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Mountain View on the Move

Stanford Electric Works finds new home, customer base in Mtn. View: Business Profile


David Wu/Special to the Town Crier
Stanford Electric Works’ relocation from Palo Alto to Mountain View promises a new, wider customer base, according to co-owner Chris Machala.

It’s been several months since Stanford Electric Works relocated from Palo Alto, its home for nearly a century, to Mountain View, but the electric installation and fixtures company is steadily finding business again.

A complication with the store’s property on High and Everett streets in Palo Alto prompted the move last December.

Stanford Electric Works co-owner Chris Machala had owned a quarter of the Palo Alto property, but one of the other property owners wanted to sell. They sold the property for $3 million to the owner of California Skin Institute, a chain of dermatology clinics, forcing Stanford Electric Works to pack up shop and settle elsewhere.

“The building had too many owners, and one of the partners wanted out,” Machala said. “A doctor made an offer – it was a large offer and it was fair – (and) the building we were in was sold.”

Despite moving operations after nearly 100 years in Palo Alto, Stanford Electric Works hasn’t had much trouble with the transition.

A new showroom at 126 San Antonio Circle with an updated look coupled with a new, wider customer base, have eased the relocation.

“We’re getting a lot of positive responses,” Machala said. “There’s still room for improvement, but business has been OK. A lot of our old customers are following us, and we’re gaining new customers from Mountain View, Los Altos and Sunnyvale.”

According to Machala, the company has maintained the same level of business in Mountain View as in Palo Alto, offering supplies for do-it-yourselfers, interior decorators and contractors, and advice for those looking for electrical installation, service and repairs.

“We’re very happy to be here,” he said. “We like the location, the town. We hope to continue growing and getting to know our neighbors more and go for another hundred years.”

For more information, call 323-4139 or visit stanfordelectricworks.com.

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