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Pleasanton council set to OK gas station next to Safeway with drive-through Starbucks coming next

Original post made on Sep 4, 2012

A new Starbucks coffee shop with drive-through service is now planned for a vacant site next to Safeway's recently opened Lifestyle supermarket along with a gas station where construction is already under way after being approved by the Pleasanton Planning Commission.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 3, 2012, 8:02 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by wondering, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:18 am

Do I understand correctly that the GAS station contruction will not start until the Starbucks is approved?


Posted by oldtimer, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:19 am

I wonder if Walmart would get a 5-0 vote if they wanted to build a gas station in Pleasanton? Whatever Safeway wants, Safeway gets.


Posted by BuzzBomb, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

Oldtimer,

You are pretty much right on target with that one. However, that may be just a subset of "whatever the unions want, the unions get". Safeway's labor force is union, Wal-mart's is not". Unions own the Pleasanton City Council.


Posted by Pleasantonian, a resident of Mission Park
on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:38 am

Pleasantonian is a registered user.

We are thrilled to have the new gas station going in at Safeway but my son just told me that they discontinued the 3 cent discount in August. Hopefully they'll still be cheaper than the Shell (?) station on Bernal and Valley.


Posted by Joyce A., a resident of Harvest Park Middle School
on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:39 am

Does anybody know any truth to the rumor that Safeway will NOT be honoring (or offering) their gas discounts through the Safeway cards at this or other gas stations?


Posted by Picollo, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:50 am

Here's a link to the discount Web Link


Posted by BuzzBomb, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2012 at 8:57 am

What stores are going in at the new Safeway shopping center seems to change with whoever is lobbying ($$$$$) the City Council. Whatever happened to the McDonalds that was going in where they are now going to put in the Safeway Gas and Starbucks? I'm guessing that a bunch of left wingnuts nixed the McDonalds. After all it's more politically correct to consume 800 calorie sugar-and-fat-laden Starbuck concoctions and healthy snacks like candy bars than it is to eat at McDonalds.

The City Council makes out again on the Safeway Gas. Originally Danville Oil (the old Shell station) had lobbied ($$$$$) them to get an exclusive deal on gasoline sales in that area. Now that it is a Chevron, the exluclusivity must have gone out the window, so the Council was open to more lobbying ($$$$$) from Safeway.

Isn't it amazing how left wingnuts, unions, and lobbying ($$$$$) make things happen with the City Council?

I'm wondering how the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce weighs in on this one as their PAC is a big supporter of the Council's two left-wingnuts-in-chief, Hosterman and Cook-Callio.


Posted by LOL, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

LOL McDonalds is healtier then Sarbucks?


Posted by Bobo, a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Sep 4, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Hey everyone, quick tip: Safeways' corporate headquarters is located in Pleasanton.


Posted by Jill, a resident of Carlton Oaks
on Sep 4, 2012 at 12:37 pm

And never mind that there is already a Starbucks inside the Safeway.


Posted by RB, a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Sep 5, 2012 at 4:34 am

And there is a Starbucks right across the street as well......


Posted by Harve, a resident of Country Fair
on Sep 5, 2012 at 8:35 am

Was there ever any doubt this would be approved?
Safeway gets whatever it wants in this town.
Went in to the new store, with camera in hand, to see how 'clean' it was. The trays in the meat counter are disgusting! Took a few pictures and went home and called the health dept. They will be getting an inspection before the week is over!!!
It's a shame that they can't keep things sanitary.


Posted by Claudette , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2012 at 11:03 am

Looking forward to the option of another choice in a gas station very close to me, and the drive through Starbucks ~ Freedom of Choice is a good thing ~


Posted by Capt Ron, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Sep 5, 2012 at 12:16 pm

The Starbucks will be located in the corner behind the gas station? Probably not the best place to put the Starbucks as it won't make it very easy to access when you have long lines at the gas pumps. Will they be adding another driveway along Bernal between the off-ramp and the current driveway to alleviate congestion??

If one fully reads the article, one will note that the existing Starbucks across the street will be closed once this new location is built and opened...


Posted by Ms. Araya, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:15 pm

I am very pleased with the new project that went up on Bernal and Valley.. Safeway and all the nearby shops. It makes one of the Main Entrance to Pleasanton look inviting.. My Only concern is the New CVS. I hope it will be painted to look nice along with the surrounding buildings.. Instead of one big cement block. That would be terrible if they kept it looking the way it looks now. As far as the drive thru Starbucks that is an excellent idea for the commuters headed right to the freeway . And the Starbucks inside Safeway is for shoppers.. The one across the Street will be closed.. And to me that was the nicest store in that shopping area.. I have been here many years and they seem to struggle with keeping that shopping area alive.. Maybe they need to upgrade it and lower the rent for some of the new businesses they have struggled much to long.


Posted by Ms Araya, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 29, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Some of you People and your comments.. Making comments listen to yourselves. "Safeway gets what they want?" lol.. What happened to McDonalds? lol Someone making a comment about the Starbucks across the Street without realizing they are closing.. SAFEWAY probably gets what they want because it is a great store and brings in alot of Money for Pleasanton! Stop your whining! Do you not know that when Stores bring in alot of money for the city it is better for us? the residence that live here???? People do your homework!!!! Or just Move.. There is Always Oakland lol~!! My god People grow up!!!!


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