What Shops do Locals Want at Napa Center?

On Facebook and on Patch, Napa residents are naming the stores they want to see at downtown Napa's pedestrian shopping center, expected to reopen next year. Add to the list with your suggestions in the comments section.

Marsha Dorgan's interview with Napa Town Center property owner Todd Zapolski brought a flood of comments from readers eager to see their favorite businesses come to the pedestrian mall when it reopens as The Shops at Napa Center in 2014.

On Facebook:

  • TJ MAXX, Apple store Kimberly Hurt Campbell 
  • North Face Wendy Raymond Huss 
  • Marshalls or Tj Maxx Elizabeth Vargas
  • Starbucks. I'd hate to have to walk all the way to First and Main to get a cup of coffee Matthew Young
  • REI Annie Monteverdi 
  • Starbucks! This town needs GOOD coffee. Neil Gehrke 
  • Nordstrom Rack, Apple store Jen Walsh
  • Hobby Lobby Chris Shepard-Brown
  • Apple store Dale Martin 
  • A decent craft store is much needed in this town, but I highly doubt it would fit in with the image of the new Town Center Patti McGreal Renspurger
  • H&M or an Old Navy Chrissy May Rubio
  • Women's clothing stores - not super high end, not catering to an older conservative woman. Something for middle class women in their 30's to 50's who like to dress the current fashion but can't blow hundreds of dollars on one outfit. Kellie Fuller 
  • The Napa Valley Toy Company left right where it is, of course. Renee Fannin (co-owner of the toy store)
  • Agree with Kellie. I would love to be able to shop for affordable clothes and not have to drive 45 minutes away. Tracy Heiser 
  • No more froo froo shops. It's supposed to be supported by the community it serves. Not just the wealthy and tourists. Karen Rubio 
  • Old Navy and Forever 21! Sara Featherstone
  • Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn, Sports Fanatic. A big store as well, like Nordstrom to be a main centralized attraction. Julie Downing Swim
  • Yes some big sporting goods store would be great!! Sara Featherstone 

On Patch:

  • How about aiming towards the younger crowd? Citizens between the ages of 18-26 don't really like to shop around here, we just end up going to the mall... I think a Forever 21 would be a nice addition where Miller's Outpost used to be (later known as Anchor Blue) Just my opinion... Bianca
  • I do very much agree with comments made on this thread regarding outreach for the younger communities. Instead of overfilling our downtown center with an abundance of stores, I don't see why we have not yet created a sports facility in the downtown area. As local teams have been increasing their level of competitiveness, it only seems right that we give a place for our local communities to practice their favorite sports (I'm thinking about a family sports facility such as they have in Vacaville or Vallejo). That way teens, kids, and families practice the sports they love, and stay away from bad choices. And even maybe host a little sports bar & grill with an applebees type of atmosphere. Now to see that, that would be amazing. Bruce Sackrison, Sackrison Insurance
  • Please please ask us 20-40 somethings who are raising kids and living here what stores we would be interested in seeing downtown....we don't want to travel out of town to shop anymore. Talbots and Chico are too old...Kohl's and McCaulou's are OK but doesn't have some of the name brands we are looking for. I think an Anthropologie or Urban Outfitters would be a fun addition to downtown and I always seek after those stores when I'm on vacation! Even a small Nordstrom. April Kennedy
  • An REI Outlet would be nice. Beats driving over to Santa Rosa. Also, another good shoe store would be an asset downtown. Leo Olyn
  • I also vote for a good shoe store. Naturalizer comes to mind. A store that will carry narrow widths, not just medium or wide and have conservative styles. A thick platform sole with a 5" heel and lots of straps to hold it on my foot is not my idea of a good shoe. Glenn Ellen Smith
  • I would like to see a really great sporting goods place like Athleta or Title Nine or even Sports Authority. I would like to get cool yoga stuff and Camelpack items. Big 5 is too crowded and unorganized and Sweeney's is for hunting and fishing. I would like better quality workout and outdoor gear than what is offered at Target, WalHell, Big Five and the like. Not to boast but I think this is a great idea for tourists and residents alike. Heather Innocenti
  • Having just recently made the switch from HP to Apple I would second an Apple store. I think they are still HOT HOT HOT. Busy and packed every time I walk by one! Plus so many people traveling forget chargers and accessories. I think it would do well with tourists! A few other ideas I love....a Title Nine, Lululemon or Lucy store would be great for a speciality athletic store and a Sports Authority or REI outlet would also be a great addition. Having a daughter in her teens, I'd also agree a Forever 21 or H&M would be wonderful. Although my first pick would still be Anthropologie!! And for the record...I don't have tons of money, but when I do want to spend money on quality clothes and home decor that is my first go-to store for great up to the minute trends and style. And I always watch for their sale prices. April Kennedy

Now it's your turn: What shops would you like to see in the downtown Napa shopping center? Tell us in the comments, and click the "Keep me posted" button for automatic notification when we publish more news about what's coming to The Shops at Napa Center.

