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Present will not move far in a Main Street "win-win" swap

Photos by Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Present is slated to move across Main Street after more than four years in its old spot.

What do you get for the gift store that has everything? A new and larger location, apparently.

Present, the locavore goodie shop entering its fifth year in Los Altos, is scheduled to relocate across the street to 127 Main St. in early March. Co-owners Jim Daley and Jim Reynolds will assume the lease for the new space from Heather Lussier Photography, which will turn into a mobile business based in Los Gatos.

LA Lighting pulls plug as owner retires

Weeks after Los Altos Lighting announced what appeared to be a temporary closure, its phone connections are cut and its Main Street building – owned by the store’s proprietor, Chris Kim – is listed for sale.

After weeks of confusion about the store’s status, a sign on the shop’s front door now reports that it will reopen shortly and lists an email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

New LAVA director wants to bring people downtown

Courtesy of Scott Hunter

The Los Altos Village Association named Scott Hunter its new executive director last month. After longtime director Nancy Dunaway resigned last July, the monthslong search culminated in Hunter’s hiring.

“LAVA is important to the downtown business area,” Hunter said. “We need to find ways to bring more people to downtown.”

Rancho grocery store plans to reopen as Safeway in March

Courtesy of Tanya Hardin-Bell
Children peer into the shuttered Andronico’s in Los Altos, which closed in late January. The grocery store will reopen in early March as Safeway Community Market.

Many Los Altos residents were upset to see the Andronico’s market close in Rancho Shopping Center last month. But fret not, because the grocery space will reopen in March as Safeway Community Market.

Renovo Capital, a Dallas-based private equity firm, purchased the five Bay Area Andronico’s out of bankruptcy in 2011. Safeway assumed control of the chain late last year and expects to maintain Andronico’s level of quality.

Lights out at Los Altos Lighting, but why?

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Los Altos Lighting has not opened its doors or returned phone calls for several weeks, leaving some customers in a bind.

The sign says Los Altos Lighting is “Closed Until Further Notice.” It has been posted on the front door of the Main Street light fixture store for the past few weeks.

Ga-Ja “Chris” Kim, the owner of the store and the property, has not responded to repeated requests for comment, nor has he been in touch with city officials.

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