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Orchard Supply opening store in Pleasanton

Original post made on Aug 3, 2016

Orchard Supply Hardware will open a 40,000-square-foot store in the Metro 580 shopping center at 4555 Rosewood Drive in Pleasanton later this year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 3, 2016, 8:25 AM

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Posted by resident
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 3, 2016 at 9:19 am

I assume this is going where Sports Chalet was. Great move. It was years that the Party city building was vacant. Orchard is great addition to Pleasanton.


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Posted by HomeImprovGuy
a resident of Old Towne
on Aug 3, 2016 at 9:47 am

Yea. Bringing some life back to a historically bad area... I prefer OSH over Home Depot and Lowes, more service, better quality overall.


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Posted by honey do list
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:30 am

LOVE Orchard Supply. They always have had more experienced help in their stores. I hope they keep that tradition.


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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:45 am

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[Portion removed] I was wondering how Workbench Hardware Stores feel about Orchard's use of their name. I suspect that there was a Workbench Hardware in Castro Valley years before Orchard existed.


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Posted by local
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:45 am

But won't this affect traffic and hurt small businesses in Pleasanton :-). I bet those against the Costco do not care about this since it is not in their backyard...


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:51 am

Since it doesn't impact BlackTie employee parking I expect no opposition from all those "Citizens Concerned About Growth".

On topic, great. The OSH location in Dublin is such a nightmare to get to during the day.


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Posted by Roberta
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2016 at 11:00 am

I appreciate my local Downtown Pleasanton Hardware store and the Santa Rita Work Bench too. Never a problem with parking AND I am in and out in 5 minutes with the most professional and friendly advice! Oh, and did I mention they are dog friendly?!


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Posted by local
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 3, 2016 at 1:53 pm

And as long as Orchard does not sell cheaper gas, the gas stations in town will also not care.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 3, 2016 at 1:56 pm

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Awesome comments and glad topical humor is still alive in Pleasanton.

I'm all for Costco and loke the Osh move as well. Great story how the "small business" can find a market position and be successful amongst larger competitors.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 3, 2016 at 2:03 pm

I always buy my propane from Workbench, it costs quite a bit more than Walmart but its my way of supporting local business. I go thru at least a tank a month so it adds up.

Will still do so, but will be nice to have orchard closer for other needs


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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 3, 2016 at 4:32 pm

WELCOME ORCHARD SUPPLY! Finally some good news. Great service, plenty of inventory with knowledgeable help, I'll be there for the grand opening. Perfect location with plenty of parking.


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Posted by Sam
a resident of Oak Hill
on Aug 3, 2016 at 5:44 pm

@HomeImproveGuy :"Yea. Bringing some life back to a historically bad area... I prefer OSH over Home Depot and Lowes, more service, better quality overall."

I used to regularly go to OSH when I first moved to Pleasanton over 20 years ago, but was dissappointed by their service several times and eventually gave up on them. For me, it's now either Lowes or Home Depot. Absolutely no interest in ever stepping foot into an OSH again.


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Posted by DIYer
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm

I'm a fan of Richerts Lumber. Family owned, local hardware, lumber, home renovation products and very competitive pricing on plumbing fixtures. Much better than Home Depot and Low


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Posted by James Beam
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2016 at 10:39 pm

I believe OSH is NOT owned by Lowe's. Bring OSH headquarters are in San Jose and Lowe's in not .


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 3, 2016 at 11:00 pm

OSH = Lowes since September 2013, ownership is based in North Carolina. Home Depot is in Atlanta, Georgia. Richert Lumber and Hardware is in Pleasanton, California.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2016 at 5:27 am

Orchard wants to be the Whole Foods of hardware and it succeeds in terms of shopping aesthetic and premium high margin pricing. It fails miserably in service (lack of knowledgeable associates at any given time of day), selection (all the same stuff you'll find at Lowes), and sourcing (it seems like 99% is imported mostly from China; barely anything made in the USA, much less local). Half the time things you go in for are out of stock. But it sure does look pretty for a hardware store, it's like trying to appeal to shoppers who want to feel good about themselves and their status in life. The proliferation of brick and mortar retailers like this are why Amazon is winning.


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Posted by Woody
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 4, 2016 at 9:15 am

@ Resident, quick FYI...if you have the time and don't mind re-using your tanks, it usually will cost you $2-3 less if you refill your tanks rather than exchanging them as there's almost always SOME gas left in the tanks and you're usually refilling 4.X gallons of gas. Richert Hardware and Cresco Rents both offer this service.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 4, 2016 at 10:53 am

Richert is the way to go if you live nearby.


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Avila
on Aug 4, 2016 at 11:20 am

Excellent! I saw the San Ramon OSH shut down (on Market Place), and I thought "uh-oh.....are they going out of business???". But now I see what they had in mind---shut down that one because I hated the location, and now they'll open one up with much better access and parking. I agree with some other comments about OSH being better than the two big guys (even though Lowe's owns OSH now). Can't wait for them to open! And the new Chick-fil-A as well (being built at Hopyard and 580 near the old Denny's and BevMo).


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Posted by Joe
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Aug 4, 2016 at 12:43 pm

Comments:
OSH continues to be run locally (based in South San Jose).
Richert is classified in the hardware industry as a 'CO-OP' and are a part of the Ace Hardware chain (the store is privately held but rely on and purchase product from Ace whom are a buying cooperative.) They are based in the Chicago area and have approximately 4,000 dealers in the US.

While there are many retailers who have been put out of business by Amazon, the DIY hardware industry has not seen the kind of attrition as other product verticals and the brick and mortar format has remained successful due to pricing, buy online - pickup in-store, product assortments, merchandising, and the sheer number of locations (HD and Lowe's have 3,800 between them.)

