage or slightly better with crappy health benefits and little or no retirement. Not jelly, just sick of corporate pigs slurping at the slops bucket.

  • GT

    You have whole foods 3 blocks from the old andronicos location and i never realized that 1.5 miles is too far for something like the berkeley bowl is from there. how about a grocery store in South Berkeley or West Oakland where they dont even have a grocery store. At least you have options.

  • GT

    What is going on at the old Andronicos on University?
    There has been a lot of construction going on in and around but no word that i know of as to what it will be. Man i hope it is a grocery store with a deli. How about Monterey Market moves over here and they could have more space and more parking.