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Vintage Hills grocery

Original post made by Tango on Nov 17, 2011

There seems to be work going on in the old Vintage Hills grocery. I can hardly wait to find out when it is going to open. As much as I love to use the Milk Depot, I could have had a much shorter drive Sat. morning, to get milk for my breakfast. Sure stupid of me to run out of milk in the first place.

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Posted by McDaddy, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

Yes, stupid of you to run out of milk - agreed. This store will not survive unfortunately. Perhaps if every surrounding resident runs out of milk every day the store will make it. Grocery stores need a lot of sales -- not just candy and milk. Look around Pleasanton at all of the empty strip malls struggling to have businesses surive -- Vintage Hills Plaza, Bernal/Valley and Rosewood Plaza always have issues with occupancy.

Kekora (gone and then back under new management?), Gold N'Time (gone), Coffee Shop (soon to go under), empty karate place, other empty storefronts. Total mess. There is not enough exposure for the Vintage Hills center to have successful businesses with appeal. Yogurt and laundry -- ppppllleeeaaassee.

Bernal/Valley - mexican place goes under, chinese goes under, indian restaurant (soon to go under), bagel place (soon to go under). Guess what -- McDonalds or Subway. Corporate America at its finest. How many people would rather see all of these places in business INSTEAD of crap McDonalds.

Expect the same thing to happen across town at the new Safeway. That entire shopping center across the street from Safeway will go under once McDonalds moves in. Chipotle will take out the Mexican place.

I really can't believe the city approved a McDonalds at that location. The city planners need to get a grip!! Ruining Pleasanton!

Posted by Claudette , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:29 am

Good grief is the sky falling too McDaddy?

Businesses come and go in good times and bad, let's hope for the best and perhaps the best will happen :) I'm looking forward to the Natural Foods store that will be moving into the Vintage Shopping Center. That's something many, or dare I say most, people are doing these days, trying to eat and live healthier.

Posted by Claudette , a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

Oh yes, I wanted to mention I just got back from Coffee Ali at the Vintage Shopping Center, and that Coffee Shop is going strong with hardly an empty chair!

A woman that provides some of the tasty pastry, handed out samples of freshly baked macaroons that were to die for ~ Great atmosphere too. Lots of groups stop by and meet there as well. There is a Mic Night and other things going on at the Coffee house, so get your facts straight, they aren't going anywhere. There are other businesses there too that are open. I suggest everyone to see for yourselves, and if you want businesses to survive, you need to frequent them, especially if they are in your community.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone ~ Cheers!

Posted by annonymous, a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 18, 2011 at 12:21 pm

I think McDaddy is off his McRocker. I work in a market research group and I can tell you there is no basis for the statement about how McDonalds will force the mexican restaurant across the street to go out of business.

I know the residents around Vinatage Hills area do need a closer grocery store. Maybe a small grocer could survive their. Haven't seem the demographics for that area but you'd think a grocer could be supported there.

Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2011 at 1:34 pm

Too bad about the McDonald's. It sure would be nice to put something in there at Bernal/Valley that had some taste and quality. I am also worried about the Safeway on Santa Rita. Now that the new big store is open, the incentive to close this smaller store must be strong. Another dead storefront coming soon?

Anyway, at Vintage Hills, it was announced a while back it will become a New Leaf market, which is a small chain that started in Santa Cruz. I for one am looking forward to it. Aside from Trader Joes, it will likely be my own primary shopping location for groceries. I hope the best for 'em...

Posted by John, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 18, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Anonymous del Prado - the comment was Chipolte would take out the Mexican restaurant - Maye McDonalds steals from Jack in the Box at the Chevron station. There is on doubt that Safeway will draw traffic into the area. But it should also boost business on both sides of Bernal - greater traffic is good. But Safeway will also take customers away from Santa Rita's shopping area as well. The Kohl Center strip mall has issues in viewability for the businesses that are facing the business park and not facing Bernal. There needs to be help with signage to let people know there is more there.

Posted by kim, a resident of Del Prado
on Nov 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm

My aren't we fortunate to have all these business experts give their opinion.

Posted by Jeff, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 18, 2011 at 3:41 pm

McDaddy, get your head out of the sand and look at the glass as half full instead of half empty. If a Vintage Hills Market has the right product, and service at and competetive prices they will do well in time, people like to shop local, the customer base it there. Take a page out of success, alla Trader Joe, they know how to do it, it can be done.

Posted by WalMart Fan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 18, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Maybe we can get a Walmart grocery store at Vintage Hills.

Posted by Tom, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm

Mc D's please not another, what is the city thinking. Atleast if they are pushing fast food go with In & Out or maybe even Burger King. Something that is on the other side of town almost Dublin. I was under the impression that we were going to get a sit down restaurant, maybe a Olive Garden or Red Lobster would have been great! As for the Vintage Hills store it will be nice to have something close I hope it can surive.

Posted by da, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 19, 2011 at 10:15 am

I love Cafe Ali! The 3 barista's there make the neatest looking lattes! If you don't like them strong, just ask for one shot of espresso and they will discount your coffee (I only like one shot.) Ali (short for Allison, I learned) is working on getting an oven to offer more breakfast items and they are already offering ICE CREAM and SUNDAES!! I am getting a teensy bit sick of frozen yogurts, so I will be down there for my "real" ice cream fix soon! Let's support this shop, and all the others in the VHills plaza so we have options instead of driving downtown for everything!

Posted by Tango , a resident of Vineyard Avenue
on Nov 20, 2011 at 8:54 am

To Mcdaddy, I really don't think you have been to the Vintage Hill center in a very long time. What makes you hate it so much? The last time I was there , which was a few days age, All the businesses were thriving . Sparks, The Karate studio, Anytime fitness, Kokaro, Gold n' Time, Allis , the Yogert shop , Cleaners, and the beauty shop. That is ouite a few places still up and running. Are you sure you are not Mr Scrooge. You sound like a lot of Bah Humbug! to me.

Posted by McDaddy, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:03 am

Baaahhhh Hum Bug! LOL. Ok, I was in a bad mood when I wrote the post. The only point I was really trying to make is that Pleasanton needs to get back to basics and stick to the vision City Planners had long ago! Quiznos on main? Another McDonalds and Safeway? I want to see quality not quantity. If I want big box and fast food I can easily roll over to Dublin, where clearly they did not feel they really even need a downtown. I guess things could be worse (glass half full) :)

Happy Holidays and Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Love Pleasanton Diversity, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 22, 2011 at 1:34 pm


Not all of us can make the trip to Dublin (and honestly the parking lot at the Amador Plaza/Dublin Blvd one is a disaster!). Safeway is an awesome community partner, donates a lot to our schools and local charities. Besides Walmart they are the only local business that hires individuals with special needs - which also live in our community. I will continue to shop at the Santa Rita Safeway as it is the closest store to me since Nob Hill closed. As much as I like Raley's/Nob Hill it is too far for me to make the trek to Raley's on Bernal. I hope that a nice natural food type market opens in Vintage Hills, because I know that many there could use a store they can go to for daily needs, rather than making the trek to Raley's or Safeway. I will also continue to go to the restaurants in Knoll Center, because fast food restaurants won't take away from the good burgers/shakes, BBQ, and Med-Wraps that I can get there.

Posted by merchant, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm

"My aren't we fortunate to have all these business experts give their opinion."
Boy did that get a good laugh from me. As a longtime and successful merchant I can say that if I could stop people from saying just one thing it would be "you really should do/sell (blah blah blah) in your store". If your business plan is so good then open your own store. Until then you can keep your useless and unwanted comments to yourself. I will be busy making sales and adding up my bank deposits.

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