Living Spaces Now Open!
At 9 AM, Thursday, June 9, the ribbon was cut and furniture retailer Living Spaces officially opened for business in the former Kmart location at 250 Floresta Boulevard. The arrival of the southern California-based Living Spaces in San Leandro has been highly anticipated, and marks only its second location in the San Francisco Bay area. The retailer opened its first Bay area location in Fremont in August of 2015 and plans to open its third in Millbrae in the near future.
Living Spaces offers quality furniture and modern home décor in a wide range of styles and prices. The showroom is expansive, attractive, and even incorporates a supervised play area for children so parents can shop at their own pace. Living Spaces is modeled on the home-assembly model made popular by IKEA, while marketing a more sophisticated aesthetic and higher quality product. Aside from select decor, the San Leandro location is exclusively a showroom, so shoppers may browse the floor and order furniture to be delivered to the showroom for pick-up, or for home delivery.
In addition to a new showroom, the $4 million investment in building improvements included a significant face lift to the exterior, as well as a new façade, landscaping enhancements and parking lot repairs, elevating the aesthetics of the entire area. Living Spaces has brought more than 100 new jobs to the city and offers furniture sales – a retail sector that until now was not meeting local demand for goods (as described in Part 3 of the Economic Development Update published earlier this year).