WALNUT CREEK — Retailers are making moves in downtown Walnut Creek.
Clothing retailer Free People shuttered its spot at 1540 Olympic Blvd. and is now open in a larger space in the nearby Broadway Plaza.
Taking its place at its old Olympic Boulevard spot, according to a sign on the window, is Vans — the shoe retailer that launched in 1966 and earned a following in the 1970s among skateboarders. The store joins Vans’ other Bay Area locations in Concord, Antioch, Emeryville, Fairfield, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Francisco, San Rafael, Newark, Burlingame, San Mateo, Palo Alto, Milpitas, San Jose, Santa Clara and San Jose.
Another addition to the area will be furniture retailer Lovesac, whose website says it is “coming soon” to Broadway Plaza. The company started in 1995 with the launch of an 8-foot wide, foam-filled “Lovesac” — which looks like a bean-bag chair — and now sells a variety of sectional sofas and “sac” chairs, according to its website.
Other nearby Lovesac stores, according to its website, include one at Pleasanton’s Stoneridge Shopping Center, one at San Francisco’s Westfield Centre mall, and one in Corte Madera.
Broadway Plaza will also soon be home to a showroom for exercise bike maker Peloton, according to storefront signage. It’s unclear when that will open, but when it does, shoppers will be able to try out and buy the Peloton stationary bikes — if they’re willing to shell out the almost $2,000 cost.
Also now open downtown is a new location from ThredUp, the e-commerce thrift store that opened a brick-and-mortar location on Mt. Diablo Blvd. last summer, and moved to a nearby space at 1366 N. Main Street. The retailer has made a name for itself as an online thrift and consignment store where people can buy brands like J. Crew and Banana Republic, among many others, at steep discounts.
It will kick off its re-opening with a party, it said in a post on Facebook, on May 18, starting 11:30 a.m. at its new store on N. Main St.