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Walnut Creek Has Arrived but It Doesn't Want to

Neiman Marcus has trouble opening in East Bay town

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    The outside of the Neiman Marcus in San Francisco.

    You know your city has arrived when a Neiman Marcus is coming to town.

    But don't tell that to the people of Walnut Creek. Not everyone in the posh East Bay town are honored by Neiman Marcus wanting to set up shop in their city.

    The Walnut Creek City Council is putting off a final decision on whether the high end department store can break ground in the city
     
    The council members are concerned about a parking garage alongside the store and how it will be built in their Broadway Plaza shopping center. But Neiman Marcus is not concerned with the the council's indecision.

    "Walnut Creek would be best for our customers and the best environment conducive to our business," Wayne Hussey, a senior store development vice president for Neiman Marcus, told the Contra Costa Times. "When the opportunity for Walnut Creek came, we began working with (the owner of Broadway Plaza owner)."

    If approved, the plan is to build a 92,000 square foot store on the corner of Mt. Diablo Boulevard and South Main Street in downtown Walnut Creek. The outdoor shopping area already has a Macy's, Nordstrom, Tiffany's an Apple store and several restaurants and other smaller shops.

    Neiman Marcus has two other stores in the Bay Area. One in San Francisco's Union Square and a second in Palo Alto.