Lowe’s could boost Bayshore business 

A big-box hardware store is expected to draw scores of new customers to Bayshore Boulevard, prompting government officials to consider how to revitalize the worn-down corridor.

Lowe’s is building a store that it plans to open late this year at 491 Bayshore Blvd., near Cortland Avenue, after Home Depot walked away from plans to build an outlet at the site.

Approval of the Home Depot proposal followed years of opposition from local small businesses and big-box store opponents.

With construction of the similar Lowe’s store well under way, local opponents of the original proposal are being asked how they would like the neighborhood to best capitalize on the new retailer’s presence.

“Hopefully [Lowe’s] will bring different types of businesses down to Bayshore,” said Floorcraft Garden Center owner Hazel McDonald, who opposed the Home Depot proposal. “There are huge communities all around us, but the Bayshore strip is really industrial.”

Grocery store companies began approaching The City about opening a supermarket in the corridor after construction began at the Lowe’s site, according to Rich Hillis, an economic development adviser to Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The corridor, which is on the eastern side of Bayshore Freeway, is dominated by lumber, gardening and home improvement stores.

It’s also plagued by vacant lots, empty storefronts and neglected infrastructure.

The boulevard falls within a redevelopment area, which will help provide funds for street improvements, business grants and other economic development tools.

“We’re trying to find ways to help existing businesses; that’s one of the main goals of this effort,” said Mike Grisso, the Redevelopment Agency project manager overseeing a community outreach project.

An economic action plan for the area could be completed within four months, according to Grisso.


Speak up

The future of Bayshore Boulevard will be discussed at a community meeting.

When: 6 to 8 p.m. today

Where: Southeast Community Facility, 1800 Oakdale Ave., San Francisco

Who: Public meeting hosted by redevelopment, city and community advisory officials

Source: San Francisco Redevelopment Agency

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