Originally set to move in November, the Peet's Coffee & Tea in downtown Novato will stay put through the end of the year before moving to its new location on Redwood Boulevard.
Brian Tagliaferri of Tagliaferri's Delicatessen & Cafe said a lease extension was recently finalized between his business, Peet's and the management company at the Downtown Novato Shopping Center. Tagliaferri's, a popular deli at the Square Shopping Center on Novato's west side, announced in August it would take over the location occupied by Peet's.
In a deal announced in July, Peet's will move into a new complex being built at 7370 Redwood Boulevard, site of the old Denny's/Mills Restaurant building that was demolished this spring. The new building is taking shape where the old Mills Restaurant parking area used to be, and the new parking will be where the torn-down restaurant used to be.
Peet's will occupy 1,800 square feet and will be on the side of the building opposite McDonald's, facing south and west.
Brian Tagliaferri, a Novato resident who founded the deli with his father, Al, in 1997, said they have extended their lease at the Square; it had been set to expire at the end of October. The Tagliaferris have been looking for a new home since the Square lost its main tenant, a grocery store, three years ago. The center is more than half vacant.
"We figure it's going to take about a month to get everything over there, so we're thinking we'll be ready to open by the end of January or the start of February," Brian Tagliaferri said.
He expects to keep the deli's Square location open until about the third week of January, then have a week to 10 days to make final preparations to open at the new location.
Meantime, he's hiring. Tagliaferri's has about a dozen employees right now, but Brian Tagliaferri said he'd like to have the staff at 18 to 20 for the grand re-opening.