A FLOCK OF GROCERS ... Going out for a quart of milk will get a lot easier, with four new grocery stores getting closer to opening in this area. The Fresh Market, a North Carolina-based, European-style market, will open its first West Coast store in Palo Alto's Edgewood Plaza on Embarcadero Road. "The Fresh Market will be breaking ground soon in Edgewood Plaza for an expected opening in late 2012 or early 2013," said Thomas Fehrenbach, city economic development director. Meanwhile, construction is well underway for the new market on the northeast corner of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road in Mountain View. It is expected to open under the Sprouts Farmers Market banner due to Sprouts' recent merger with Sunflower Farmers Market. The grocer is taking over the former sites of Rasputin Music and DSW Shoes (Rasputin moved and reopened earlier this year at 1939 El Camino Real in Mountain View). Close behind is Miki's Farm Fresh Produce, gearing up for a late summer/early fall move-in date in Alma Plaza on East Meadow Drive in Palo Alto. Lastly, the 64,700-square-foot Safeway on the southeast corner of El Camino Real and San Antonio Road in Mountain View is now estimated to be completed by the end of the year, city planner Melinda Denis said. (A Safeway official had said the company was shooting for 2013, possibly.)
THE RETURN OF DITTMER'S ... Sausage lovers won't have to wait much longer. Dittmer's Gourmet Meats and Wurst-Haus is putting the finishing touches on its new Los Altos store, scheduled to open this month. Located at 4540 El Camino Real in the former Wells Fargo Bank building in the Village Court Shopping Center, the 5,000-square-foot-space has undergone a major transformation. Although the shell of the building remains, the interior has been redone, with artistically tiled walls, new wood floors and at least seven refrigerated display cases to hold the varieties of sausages and smoked and fresh meats. A fire in January 2011 severely damaged the original Dittmer's at 400 San Antonio Road, Mountain View.
WORKOUT PLUS WASH ... A new car wash opened last month at the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. Operated by valet parking service All About Parking, it promises to wash patrons' cars while they work out at the JCC fitness center. Prices start at $15 for an exterior wash and range to more than $100 for detailing.