Panda Express Leases Old Blockbuster Video Space

The Chinese fast food eatery is expected to open in the next five or six months.

Panda Express has signed a lease for about a third of the space that was formerly Blockbuster Video at Diablo Plaza in downtown Novato.

The company will lease 2,260 square feet that includes the round tower space that fronts Diablo Avenue, according to broker Jennifer Hibbits with Terranomics, the retail division of Cassidy Turley commercial real estate.

Hibbits said Panda Express will have its construction team work through the standard city approval and permitting processes, and she estimates it will open within the next five or six months. 

The Panda Express Chinese food franchise started in 1983 and has more than 1,500 locations nationwide, according to the company website.  This is the company’s second location in Marin; the other is in the Northgate mall in San Rafael.

Blockbuster announced the closure of its 6,000-square-foot video rental store in December 2011.

The remaining 3,700 square feet of the original Blockbuster site is vacant along with two other interior plaza spaces, according to Hibbits.

"We are actively marketing it and have some interest, but no signed deals yet," Hibbits said.

NB August 29, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Luckily there are so many vacancies throughout Novato (including right there in Diablo) that restaurants that are more appealing to your personal palette have somewhere to move in as well! It's nice to have a quick option other than a burger or Taco Bell in town.
JaneDoe4 September 05, 2012 at 04:07 PM
another fast food type place? yuck!
Darwin Rodas October 27, 2012 at 08:25 PM
You guys think it will effect china express? in a bad way
Ventress Dugan October 27, 2012 at 09:47 PM
I have wanted to try Whiterose Ranch....good to to know....looks like a healthy menu.
bernie gomes November 17, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Novato is not the "valley of gentle seasons" anymore. It's the "ditch of desperate sell outs". Our town is confused and without direction! Keep an eye out on our schools. They are quietly being replaced by charter schools and cheap labor. All high in unhealthy ingredients! Get a window seat and watch your town go by.


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