Angela Swartz/Daily Journal
The Little Gym and Tutoring Club will be two new businesses in the former Shaw’s Candy factory space in Millbrae.
Two new tenants may soon be joining the commercial building at 1395 El Camino Real in Millbrae, the former home to Shaw’s Candy.
The Little Gym franchise and Tutoring Club got the go-ahead to move forward with plans to open since the Millbrae Planning Commission unanimously approved the conditional use permits at its Monday night meeting. Openings could be in early spring, if not sooner, said Zeden Jones, a consultant working with the new The Little Gym.
The 22,000-square-foot space on the corner of El Camino Real and Millwood Drive was originally constructed in the 1950s as a candy factory, but closed due to leasing issues in 2010, according to a staff report. The current owner, Carl Chen, purchased the property thereafter and has completed major renovation of the building site, including parking, landscaping and signs and is in the process of leasing it out. The Sherwin Williams on site will stay in place, Jones said.
The Planning Commission initially had concerns about the parking associated with the new businesses coming in to the space. This was addressed with the modification of an approved conditional use permit for the plaza which called for reduced parking, said Planning Commissioner Jean Joh.
“They tried to alleviate the parking issue and addressed that,” she said. “They are businesses without too much traffic or parking problems.”
The Little Gym is relocating from its existing location at 979 Broadway, as it wanted a larger facility for its indoor recreation, Jones said. The children’s gymnasium and physical development center is for those age 4 months to 12 years old. Average class attendance is about 10 to 16 per class, the staff report stated.
The Little Gym would occupy a 5,159-square-foot space and operate 9 a.m.-noon, along with 3 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, according to the report. It would also have hours Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., with parties from varying times on each day, according to the report.
Meanwhile, the Tutoring Club is a franchise based in San Francisco and offers an educational tutoring service to grades kindergarten through 12th-grade. Its new Millbrae location would take up 2,100 square feet of the plaza. It would be open 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays during the school year. During the summer, it would be open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Average attendance per class is 15 to 18 students with six to seven tutors onsite most times, according to the report.
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