Andronico's Market personnel celebrated their first anniversary in Rancho Shopping Center this month, capping a lot of changes that occurred in the retail lineup during the past year at the Los Altos center.
Leslie Emery, Andronico's new store manager, said the store is pleased with Rancho business, and sales for the month are excellent. Andronico's reported the Rancho store sold more take-out Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners than any other store in its chain.
Dave Leary, president of the Rancho Board of Directors, said the changes occurring at Rancho are all in favor of customers. Merchandise in retail stores in the center now complement one another, he said.
One major change at the shopping center, located at Springer Road and Foothill Expressway, was the December closing of the Blintz restaurant. Clarke's Charcoal Broiler move into the Blintz location and expand next door to the former campaign headquarters of Ted Laliotis. Both spaces will be completely remodeled, updated and new patio dining will be featured, according to Rancho officials.
Clarke's will open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Paul Bosman, the architect for the changeover, also designed Armadillo Willy's, Starbucks and the Fourth Street Library Grille. The new restaurant is owned by Los Altos resident James P. Blach.
Scott and Carrie Vermeer, the previous owners of Lapperts Ice Cream from 1991 to 1994, have repurchased the business from Rick's Rather Rich Ice Cream and remodeling is finished. They plan to re-open the business this week. Sonoma Valley Bagel is moving into the former Gymboree location. A "bagel-cutting" rather than a ribbon-cutting is scheduled for 11 a.m. March 8. Gymboree moved into the former Styler's Carpet location.
Score & Kaplan, a computer learning center for children, will open in early April. Score & Kaplan will move into the former Rancho Video location.
Kathryn Rhinehart, manager of De Anza Properties, which manages Rancho, noted a lot of inquiries for the Sanwa Bank space. The lease is restricted to what the city of Los Altos will allow to occupy the space, but preference would be given to another bank, a stock broker or a large retail operation, she said.
Changes at Rancho also include new officers on the board of directors for 1997. They are: Dave Leary, president, Papa Murphy's Pizza; Leslie Emery, Andronico's Market; Loretta Merry, Cruise Loft; Jim McLoughlin, Rancho Camera; Kevin Sawyer, DDS; Kathryn Rhinehart, De Anza Properties; and Troy Underwood, historian.