EAST PALO ALTO, CA-More chain stores are headed for the Silicon Valley–just in time for holiday shopping. On Thursday, the EXPO Design Center opens in East Palo Alto, CA, as well as in Concord to the north. The Concord store will span 93,000 sf, with the East Palo Alto store close to that size.

EXPO is a branch of home-improvement giant Home Depot. But in contrast to the Home Depot’s warehouse-like appearance, EXPO features lush rooms with upscale appointments. Together, the two stores are estimated to add about 175 jobs to the area.

On Friday, outdoor-gear store Recreational Equipment Inc. opens its fifth Bay Area location in Fremont. Borders Books & Music will open its 12th area store–also in Fremont–the following day at Union City’s Union Landing shopping center. REI will span 12,000 sf, while Borders has a total of 25,000 sf.

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