Which Burlingame businesses contribute the most taxes?

Raziel Ungar

October 21st, 2011 - 1 min read
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I've always felt Burlingame is a special place to have a business. I recall Jim Nantell, the Burlingame City Manager, saying in one of my BurlingameBuzz videos that along with Palo Alto, we're the two most popular retail destinations on the whole peninsula. So the below statistics from yesterday's Examiner should make a lot of sense.

More than 150 businesses have opened in Burlingame since January, including Alys Grace women’s clothing, which opened Wednesday, Avenue Pet Salon, ULove Yogurt, La Boulange and a handful of shops and restaurants soon to open as part of its new Safeway-centered shopping center...As a result, Burlingame’s second-quarter sales tax revenues were up 11.4 percent this year, according to Economic Development Director Patricia Love.

I thought the below article in the Burlingame Voice had some interesting information, particularly about which businesses are contributing the most in sales taxes to Burlingame. Not surprisingly, Apple is at the top. I am surprised Virgin America didn't make the list (they're headquartered in Burlingame), but perhaps they have a different setup since they don't of course do sales from their location, only management, though I do believe they have the most employees in Burlingame of any other business.

Here's a quick update on our burg's finances from the Q2 Sales Tax Update showing Q3 receipts from Q2 sales in town from April to June of this year.

The Top 25 Producers were: Apple Computer, B&N Industries, Bayshore Shell, Benihana of Tokyo, Cammisa Automotive, Chevron, Color Copy Printing, Elephant Bar, Garratt Callahan Company, Gus Unocal, Hyatt Regency, Il Fornaio, Kern Jewelers, Mike Harvy Acura and Honda, Putnam - nine makes, Rector Porsche Audi, San Francisco Airport Marriott, Sephora, Technical Instrument, Walgreens, WW Grainger.

Gross receipts for Burlingame's second quarter were 4.2% higher than the same quarter of 2010. Higher prices fueled service station gains. Recently opened outlets contributed to increases from new car dealers, restaurants-beer/wine, family apparel and the building and construction group.

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