Shopping-starved residents of south Hayward might find a familiar refrain in the recent promotional material distributed by Standard Pacific for its new Hayward housing developments. Take the Web site for Bridgeport at Eden Shores, which has this choice quote:
Appropriately called the Heart of the Bay™, Hayward offers everything you need to live, work, and play. Need a night out? Enjoy a movie at Union Landing.
Well, Union Landing isn’t in Hayward, of course. It might be close enough for many Hayward residents, but not for city officials who watch all that sales tax revenue streaming out of town.
In response, the Hayward City Council is pushing to get a few stores built at the corner of Industrial and Hesperian boulevards. Part of a development proposal being voted on Tuesday night, it will be the latest addition to the still-in-progress Eden Shores neighborhood.
But since the developer, Foster City-based Legacy Partners, can’t say yet what stores it might attract, the city has come up with a wish list for retail anchors.
If it’s not on the list below, the city says, then the developer will have to jump over extra hurdles to get it approved. Which is, in effect, a strategy to try to prohibit Wal-Mart and similar stores without actually prohibiting Wal-Mart and those similar stores.
Here’s the city’s “preferred” list of retail anchors:
Any Mountain, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Big 5, Borders, Copelands, Costco, Fry’s, Home Depot, Ikea, Lowe’s, Mervyns, Office Depot, Office Max, Orchard Supply, PetsMart, Petco, Pet Club, REI, Sports Authority, Sports Basement, Sports Chalet, Sportmart, Staples, TJ Maxx