Stanford Electric Works to move to Mountain View

After 99 years of calling Palo Alto its home, Stanford Electric Works will move to Mountain View at the end of June, according to the store's owner.

Chris Machala said he'd prefer to stay in the store's current location, but was unable to match a $3 million dollar offer for the property from the owner of California Skin Institute, a collection of dermatology clinics in Northern California.

Machala has owned the electric installation and fixture business on High and Everett streets since 1999, but owns only about a quarter of the property on which it's built. The other owners of the property have been allowing him to operate out of the building for below-market rent because of the company's history at the location.

Machala said the store will reopen at 126 San Antonio Circle in Mountain View, which he said was as close as he could reasonably get to his customer base. He said most of the money he got from the sale would go to moving his business to Mountain View.

While its been at this location since 1964, Machala said it won't be the first time the business has had to relocate.

The city claimed its previous space across the street as eminent domain to build a fire station, and before that it had been located on Waverley Street.

"This business has survived the Depression, world war and the latest recession," he said, adding that the business would continue in Mountain View much as it had in Palo Alto.


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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Stanford Electric works, let me be the first to say this. Welcome to Mountain View, great to have you here.

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Posted by Sean
a resident of Shoreline West
on Apr 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Didn't realize that area was Mountain View- still very close to Palo Alto for your frequent customers. Good Luck!

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Posted by Konrad M. Sosnow
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2013 at 3:19 pm

Welcome to Mountain View. I am sure that you will keep many of your Palo Alto customers and add Mountain View Customers. I know that I will be stopping by soon.

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Posted by John
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Apr 1, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Welcome to Mountain View from one of your "current" customers!

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2013 at 6:13 pm

Walking to a skin institute doesn't sound near as enjoyable as walking over to Stanford Electric. They will be missed.

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Posted by Mannie
a resident of another community
on Apr 1, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Chamber of Commerce Mountain View welcomes you to the neighborhood, Chris. Our members look forward to celebrating your arrival.

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Posted by Christine Machala
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Apr 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm

Congratulations Chris! We are sure all of your hard work and absolute dedication to Stanford Electric is going to benefit the Mountain View community! Can't wait to see the new space!

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