One recommendation from the city’s recent retail study is to encourage “Asian-oriented retail,” considering the predominance and growth of the Asian population in town.
The report noted that Warm Springs, which happens to have an Asian-themed shopping center, is the only one of Fremont’s historic shopping districts that isn’t under-performing. Another Asian-themed shopping center, with a Marina Foods, is going nearby in the old Navlet’s space.
So you’d think the city, always trolling for sales tax revenue, would be open to Asian-themed centers all over town, but that isn’t always the case. With the Globe project, for instance, the city wanted the development to have more of an international flavor, rather than solely an Asian one.
The developers have now asked to put a hotel in the planned Europa Village. Maybe it’ll have a Trappist bar inside.