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Kristina January 24, 2013 at 01:05 AM
Bath & Body Works, Express Clothing, Macy's, Nike or Adidas, Victoria's Secret, Black House/White Market,
Alex Shantz January 24, 2013 at 03:02 AM
No corporate chains! How about books stores, indie music shops, and worker collectives. We need interesting local stores in Downtown Napa that are owned and operated by local people.
Renee Cazares January 24, 2013 at 04:39 AM
I would like to see most of downtown , as it is , run by local businesses, however a good mix of local, franchise and some anchor type businesses , even if that means chains, feels acceptable for the town center. Main street, first and second streets are predominately local and I would hope for that to continue.
Jamie Clemons January 24, 2013 at 05:45 AM
I would like to see more stores like forever21, apple, book store(I know one use to be there) a gas station ( yea if you look around how far away from downtown is a gas-station?) It could come in handy if bicyclist need air for their tires, or people are low on gas.. pet store( I know vineyard dog moved and it was pricey) it would be neat it like petco or petsmart was not across town.
Lorie January 24, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Yes, tweens, teens and young adults NEED something for them in Napa downtown. Stores that cater to the young adult generations: Forever 21, A&F, Athleta, Hollister, MAC Cosmetics, H&M, Victoria's Secret and of course an APPLE store. They would definitely bring the very much needed foot traffic to support -and bring back- the smaller 'mom&pop' ones. And for the 30, 40, 50 and even 60's crowd, WE need a NIGHT LIFE venue!...comedy club and a dance club too!...COPIA? I've always wondered about the old Zare spot on Hwy 29, in my opinion, it would make the perfect NIGHT CLUB venue and revenue (even for the CHP as a DUI trap @.@).
Miki Hsu Leavey January 24, 2013 at 02:42 PM
Nordstrom Rack, a DIY workshop for products and "making" things
Julie Logue-Riordan January 24, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Loft for women's clothing. Sur la Table for cooking and household. Unique food shops similar to Rockridge, a Maison d'Etre, contemporary eyewear like Next eyewear, and I love Pelago in The Montclair Village of Oakland
B Baker January 24, 2013 at 05:43 PM
Coldwater Creek, Chicos and good places for lunch!
K Davis January 24, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Steinmart!! I drive all the way to Rocklin to go there. PF Changs, Cheesecake Factory, Fenton's Creamery, upscale consignment, Dippin Dots, comedy club. . .
DBell January 24, 2013 at 06:07 PM
That is good thinking in theory but if rental on the spaces isn't DRASTICALLY reduced small and/or indie shops will be difficult to keep around. Wouldn't it be interesting if the property owner would offer a low base rent and some sort of profit sharing (up to a certain point)? That could allow these small/indie stores some potential to make it thru lean months. Just a thought.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 07:14 PM
You've stumped me with Steinmart! What does it sell?
Jen January 24, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Alex Shantz January 24, 2013 at 11:51 PM
The high rent is a huge problem. There needs to be some type of rent stabilization for commercial spaces. Or perhaps the city can play a more active role in supporting local businesses. Local businesses are better for the local economy, create a unique environment, and instill a greater sense of community between people. If Downtown was filled with quality local businesses, then that within itself would be the reason for people to come Downtown. Downtown as a whole would become an anchor. We don’t need to depend on corporate chains for success.
Cherie Knox January 25, 2013 at 01:53 AM
Steinmart is a great store, similar to Ross, Marshall's and TJ Max, but with styles and items that you don't necessarily see at those other stores.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 25, 2013 at 02:17 AM
Thanks, Cherie and Jen - All I could think of was beer steins and Steinway pianos!
Jan B January 25, 2013 at 02:39 AM
Starbucks! lol
Kristina January 25, 2013 at 04:15 AM
I work downtown. Yesterday I was at China Light and was talking to the owner who said their rent was raised from $3000 to $8000 per month when the new owner entered the picture. Good luck finding an "indie music shop" or "worker collective" that is going to pay that!
Renee Cazares January 25, 2013 at 05:51 AM
As it is, downtown Napa retail and restaurants are primarily locally owned, unique and thriving, and why not continue the trend with mostly unique and local people doing the same in the Napa Center Stores.. however because that is a mall, I do not worry about chains affecting the integrity of the same business charm of downtown . It feels separate.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 25, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Alex Shantz Rent control will not work. The owners of the complex have spen millions on the purchase. There will need to be millions spent on upgrades. I am not sure what the city can do, to play a more active role in supporting local businesses. What the center needs are High end Chain stores. That attract the tourist dollar, at the same time being useful to locals. We have had local book stores down there, they do not thrive.
Masa Harina February 01, 2013 at 02:37 PM
SEPHORA! Classy, fun, attracts young crowd, exciting. Right?? I would so shop there, and anywhere nearby would get a good look. BTW there's already a great running/outdoor shop on Main St.
Kristen Hughes February 01, 2013 at 09:33 PM
While it's important to support local businesses, I think we need to bring bigger names into the shopping center as well. Napa is desperately lacking a decent, affordable clothing store for women in their 20s and 30s, as well as a place to buy stylish shoes. We could also use an affordable kid's clothing store - the outlets and the few big box stores have very choices in them. I would love to see a department store like Macy's or Nordstrom. I also agree with recommendations like Sephora, Old Navy, Athleta, etc. The vacancy in the shopping center is depressing to locals and leaves a bad impression with tourists, so if we can't fix the high rent prices, we might as well bring in some companies that can afford to pay them and bring some life back into the center.
Helene Abdu February 02, 2013 at 09:51 AM
How about a Big Lots, or a Sweet Tomato, Bed Bath and Beyond or a Barnes and Noble.
LC Wood February 07, 2013 at 07:45 AM
Napa needs a Bed Bath & Beyond or a Home Goods. A Whitehouse/Blackmarket and a J.Jill would be great.


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