Posted by Just another comment, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm
I don't think it is ever a good idea to make anything just one culture, not a school, neighborhood or a shopping center. It will exclude the people who do not speak their language and after all this is the UNITED STATES. I enjoy the food and do not wish anyone any harm but to have a monolopy is never a good idea. This is already happening in many places and if it isn't stopped now then we will be the outcast in our own country.
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Apr 20, 2010 at 10:30 pm
momof2, and a few others like ptown long and HotSam:
While you run out, a thousand-fold run in. Your choice. Meanwhile, the rest of us will enjoy shopping locally for the many items you can't buy anywhere else in Pleasanton..... live crab, live lobster, wild maguro(red tuna) for sashimi, red bean bread, frozen squid, udon, unfiltered sake, sesame seed rice ball, and on and on and on....
Posted by Love It!, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2010 at 12:47 pm
We live in a digital age. Thanks to the Interne, it has exposed us to the bigger world out there. We do not have to travel far to see, taste, smell (LOL) and experience the world nowadays. The world can come to us through the internet and through the vibrant cultures that are now surrounding us. Enjoy the world, expand your horizon and gain a better understanding of it.
I will be shopping there this weekend. Dungeness crabs, here I come!
Posted by Analyst, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2010 at 11:49 pm
For those of you who don't care for an "Asian Market", I'll remind you that there are plenty of other choices in the immediate area. There's Safeway's Lifestyle Store across the freeway at Dublin Blvd; there's the Safeway at Santa Rita & Valley; a Trader Joe's across Santa Rita from the Ranch 99 Market on Pimlico---CVS/Longs & Walgreen's both carry grocery items.
Slightly further away in different directions are Wal-Mart & further down Owens is the Smart & Final. There's Gene's & Thrifty/Rite Aid in the same center and Lucky's is down Las Positas Blvd at Hopyard.
Shop with your dollars where you are happy to do so & quit complaining about a store that you have probably never been in, nor will you ever go into it.
As to the old Nob Hill building, any body heard anything about what is going into it, and when?
BTW, The president & CEO of Raley's (who owns Nob Hill) announced about 2 weeks ago that he was cutting his direct report Executives from 10 people to 5 people (the other 5 were terminated) and last Friday Raley's laid off 153 people (1/4 of the entire staff) from their headquarters in West Sacramento. The Pleasanton Nob Hill is just one of the Nob Hill's that Raley's has closed or will be closing in the near future.
Sounds to me like the "Raley's Family of Fine Stores" is doing real well---NOT !!! and after being in the Raley's on Sunol Blvd, I'll pass on going in there again.
Posted by So What, a resident of San Ramon, on Apr 23, 2010 at 6:50 am
What is wrong with all the people who are posting somewhat racial comments. Smell? Go to any ethnic market and there is a smell whether it be spices, seafood, meat, whatever. It's like "ooh, Asian market, all us non-Asians will need to sell our homes or drive further away for our groceries." Grow up! In the future, Latinos will outnumber Asian, European, and other races. What will you do? Move back to Europe or wherever your ancestors came from? Nobody complains when the Asians raise property values or school test scores. Now why is that? I'm glad I don't live next door to some of you people who complain about Asian grocery stores, but then love Asian food...what a bunch of hypocrites. If you don't like the Asian market then please don't go as I don't like dealing with people who are not open minded. But then this is America and we have to deal with some less cultured folk like some of you and I accept that. So just accept that there must be a demand for Asian food or else Ranch 99 wouldn't be there. If you don't like it, maybe you should move where your race dominates...oh, I forgot that this is America so that wouldn't happen. Good luck in your search of uniformity wherever that is.
Posted by So What, a resident of San Ramon, on Apr 23, 2010 at 7:00 am
Is anyone working at Ranch 99 reading all this? If so please open a Ranch 99 in San Ramon. Preferably in the Gale Ranch and Windemere area where the high number of Asians here would absolutely love it so that they don't have to drive to Dublin or Pleasanton. If only The Plaza had another big space (like the one occupied by Safeway) to lease out to you then you would hit gold here and believe me you would need to be open 24 hours like the Safeway here to satisfy the demand. But in the meantime, I guess the family and I will be heading to the new location in Pleasanton.
Posted by Samantha, a resident of the Danbury Park neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2010 at 10:59 am
Yaay! I don't have to drive to Dublin or Milpitas to get most of the things I need anymore. I'm really surprised at all the negative, racist and ignorant comments. I actually thought I lived in a diverse and open community. For all the hatrers, just don't shop there if you're too ignorant!
Posted by Ryan, a resident of the Pleasanton Valley neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm
These days, labeling someone as a "racist" either provides that individual with an undeserved platform or has the effect of black-listing said individual (who may or may not have a plausible argument). So let's at least agree that it would be just plain silly to ridicule Asian/Taiwanese supermarkets from opening in Pleasanton. I may be biased in the fact that I actually like 99 Ranch, but this is part of the point: This new store has a lot to offer to the community in terms of jobs and offering products that weren't formerly available in our town. Before 99 Ranch, Rosewood plaza was largely a ghost-town. Now it is bringing in more folks (who will likely spread their business around to nearby merchants -- which will spur further growth in the area). Consumers are voting with our voting with their wallets as we speak. Sadly, when it comes to paying taxes, we don't have this same liberty (yes, I am speaking to you Harris).
Posted by Dick, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Apr 23, 2010 at 10:33 pm
We went to the new markey Thursday and had a fun time. Foods that I didn't know about I would ask another shopper and they would be happy to tell us what is was. One fruit we saw and bought was called "dragon fruit". We didn't know what it was and a nice young woman shopper told us how to cut it. We had fun and we will go back.