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New Safeway supermarket, retail complex to open this fall

Original post made on Jul 26, 2011

Work is continuing on a new 58,000-square-foot "Lifestyle" supermarket at Bernal and Valley Avenues, next to the northbound I-680 Bernal Avenue off-ramp.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 7:59 AM

Comments (19)

Posted by Concerned Californian, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:12 am

It's too bad that Pleasanton gas station owners and the city council conspired against Safeway so they cannot sell gasoline at this location. There is no discount gas in Pleasanton - it's either Safeway in Dublin, Costco in Livermore or that place of Andrade Road in Sunol. Not all of us live in Ruby Hills with $70K worth of jewelry lying around - some of us need to buy gas cheap. And the rationale was laughable - I think it was based on the argument that it would cause too much traffic - like the Shell station right across the street from the site doesn't?

I guess it comes down to who does a better job of greasing the palms - Safeway's local lobbyist must have been asleep at the wheel...


Posted by Ravindra, a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Jul 26, 2011 at 10:36 am

Ravindra is a registered user.

I agree with the earlier post, with all the land available for Safeway at this site, they should have allowed Safeway Gas. Its more revenue for Pleasanton. The high priced gas buyers will continue to shop at Shell and others, the Pleasanton residents are getting cheaper gas from Dublin and Livermore.


Posted by JR, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jul 26, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Headquarters in Pleasanton and still no gas station..CRAZY. Because of that I go to Dublin or Livermore because that tells me Pleasanton doesn't need the money.


Posted by curious, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 26, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Anyone know exactly what kind of retail shops are going in? Would so love to have a more convenient pharmacy with a drive through for script pick-ups!


Posted by woggut, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jul 26, 2011 at 3:20 pm

Can someone explain why Safeway gets to build their Lifestyle store, but Walmart wasn't allowed to expand their refrigerated section? The difference is??? I don't typically shop at Walmart, but it annoys me to no end when the Council & Planning Commission decide where I will be allowed to shop.


Posted by MrsJhh, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jul 27, 2011 at 12:08 am

And will THIS Pleasanton Safeway actually have some cycle racks?

(Note to Safeway: Two small, flat rails - placed just where customers are trying to walk in and out of a store - do not "provision for customers with bicycles" make.)


Posted by sarah, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

Would someone publish what other stores will be in this center? Thanks


Posted by Alamedacounty native, a resident of Foothill Farms
on Jul 27, 2011 at 8:55 am

You can pin all the Walmart problems on Jennifer Hosterman and her cronies. Apparently Walmart wasn't willing to kick down enough cash to Hosterman to buy her vote. And Hosterman is an honest politician.
Remember an honest politician is one who when you buy them, they stay bought.


Posted by LAS, a resident of Valley Trails
on Jul 27, 2011 at 9:24 am

To: Alameda County Native - Please do tell how Jennifer Hosterman and cronies stopped or stalled the Walmart Market? I haven't heard anything and we're very much hoping to have a Walmart Market here locally.


Posted by reasonable, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

I still cannot believe we are getting yet another supermarket in town. We already have a Safeway just about a mile away from this one, a Raley's at walking distance (and it is never full), plus Trader Joe's, a new Fresh and Easy, a big Lucky's, etc.

I would LOVE to see a grocery-type store conveniently located at the still-empty Vintage Hills anchor spot, or in the old Nob Hill location. And if you want "super store" shopping we have WalMart, Target, and Costco all within a short drive.

A gas station would have been a great and welcome addition (there are always huge lines at Shell across the street, even though it is overpriced), but to build a new supermarket? What am I missing here????


Posted by Neighbor near New Safeway, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 27, 2011 at 10:33 am

If it brings Big Bucks into our Strapped Economy in Pleasanton, I say I'm OK with it. The big picture is that it also is close to a freeway so the potential for Safeway if great too. It's good business sense ~

I like the idea as it is just down the street from me and I don't have to fight with the traffic coming on Sunol & Bernal when I go to Raleys in the evening rush hour. I would also LOVE to have an option to the gas station at the corner of Bernal and Valley. They are always busy and it's hard to get gas at times because it so damned small an area for a Jack in the Box, Car Wash, 7/11 and a gas station. Who OK'd THAT plan!


Posted by Westsider, a resident of Foothill High School
on Jul 27, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Can't wait to have a nice, value grocery store conveniently located to the west side. Raley's prices are too high for anything more than milk or bread 'emergencies.' Luckys is disgusting. The Dublin or Santa Rita Safeway stores are across town--WAY more than a mile away, as is TJoes and all the new fresh-sprouts stores. Just wish Mayor Hosterman hadn't screwed us out of the gas station portion of the project. Her concern was tanks leaking into the water shed. Apparently the its less of a problem when the high priced tanks that contribute to her political agenda leak.


Posted by Joe, a resident of Siena
on Jul 28, 2011 at 6:28 am

Holy smokes, I've never seen so many colorful comments about a grocery store before! Not just in this thread, but in previous ones as well.

I'm happy that we are getting the new Safeway and the new WalMart stores. Bring them on---"If we build it, they will come". We should be glad that there are still a few companies remaining who are trying to expand and do business in this Obama economy. I would have preferred that the WalMart grocery store go in where it's supposed to go, which is at the current WalMart location. But there are sooooo many nimbi's I can't believe it!!


Posted by Art Teacher, a resident of Canyon Creek
on Jul 28, 2011 at 8:01 am

I just love big store architecture and its contributions to the aesthetics of the community. It makes me feel so American. I want people driving by on the Interstate and saying to themselves, 'Oh, Pleasanton has anothe Walmart too! How nice!' A strong sense of aesthetics expresses the quality and depth of thought within the community, and helps keep our kids off drugs.


Posted by dwalden, a resident of another community
on Jul 28, 2011 at 8:52 am

dwalden is a registered user.

To Alamedacounty Native - Don't put up crap like the Mayor has been bought unless you put up documentation to prove it. There are actually readers out there that will believe the stuff that is written here.

I reiterate previous statements made over the years - this forum needs have actual identification of the people who are posting.


Posted by two cents, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 28, 2011 at 10:35 am

Can't believe they aren't putting the gas station at this new Safeway. There is no valid reason for not doing so. I will still get my gas at the Dublin Safeway or the Livermore Costco. A loss of tax $ for Pleasanton, all for political reasons.


Posted by A dime's worth, a resident of Parkside
on Jul 28, 2011 at 11:25 am

Get real Art Teacher! Who cares about a community's aesthetics when there's gasoline available for my SUV? It's 2011, and Pleasanton isn't Paris for gosh sakes! I personally think the yellow ambiance of a Shell station is every bit as aesthetically pleasing as a Gaudi-designed house in Barcelona.


Posted by Gassy Gus, a resident of Downtown
on Jul 28, 2011 at 9:44 pm

That hasn't been a Shell station for many months. It is now a Chevron.


Posted by jackbquick, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2011 at 4:28 pm

According to various web posts - "In addition to the new Safeway, a variety of tenants have also signed leases. Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Walgreens, Panda Express, Chipotle, and Great Clips will all have retail storefronts in the center." What every city needs more of - extortionists, cheap drugs, and fast food...


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