San Ramon has two shopping areas that have served as small interim downtowns for the city for several years. Recently, businesses and residents have called for a downtown as a commercial center that will welcome visitors and showcase the business community. The city of San Ramon is growing rapidly and despite being home to several businesses, when residents want to enjoy a downtown they often drive down to nearby Danville.
The two shopping centers that have food service and retail stores are The Market Place Shopping Center and the sprawling Bishop Ranch Business Park.
The Market Place Shopping Center
The Market Place Shopping Center is conveniently located along Bollinger Canyon Road at Alcosta Boulevard. Some of the anchor stores are Nob Hill Foods, CVS Pharmacy, and Fitness 19. The Marketplace is a popular shopping center in San Ramon and has ample parking spaces. The San Ramon Library is also located at The Marketplace.
Bishop Ranch Business Park
Bishop Ranch, San Ramon’s most prominent business complex in addition to housing several corporations also is home to retailers. Bishop Ranch is just off the 680 Freeway on Bollinger Canyon Road. There is a Whole Foods Market, Jamba Juice, Rice Garden, Target, Cingular, Baja fresh, Pasta Pomodoro, Wells Fargo Bank, Super Cuts, and a Magnolia hi-fi. See the full list of tenants here.
Bishop Ranch, 1 Annabel Lane Ste. 105, San Ramon, CA 94583, (925) 866-0100
Bishop Ranch hosts several events for its tenants.
One of the main improvements residents unanimously want to see is a downtown in San Ramon. In the 1970s, San Ramon experienced tremendous growth, but the city lacked one prominent urban feature that was present in neighboring cities Danville, Pleasanton, and Livermore: A lively downtown where everyone could gather, shop, and relax.
After several years of negotiations, in 2008, the city announced plans to build a city center on 40 acres along Bollinger Canyon Road in Bishop Ranch. The projected cost was budgeted for $750 million. The proposal included a hotel, high-end retail, movie theatre, restaurants, library, city hall, transit center, residential units, and deluxe office space.
However, the construction of the new City Center has been temporarily postponed due to the economic decline that started also in 2008. The plan is that the project will move forward when economic conditions improve.
To read more about the progress and for more information, please see the articles and city documents we have listed below.
San Ramon Express
San Ramon City Center
Frequently Asked Questions from the City of San Ramon’s website.