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What Should Go in Vallco Shopping Mall?

What would you like to see in the vacant spaces at Vallco Shopping Mall?

Vallco Shopping Mall has been in a decline since the 90’s. Ownership has changed several times, as well as the name, renovations have been made, yet the occupancy rate is still very low. We’d like to get your suggestions on the types of businesses you would like to see there to help Vallco get its mojo back.

Much of Vallco’s decline could probably be attributed to its struggle to compete with the higher end malls nearby like Valley Fair, Santana Row, and Stanford Shopping Center. However, Vallco still has some things going for it: the movie theatre, the bowling alley, the ice skating rink, several popular restaurants, the new Bay Club, and some unique shops you won’t find at the malls mentioned above.

Maybe there are shops at one of the other malls that you would like to see at Vallco since its closer to where you live or work, or because it’s not as crowded as the other malls. Or maybe it should change direction completely. It could convert to an outlet mall, international shopping center (think Japantown + Chinatown + IndiaTown, etc...), or even to offices, medical offices, classrooms, etc. Those are just some ideas to get you thinking.

Please submit your suggestions on Spotmojo using this link: http://www.spotmojo.com/openspot/vallco/

Cupertino Patch has partnered with Spotmojo to collect your suggestions.  The suggestions submitted on Spotmojo will go to the potential businesses and the leasing office. You can make your suggestions in the comments section below, but please note, your suggestions posted on Spotmojo will go directly to the leasing office and potential businesses.

Spotmojo is a website where you can suggest the businesses you want where you live, work, or play. The suggestions are provided to new businesses and commercial real estate brokers to help new businesses find their ideal location. This gives you a voice in the businesses that open in your neighborhood and it helps local businesses succeed.

Crystal Tai January 22, 2013 at 11:44 PM
I agree with Chris that Apple should open a store at Vallco, the mall of its hometown. I also think Forever 21 would be a good store for Vallco to have because Cupertino has a large Asian population and many Asian women like to shop at Forever 21.
Retail Watchdog January 30, 2013 at 07:24 AM
Bulldoze it and rebuild it as mixed-use, like Sunnyvale's Town Center project was meant to be. It should synergize with the new Downtown area and segue in, much like Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek is joined with Walnut Creek's downtown area. Something along the lines of Southern California's Americana at Brand and Grove developments.
John M March 03, 2013 at 08:26 PM
I suggest Being owned by a mall management company like Westfield. Bring in stores like See's candy The Gap. One store thats been there for years just closed. Open the down stairs. I don't understand. Across from Vallco they are going to develop the land and put more stores. When vallco is doing poorly. I do think they should bring in a mixture of stores from this country and abroad. But not all from abroad. Vallco should be more creative then other malls to succeed. I can remember back when it was a thriving mall. Vallco should bring that back
bearesident April 23, 2013 at 08:03 PM
Vallco should have Din Tai Fung, the famous restaurant chain from Taiwan serving their famous xiao long bao, noddles and many more. Every Din Tai Fung restaurant that I knew is packed with queues and people will drive miles just to visit the restaurant like the one in L.A. Bringing in famous Ramen restaurants from Japan would be a hit too and it will definitely boost the business of the Theater and Bowling Ailey with more young adults. An Apple store is a great idea especially since Cupertino is Apple's headquarter. City or owner of the mall should provides Apple a lot of incentives to open a store in Vallco, overall, it will boost the image of the mall. I also think it needs at least another anchor departmental store besides Macy's. It's big enough to have 2 or 3 huge stores like in the past when they have Sears, JC Penny, Emporium etc. Bringing in a Uniqlo or H&M would be great!
haveapizza April 23, 2013 at 09:35 PM
Agree with some of the posters. It needs a complete do over. Blow it up and start over as a mixed use facility. Bearresident has some good thoughts and what the focus could be. Just throwing in some new tenants is not going to do it. It needs a much more cohesive approach.

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