Retail roundup: Amazon Books is now in Walnut Creek, more retailers open in Concord

Customers shop during the grand opening of the Amazon Book store at Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. The new store holds about 3,800 books and offers customers a Peet's Cafe. This is the first Amazon Books store in the East Bay. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)


Amazon has opened its first East Bay location of Amazon Publications, its chain of brick-and-mortar bookstores, in Walnut Creek’s Broadway Plaza shopping centre.

The e-commerce giant’s prosperity of data has served it stock the store with 3,800 titles that are rated extremely by Amazon potential buyers or are prime sellers online. Curators for the store also use information from Amazon’s social cataloging site, Goodreads, as well as Kindle, to fill shelves with instructed titles.

The store, which also hosts a cafe from Peet’s Coffee, is open 9 a.m. to nine p.m. on weekdays, Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Legendary Cloth STORE To shut IN ALAMEDA

Beverly’s Material & Crafts, a longtime purveyor of fabric, craft supplies and home decor, is closing its site in Alameda.

The store, which opened in September 1999, will be closing with the end of December.

“The landlords for the South Shore Shopping Middle have been great to work with throughout the years,” said Kristi Zuniga, of Beverly’s, in an email. “We are sad to leave such a beautiful shopping center; unfortunately, due to low sales and increased government regulations, we had to make the difficult decision to shut this location. We are going to miss the loyal staff and community that has supported us throughout the years.”

The retailer, which has stores throughout California, has been in operation for almost 50 years. It is closing other locations, including one in Salinas. It closed a store in Rocklin in October, likewise as stores in Citrus Heights and Canyon Country earlier this year.


After Concord’s long-anticipated shopping center, The Veranda, opened in October with a few tenants, including TJ Maxx, Lunchbox Wax, Sleep Number and AAA, more businesses are opening this month. Travis Credit Union was slated to open this week, and on Saturday, Nov. 4, Toys ‘R’ Us is planning a grand opening.

Later in the month, heart executives expect Peet’s Espresso & Tea to open on Nov. 18. For a fuller list of retailers that have signed on so far, look here.


A chain of studios featuring do-it-yourself woodworking activities has opened a area in downtown Walnut Creek.

Board & Brush, which calls itself “the original and fastest-growing DIY wood sign workshop chain in the U.S,” announced on its website its opening at 1389 North Main St. in Walnut Creek.

The idea is similar to the painting classes that have popped up around the area in which people drink wine and participate in guided painting classes. At Board and Brush, the concept is pairing a drink with a session of woodworking. People can learn to sand, stain and distress wood signs and personalize them for their homes.