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Ranch 99 Market Stinks!!

Original post made by Lee, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Apr 27, 2010

I heard about the opening of the Ranch 99 Market, and went in the opening day. There was a horrible smell of moist fish tanks as soon as the doors opened. As I walked further in, the smell continued.

I'm guessing the smell came from the open fish tanks at the back of the store. But it permeates all through the place! It is awful! Can anything be done about this?

Also, many of the whole fish were sitting on ice. How fresh are they when they come from Taiwan and are in the open, not frozen? I worry about bacteria growth and whether this is a health hazard. Has the town health inspector seen this? Or would it be the County food inspectors to check this out?

Many of the packaged products came from Taiwan, Vietnam, or China. Have they met USDA health requirements, like in a local grocery store? I am reluctant to buy anything as I don't know this information.

Anyone else comment?











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Posted by Ty
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 27, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Lee,

The only thing that stinks is your thinly veiled racism. If you don't like the smell, don't shop there. Maybe you can move to Utah or Alabama so you don't have to worry about Asian markets.


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Posted by to Lee
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Apr 27, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Fresh fish smells like fish. If you want it pre-wrapped and sanitized, go to another store.


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Your paranoia has gotten the best of you...this isn't some secret underground market selling illegal/smuggled foods. Its an American owned chain store. I'm sure all of the products are labelled properly for sale in the US.

By the way, when fishing boats catch fish, most of them just put the fish on ice and do not actually freeze them. The fresh fish you buy anywhere has never been frozen and probably been on ice for days (maybe weeks in some cases).

I don't necessarily think its racist to say the store smells - it does if you are not used to it. And as people have said everyone has a choice to go there or not.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 27, 2010 at 3:40 pm

Lee has a big mouth...that's it!


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 27, 2010 at 5:48 pm

dublinmike is a registered user.

Lee, the smell in Dublin Ranch 99 Market is also strong but they are not catering to plain-vanilla folks like us. Best to go to Safeway, et al but, do stay away from the butcher case... smells like Americans... :)

Also, you may wish to avoid SF's Fisherman's wharf. Smells like crabs and sea lions...


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2010 at 7:08 pm

And avoid Tracy in the summer and definitely do not head down near Harris Ranch


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Posted by Yikes!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm

Avoid it if you don't like it. I like shopping at places that sell international food.

If you complain about this store, by all means do not go to China town in San Francisco.... although you are missing a great area for shopping, by not going there you will not have to deal with fish and all that.

You are definitely a racist imho.


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Posted by So?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2010 at 7:44 pm

"Many of the packaged products came from Taiwan, Vietnam, or China."

So? Walmart sells all this stuff manufactured in China and I don't see you complaining.


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Posted by Wendy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Some people on this forum love to shame others. The person who wrote this post doesn't deserve to be attacked. Ty, if you post this same question on the Palo Alto Towne Square Forum, you will get intelligent, rational replies.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Apr 27, 2010 at 10:33 pm

letsgo - I think all commercially caught fish is flash frozen immidiately.


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Posted by Fresher
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 27, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Ranch 99 seafood is probably fresher than other markets. You can't get live fish or crab at other super markets.

btw, those supermarket also sells items from Taiwan or China, just go to their "Asian" aisle, and you'll see some items at much higher price.


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Posted by Pleasanton res
a resident of Country Fair
on Apr 28, 2010 at 8:24 am

Funny thing is have any of you been to Lucky on los positas lately? Well the fish area smells like fish too.. go figure...I bet the fish there isn't as fresh because it doesnt sell as fast as the fish at Ranch99


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

Pleasanton Parent - while much of it is flash frozen fish that is labeled "fresh" has never been frozen (unless the store lies to you, which is possible)


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Posted by dublinmike
a resident of Dublin
on Apr 28, 2010 at 10:08 am

dublinmike is a registered user.

Wendy, I do not think you get it. We are not going out of our way to shame him, he/she set themselves up.

Shame on you... :)


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Posted by Diva
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

I just came back from a shopping trip at Ranch 99. The place does have a strong fish smell but I wouldn't go as far as saying it stinks. I got used to the smell pretty quickly and got a lot of groceries at a good bargain. I would shop there again.


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Posted by NBA fan
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 28, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Nice clean store, friendly helpful staff, fresh produce, good prices, great food court and the fun of shopping somewhere that provides an opportunity to buy items not found elsewhere.
Yes, there's a smell of fish - what else would anyone expect of any market that sells fresh fish?
99 Ranch Market is a welcome addition to Pleasanton.


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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 28, 2010 at 8:41 pm

The reaction in this thread to the original post is proportionate to the ludicrousness of the post.... essentially Lee smells fish odor in a market that sells a lot of fresh fish including live crabs and lobsters,and subsequently calls for the health inspector to investigate! What planet do these people come from to visit us earthlings?


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:19 am

Ranch 99 is a great addition to Pleasanton. I have shopped there several times already and I am very happy with the food.Their $3.99 rib eye steak and 33c corn have led to several barbecues in my backyard. I wonder if Lee is a front man for one of the other supermarkets that are losing market share to Ranch 99. Pleasanton needs to wake up to the real competitive world out there. Wonder what happened to the other Fresh Foods market that was supposed to open, owned by Tesco a huge chain from the U.K.?


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Posted by David Cannon
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 29, 2010 at 10:25 pm

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I think 99 Ranch is a delightful addition to Pleasanton. Yes, food smells when it is not shrink wrapped in plastic (ya think).

Fish has an odor. I hope this does not come as a surprise to you. The food is fresh. The variety is terrific. The prices are terrific. You can get all the white bread you want at Safeway.

I will shop at: 99 Ranch, Trader Joes, Smart & Final, Genes Fine Foods, Grocery Outlet (incredible wine prices) and last and least frequently Safeway. Bon Appetit to all foodies.


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm

I'm all for 99 Ranch market and cheap food everywhere, let's just remember, cheap food has its price


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