OSH has done an excellent job of creating a relevant, targeted, correctly sized format and this was a major reason why Lowe's acquired them (having struggled for years to do the same) and they have plans to expand to 300+ stores and have started opening stores in Florida and Oregon with the plan to blanket the southern tier of the US (Texas, AZ, etc.) Having enough qualified help is, always will be, a challenge and good help costs $ and is hard to find. Glad to see they continue to expand locally and a Pleasanton location will be a huge plus.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2016 at 1:30 pm

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"But won't this affect traffic and hurt small businesses in Pleasanton :-). I bet those against the Costco do not care about this since it is not in their backyard..."
"Since it doesn't impact BlackTie employee parking I expect no opposition from all those "Citizens Concerned About Growth"."

I think many, if not most, people against the Costco don't like the proposed location, and that reason is the only reason residents don't want one. (Well, the crazy loan is another reason.) If Costco went into the OSH location, I think many more would be in favor of it, as it is far from the 580/680 interchange nightmare. There are no homes near the OSH location, though there are some apartments way down at the other end by Walmart.

For the record, I won't be affected by the Costco at that location, but NO to Costco there. I'd love to have one, but not on Johnson Dr.


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Posted by FrequentWalkerMiles
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2016 at 1:48 pm

"I think many, if not most, people against the Costco don't like the proposed location, and that reason is the only reason residents don't want one. (Well, the crazy loan is another reason.) If Costco went into the OSH location, I think many more would be in favor of it, as it is far from the 580/680 interchange nightmare. There are no homes near the OSH location, though there are some apartments way down at the other end by Walmart."
Right, because Hacienda and Santa Rita 580 on/off ramps are just deserted most of the day so a Costco at the old Sport Chalet would have been just peachy.

Sorry to hear you won't be able to park on the public street all day while at work once Costco goes in!


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Posted by Crumudgeon
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 4, 2016 at 3:58 pm

I prefer OHS's employees to The "Depot Peepo" who send you on on on odyssey if you ask them to locate an item.

"toggle bolts, yeah isle 23" You go there and then another will say "oh check isle 9" If you strike out again the rest of the crew looks down like they are trying to avoid you.

And how about when Home Depot shuts down an aisle for stocking?
That sucks too.


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Posted by Get the Facts
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2016 at 4:07 pm

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"Sorry to hear you won't be able to park on the public street all day while at work once Costco goes in!"

FWM, I used to work on Commerce Circle so I am aware of the parking issue regarding Black Tie. But I have never been associated with Black Tie as a customer or employee, so I absolutely couldn't care less about their parking issues. I have never met Bill Wheeler. Nice try, but I am not a Black Tie employee.

"Right, because Hacienda and Santa Rita 580 on/off ramps are just deserted most of the day so a Costco at the old Sport Chalet would have been just peachy."

If I had my way, there would not be a Costco, Ikea, Walmart or any other store that big here in town. I would love to go back in time, ten, or twenty years to when traffic was calmer and the population was lower, but alas I cannot. I simply said Costco would be better at that site than the Johnson Dr. site. I did say I would love a Costco, and I guess that's true, I stand by that statement. But I would vote against any big box store in Pleasanton if I could.


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Posted by Handy Guy
a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Aug 5, 2016 at 10:18 am

Looking forward to OSH coming to town! OSH dates way back to the San Jose Orchards....a long history in the area! Do wish Kolin Ace was still downtown. They always had everything!


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Posted by perrymac
a resident of California Reflections
on Aug 10, 2016 at 10:35 am

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If the OSH was proposing a 3x larger store at the same site and knew that 7000-12000 more vehicles would be added to the area around Rosewood, the people concerned about planned growth would be concerned like they are about Costco. How much longer is it going to be before the pro-Costco people give up the Trump-like red-herring lie about Black Tie parking being the central issue in the JDEDZ discussions, and realize the issues are much more complex, serious and widespread than this? And that the city government has a real problem in controlling their retail envy and not listening to what the citizens of Pleasanton want?


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Posted by Kristine
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Aug 13, 2016 at 11:17 pm

WHY in the heck do we need another hardware store in Pleasanton? Why can't we put in a roller skating rink or something fun? We have enough in town!!!!! It bothers me because it's like "let's just fill space" what a great location for a roller rink or some kind of fun family spot....But of course all that matters is $$$$$$...


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 14, 2016 at 1:28 am

I don't think there will be any problems here since Black Tie is apparently ok with it For those of you that just don't like the Costco location because of traffic, you should be very concerned about hotels at that location since they are more likely to affect traffic during commute hours. Big box Orchard store ok but big box Costco isn't???I wonder how many of the people so strongly against the Costco are actually Pleasanton Residents and how many are Black Tie employees or people paid by Black Tie.


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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 15, 2016 at 3:54 pm

Kristine - I hear you, but you are correct, it comes down to money. The rents are high in Pleasanton, so you will not see any family fun spots moving into any of the retail spots in town. I would love a skating rink, bowling alley, independent movie theater, miniature golf course, or some other family friendly activity to come to town, but I cannot afford to do it. These types of establishments are having a tough time staying in business so no one is eager to start up a new one. The only places that can survive are large retail, chain restaurants, and a handful of independent niche restaurants and stores.


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Posted by Larry from Dublin
a resident of Dublin
on Dec 19, 2016 at 12:33 pm

"On topic, great. The OSH location in Dublin is such a nightmare to get to during the day."

Not for long; the Dublin location is closing. The insist they're "moving" to Rosewood, but...


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm

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Kristine nothing stopping you from doing so - go for it if you can develop an effective business plan. It's not like the city is preventing those things from going in, people are choosing not to open them


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Mar 15, 2017 at 11:19 pm

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Was in this weekend, biggest osh ive been in in a while, good layout, helpful staff- hopefully sustainable


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