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Safeway ready to start construction on new 'Lifestyle' market here

Original post made on Jul 22, 2010

Safeway announced this week that it will build a one of its new "Lifestyle" supermarkets in Pleasanton with a scheduled opening of November next year.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, August 27, 2010, 7:48 AM

Comments (22)

a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 23, 2010 at 7:29 am

Yeah it would be nice to have a whole foods!!!!!!!!but oh well

Posted by seriously?
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 23, 2010 at 7:45 am

Another marginal grocery store? Pleasanton needs quality options and more variety. How many Italian restaurants do we have downtown?

Posted by Happy
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

I think it's great! Will be nice like Whole Foods but probably cheaper, and will serve west Ptown well.

Posted by What!!
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 23, 2010 at 8:31 am

Was dissapointed that the new Sasfeway isn't going to have the gas
station...They would have much lower gas prices than the Shell station..
Guess I will just continue to go to Dublin for my gas...

Posted by West Side Neighbor
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jul 23, 2010 at 8:35 am

I for one am really excited about this new store. Safeway is a Pleasanton business and I appreciate their confidence in our city. How can anyone call the wonderful changes they have made in their stores "marginal". Looking forward to the new store in this location.

Posted by Boomama
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 23, 2010 at 8:38 am

Guess Whole Foods just didn't buy the land when it was available. That's too bad. I know people that drive from Fremont to go to the San Ramon store. Let's hope they at least add the gas station.

Posted by neighbor
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jul 23, 2010 at 9:38 am

How will this super Safeway impact traffic? We have watched 7 traffic signals installed on Bernal since we moved into our home. It takes longer to get to downtown Pleasanton than it does to Dublin.

Posted by west side neighbor
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Jul 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

Maybe no one wants to open a business downtown due to all of the restrictions, any idea how hard it is to have a restaurant downtown with no parking, or street closures for "events" and then still pay the high rents. If you were a business owner what does the downtown have to offer besides stale restaurants, salons and banks. P-Town is a great community, but maybe it is not all about the downtown, we have great restaurants, shops, salons and parks that are not downtown who never seem to get the recognized.

Posted by mommyof4
a resident of Rosewood
on Jul 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

I, for one, am HAPPY about having a reasonable priced grocery store coming to my area. I hate having to drive to Dublin for groceries, even though Raley's is just next door. Raley's is fine for a gallon of milk, but everything is priced so high. I'd rather drive a little, and pay better prices and have a better selection for my money. Whole Paycheck would have been ok, but again, only for specialty items. We have a new meat market downtown for fish, seafood, and cuts of meat. I do hope the gas station comes with Safeway. The other gas station needs some competition to bring their prices down. They are often 15 to 20 cents higher than other stations.

I would like to see a Farmers Market type stand in Pleasanton, year round. Something like Windmill Farms, in San Ramon. (not that thing at the mall!) Produce is too expensive in the grocery stores, and with the downtown farmers market only on the weekend, we run out of produce by mid week.

Posted by John
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2010 at 10:17 am

"... will employ between 150 to 200 workers ..."

... None of whom will be able to afford to live in Pleasanton, because we're all so concerned with keeping "low income" people out and preserving our affluent "Lifestyle" ...

(btw: Safeway is *not* less expensive than Whole Foods for certain types of items. Not at all. And WF ain't cheap either.)

Posted by bobbi
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

if you want super priced groceries and you don't care about a drive, go to WinCo in Brentwood. You will SAVE a bundle on the same foods. incredible prices! and worth the drive.

Posted by Nosy Neighbors
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jul 23, 2010 at 11:15 am

For those who didn't understand the marketing concept they are shooting for, this will be a direct response & competitor to Whole Paycheck, er I mean Whole Foods. Which brings me to my rant of the day. Please, WF is a freaking joke of an excuse for PC yuppies to be seen by their like-minded (i.e. brainwashed) neighbors shopping for dolphin friendly cat food, politically correct carrots & wheat & gluten free bread. Gimmee a break, Safeway is a local company that is willing to put their $$ where their mouths are & develop this new concept store & are confident enough that they are putting it in their back yard. Besides when we finally build all that new low-income housing in town we'll need another grocery store won't we?

Posted by justsayin
a resident of Stoneridge
on Jul 23, 2010 at 11:45 am

Nosy Neighbors, my family buys a lot of food from Safeway, but, really, Whole Foods meats and poultry do taste better. Safeway has expanded their organic produce and often has better prices there than Whole Foods does. Here's hoping Safeway does the same in meats and poultry.

Posted by Chris
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 23, 2010 at 12:41 pm

Talk is talk unless supported by some type of proof. The people who push this kind of rumor usually have a pre-existing axe to grind with the company they are slandering.

Posted by colette
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 23, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Let's get the gas station there and provide a little friendly competition to the Shell station. Gas prices there are way too high! City Council: don't be bullied by the Shell folks. Of course they are going to fight that tooth and nail, as they will lose their monopoly on gas in that neck of the woods. No one is immune to commercial competition, so take a stand for the residents, and let Safeway build the gas station. Pleasanton residents deserve cheaper gas...otherwise we just drive to Safeway in Dublin or Costco.

Posted by HHR
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

I'd trade any of those mentioned above for a Mi Pueblo in Pleasanton.

Fresh homemade tortillas - Yay!

Posted by AVHS1995
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 23, 2010 at 4:42 pm

What ever happened to Pleasanton having a water park built over in that area? They would do great with a water park and it would bring more business into the Pleasanton community? Shadow Cliffs just isn't cutting it.

Posted by iwastheretoo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2010 at 5:23 pm

a majority of planning commissioners supported having a gas station there at the last meeting on the subject.

Posted by Amanda
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

We DO NOT need another Safeway!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Allisa
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Jul 25, 2010 at 9:30 am

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Didn't Pleasanton just agree to build low income homes? I believe that this property would have been a great place to build residential townhomes, along with a small play area for kids and walking trails. We do not need another grocery store, organic or not. The old store on Bernal and Kolln still sits empty, use that one and save the open land for better uses.

Posted by 35_year_resident
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Jul 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

35_year_resident is a registered user.

Hmmm, Pleasanton is so concerned about their "gateway" entrances to the town - yet they approve a grocery store at one of them? This store will be nice for the first year while all the Safeway execs swarm it with pride, then the service and quality will rapidly go down hill just like their other stores in the area. I'll continue to get my gas at the Shell station and then drive to Draeger's in Blackhawk for my shopping.

Posted by Res1971
a resident of Castlewood
on Jul 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Res1971 is a registered user.

Another Safeway? Talking about corporate greed!

We have a pitiful downtown that needs small business to re-vitalize it. Last thing we need is another Safeway, cookie-cutter center. (Let me guess, it will have a Panda Express? Peet’s or Starbucks? CVS? A nail salon, a dry-cleaners, a Supercuts, a bank, etc etc.) The shopping center will cripple all the other ones in the area. Pleasanton doesn’t need another store. Didn’t one just close down?!!?!? How many of these corporate giants do you need in a city of 67,000 people?!

AND THE TRAFFIC! CalTrans is now installing Metering Lights at the Bernal/680 on and off ramps. That is going to be bad enough. But now with a new mega-center right there...ugh!

Would be nice if more residents of Pleasanton worried about what they already have and how to make it better, then going all googly eyed for another large shopping center that is not needed. Are they going to be closing down the other Safeway? I can’t see two Safeways that close to each other making it.

Bye Gene’s, Lucky’s, Koll Center Shopping area, Rita Aid, nice knowing ya!

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