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Sacramento clothier to leave Downtown Plaza for midtown site

Co-owners D. Scott Gilbert and Justin Bilbao inside their clothing store “Getta Clue Store” in the Downtown Plaza in 2003.
Co-owners D. Scott Gilbert and Justin Bilbao inside their clothing store “Getta Clue Store” in the Downtown Plaza in 2003. Sacramento Bee file

As developers gear up for a potentially major renovation of what’s left of Sacramento’s Downtown Plaza, one of its long-standing tenants is heading to midtown.

Getta Clue, a hip clothing merchant and one of a handful of stores remaining in Downtown Plaza, plans to relocate to midtown’s popular MARRS building by Jan. 10.

The move is a product of the pending overhaul of the western half of the mall, which is expected to begin sometime in 2015.

Justin Bilbao, a co-owner of the store, said Getta Clue began looking around, “knowing that we were going to have to leave.” The store has been at Downtown Plaza for 17 years, he said.

The eastern half of the mall was torn down earlier this year to make way for a new Kings arena and an adjacent hotel and office tower. The Kings and their development partner, JMA Ventures of San Francisco, have said they expect to renovate much of the western half of the mall, although definitive plans haven’t been announced. Getta Clue is one of a handful of tenants planning to leave in anticipation of the renovation.

“We’re still kind of working through plans,” JMA President Todd Chapman said recently. “We’re staying in very close contact with all of the tenants and making sure they understand exactly what’s going on.”

Getta Clue’s new address, the Midtown Art Retail Restaurant Scene, has become one of the city’s most popular nightlife hubs in recent years. The entertainment, retail and dining complex at 20th and K streets is anchored by the popular LowBrau beer and sausage hall.

“It’s got a good, well-rounded vibe going,” Bilbao said. “It’s pretty much the heart of midtown.”

He said Getta Clue plans to be open New Year’s Eve to “let people peek” at the new space. But it won’t be open for business until about Jan. 10, he said. Getta Clue carries fashions aimed at customers in their late teens and early 20s.

Call The Bee’s Dale Kasler, (916) 321-1066. Follow him on Twitter @dakasler.

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