Organic foods market to open in Vintage Hills shopping center Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Aug 31, 2011 at 8:15 am
The long-deteriorating, nearly empty Vintage Hills shopping center that was once facing the wrecking ball is bouncing back to a viable retail center with the announcement this week that a Santa Cruz-based organic food market will move into the old Romley's supermarket space.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 31, 2011, 7:55 AM
Posted by Erika, a member of the Vintage Hills Elementary School community, on Aug 31, 2011 at 8:15 am
What wonderful news! It has been sooo long coming! I remember fondly walking down to Flair, Ben Franklin & Baskin Robbins when I was a kid. It will be great to have a grocery store closer to home. I hope this actually happens!
Posted by steve, a resident of the Parkside neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 8:24 am
Unfortuantely, it will be closed in 6 months. There's more to California cuisine than granola and tofu.
By the way, are they employing union labor? No?! Where's all the so-called labor leaders who were fighting a new WalMart at the old Nob hill site. Big and successful=bad. Small and eclectic=bound to fail.
Posted by Fletch, a resident of the Jensen Tract neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 8:51 am
As someone who worked @ Flair while going to college and now living in Pleasanton, it has always been a personal sore spot that the place stood empty. This is great news! I'll most certainly check it out!
Posted by avhs mom, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 9:30 am
I"m so glad to hear there will be a store right here in Pleasanton that will feature organic and sustainably grown foods! I hope there will be a good variety of fresh foods that are locally grown/raised. When will it open?
Posted by Neighborhood Foodie, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:08 am
This is the best news for our neighborhood and for downtown! We'll walk here and will really enjoy having organic choices nearby without having to drive to Whole Foods in San Ramon. This market will make it, there are plenty of people who will be happy to have access to pesticide free foods. When will they be opening, before Safeway's new store on Bernal and Valley? Welcome New Leaf!
Posted by Toni, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:41 am
Yes I am so excited I won't be able to sleep. I currently drive to Santa Cruz to shop this store. The butcher shop beats everything I have seen or ever tasted - and the produce is right up there with the farmers market.
Posted by Kim, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 11:02 am
Finally! Looking forward to trying it out... There is enough local competition to keep prices in check. They won't fail if they get the communitie's support! Everyone who's been hoping for this for years - make it a priority to stop in at least once a week!
Posted by Nancy, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 1:51 pm
for Steve in the parkside neighborhood with the negative comment-Please just stay on your side of town an shop at Luckys and Trader Joes. Hope you car doesn't get smashed while in that Trader joes lot.
Posted by Buford, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm
Steve is right! The southeast Pleasanton (Vintage Hills) liberal elites are at it again! They're forcing organic, healthy produce down our throats! Any store worth its salt has tons of processed food, soda, meat from China, and low paid workers! God bless Walmart and Chinese made goods!
Posted by Mr T, a resident of the Vineyard Avenue neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 9:54 pm
I personally like the Lucky on Holmes in Livermore. Never will you see a more unreconstructed version of the supermarket you remember from 30 years ago. It's colorful, garish, fun to walk through, and unapologetically stocks every mass-produced, non-locally-sourced, out-of-fashion, processed and exploitative food item you can think of. And you won't find a single person in there taking themselves too seriously. It's great!
Posted by Michelle, a resident of the Kottinger Ranch neighborhood, on Aug 31, 2011 at 10:34 pm
Hurrah!! We've been trying to get a grocery store there for 17 years. Now I can just go down the street to my neighborhood coffee shop, get my kids a yogurt, and pick up some bread, milk and eggs without having to drive so far to Safeway or Raleys. I hope they are open on Sunday mornings when I am out of cream for my coffee so I don't have to drive down to the Dairy in my pjs. If they carried the Sunday NY Times, my life would be perfect. This is so exciting!!!
Posted by PlezRez, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2011 at 5:44 pm
I have family living near the New Leaf in Boulder Creek. Every time I visit them, I try to find a way to get to that market for their fantastic deli! Nitrite-free meats make for healthier sandwiches and they have delicious and inventive salads, too! The store has a great selection of organic everything! This is the store I've been waiting for in Pleasanton! No more schlepping to Whole Foods in San Ramon!
Posted by Mike, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2011 at 6:44 pm
There is nothing sadder than and empty store, so I'm happy to read this item; and if more healthy stores promote healthy eating habits, all the better. Anything that contributes to reducing the community's collective BMI contributes to a healthier and more scenic Pleasanton.
Posted by Vern, a resident of the Laguna Oaks neighborhood, on Sep 1, 2011 at 7:36 pm
I've been to one of the New Leaf stores in Santa Cruz and was really impressed. Pleasanton doesn't have a store even close to this in terms of organic produce and REAL FOOD, not processed garbage. The Vintage Hills neighborhood is lucky to have this store.
Posted by Anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jan 3, 2012 at 9:18 am
New Leaf is a great store. I've been to the one in Santa Cruz many times. It will be a great addition to the Vintage Hills shopping center which has been vacant way too long.
Another store that everyone should try is Fresh and Easy. They send coupons all the time in the mail (and sometimes it's $10 off) and the parking is great (unlike TJ's). They have a lot of prepared meals and great prices on other items, too. If you haven't given them a chance yet, give them a try. It's nice that we will have a few small stores to choose from here (Trader Joe's, Fresh and Easy and New Leaf). If the Walmart store comes, I hope Fresh and Easy and Trader Joe's don't suffer since they'll all be within about a 1/2 mile of one another.