You might notice something missing on Castro Street.
After 40 years in downtown Mountain View, Meyer Appliance has moved across town to 861 El Camino Real, near the border of Sunnyvale.
"It’s a big thing moving a business that’s been in the same place for 40 years," said Edo Rosenberg, co-owner of Meyer Appliance.
With the move came a change in the vision and approach for the family-run business. Ray Meyer III and Rod Meyer are brothers of the next generation, who co-own the business with Rosenberg.
"The other big important thing is the next generation. Meyers is still a family business but it’s the next generation that has taken over Meyers," said Rosenberg. "They are definitely having a new look at things with an emphasis on design and art."
Since moving to the El Camino Real location in June, the business has created new displays and flooring while staying organized for customers.
The new location is much improved due to the increased parking and the large amount of space, according to Rosenberg.
"It’s easier for the customers to navigate because it’s one big open space and we’ll have more to see – more appliances, more kitchen vignettes, more plumbing," said Rosenberg. "I should be able to service our customers better here."
While many customers don’t know about the new location, those that do like the new store and the fact that they don’t have to go up and down an escalator as they did on Castro Street.
In an ever-evolving society that customizes to personal tastes, Rosenberg said they are focusing on offering lots of variation for customers.
"We’re designing the show room differently than in the past," said Rosenberg. "We’re bringing in new products and more variation."
Rosenberg said that Meyer Appliance had looked for a better location for a while. The parking in downtown Mountain View is difficult, and the culture of the area has changed to embrace more startups and less retail.
"The owners of the building could do better leasing that space as office space," said Rosenberg.
Previously the building had been leased by Meyer Appliance on the second floor and Mystyq Boutique on the first floor.
From the sign posted in the front stating “owner lost lease,” it might not come as a surprise that the owner of the clothing store is retiring after the last day on September 28.
In the age of startup culture in downtown Mountain View, Quixui will lease the space, according to Tyler Hooper, associate with Cassidy Turley Commercial Real Estate Services.