Nokia’s Sunnyvale Move Brings High Hopes For Business Owners

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SUNNYVALE (KCBS) — Nokia is opening its new Bay Area headquarters in Sunnyvale on Monday.

The giant telecommunications company will bring in about 500 to 700 employees to the downtown, which is music to the ears of restaurants and retailers.

Nokia will fill a spot that’s been vacant for years, when it moves its offices to the new Sunnyvale Town Center.

Leigh Odum, owner of Leigh’s favorite books, hopes this development will attract more tenants in the center.

KCBS’ Mike Colgan Reports:

“It’s been hard having an empty mall up the street and it’s also nice to know that it’s going to be occupied,” said Odum.

Restaurant owners, like Il Postale owner Joe Antuzzi, are chomping at the bit to serve lunch and dinner to the hundreds of potential new clients.

“They have to eat lunch and dinner. A lot of them work late and because they don’t have a cafeteria on-site, it should bring a lot of business into the area,” said Antuzzi.

Tangerine gifts and accessories owner Donna Lang says it’ll be great to see more people downtown.

“We’ve got a great little street here. The loyal people love this street. They love the shops down here, they love the restaurants. You know, if more people would just come on down, I think everything would be great,” said Lang.

Nokia is the first tenant to move into the new center.

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