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New market has organic apples and fresh herbs -- but few customers

Original post made on Aug 1, 2007

Palo Alto's Barron Park finally has a place to pick up milk -- the newly opened Barron Park Market, located on El Camino Real alongside Barron Park Nursery & Florist. But owner Hassan Bordbari, who opened in response to high demand in a neighborhood otherwise devoid of grocers, said this week that the store is suffering from lack of customers.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 1, 2007, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Free Market
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 1, 2007 at 6:42 am

Our city council needs to immediately pass an ordinance that all grocery stores in PA are no larger than 4000 square feet--that way this new market can compete the PA way--on a level playing field.

Does it really take the city 60 days to issue a permit for instillation of a sink--no wonder we are losing retail


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Posted by qq
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 1, 2007 at 9:36 am

"This is the only store within five miles," Bordbari said.

Well, if that isn't a lie...

Web Link

His place doesn't even show up. Better contact the marketing department at BPM!

qq


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 1, 2007 at 10:24 am

Apart from another thread on this forum, I haven't heard anything about it. Not only is there no advertising that I have seen, but no articles in the Weekly welcoming the store or interviewing customers or potential customers. The market has to get the word out if they want people to use it.


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Posted by Winslow Arbenaugh
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 1, 2007 at 1:48 pm

Note: to the people who insist on retail going into the BACK OFFICE portions of Alma Plaza's development - over the objections of the developer. Here's a FRONT FACING retail venue that's having problems.

Bordbari's experience is the NORM in Palo Alto. There is a small coterie of people who insist on certain kinds of retail (markets, etc.), but then fail to support it.

Watch for multiple retail failures at Alma, in the back section, which would have been far more ideal for service-oriented plays - like a bank, or real estate offices.

Mom and Pop retail is almost dead in Palo Alto; it's not supported by residents, because it has never been strategically supported by city policy, period. Watch for the eventual migration of most retail in Palo Alto to chain, boutique, and hobby-horse retail.


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Posted by Michele Dauber
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 1, 2007 at 2:55 pm

I had no idea this market had opened. I hope the owner puts some leaflets in the neighborhood and also a big banner across the front of the store "Grand Opening" or something and then put up a notice at Happy Donuts, Jamba Juice and some other neighborhood spots. Also, once the teenagers at Gunn, Terman, and JLS find out, then they will come and they will tell their parents.
I'm going on my way home from work today!


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Posted by Rosemary Schmele
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 1, 2007 at 3:18 pm

besides the BPA email I just received, the only mention of this market was a tiny Letter to the Editor in P.A. Daily News on 7/29--but it failed to state the location! I never got one of the leaflets the mkt says it distibuted in the 'neighborhood.' I live less than 5 mins from this new market, and am on my way out the door to patronize it as soon as I send this!


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Posted by Sheila Raleigh
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 1, 2007 at 3:28 pm

I, too, just now read about this market in my neighborhood. . . And now that I know about Mr. Bordbari's efforts and the market I will walk to shop and to support it. Just what we have wanted and needed.


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Posted by Fred
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 1, 2007 at 9:37 pm

We went by there twice over the weekend. It is a fledging operation, no doubt - but there was plenty of produce, decent staples for packaged and canned goods, ice cream, etc. Pricing was good - we bought a huge watermelon for $5.50 - tasty! This is much more convenient that hauling over to Safeway in Midtown or Piazza's or Milk Pail. We will try to go there frequently. Spread the word!

Fred


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2007 at 12:58 am

A welcome additon to the neighborhood, indeed. It is unfortunate to open during the summer when many families are away or not in their regular routine. Things should change once the kids are back to school and more word of mouth gets to those that are out of town because they won't have read the newspaper article.


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Posted by Jon Klein
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2007 at 1:39 am

It's a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
The produce is very good, and competitively priced.
I hope that once word gets out, Hassan's business will pick up.


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Posted by Arthur
a resident of Green Acres
on Aug 2, 2007 at 8:14 am

The location is great - right on El Camino. You have to be looking for it though... We stopped in there, they were very helpful and we bought a bunch of fruit which seemed in excellent shape and well-priced.


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Posted by Ingrid
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2007 at 6:41 pm

The store is lovely. It is really nice to have such a convenient and well-stocked shop right in our neighborhood. I went by today and thought the assortment was first rate. Highly recommended.


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Posted by Bob & Alice
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 2, 2007 at 11:01 pm

We were amazed! We had no idea this market had opened! We will visit soon. If it's as good as some have commented, we will inform our BP seniors at our next luncheon.


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Posted by Olivia
a resident of Ventura
on Aug 3, 2007 at 2:55 pm

The market is a godsend. So convenienct and very good prices. Please tell your neighbors.


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Posted by Unhappy Grocery Shopper
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 9, 2007 at 8:03 pm

Free Market: No grocery stores in PA larger than 4000 sq feet? Please. I get so tired of not being able to find what I want at small neighborhood grocery stores. I would love to have a BIG grocery store in PA where I could buy everything I want. Instead, PA loses out on my tax dollars from non-edible items that I buy along with my groceries when I do my shopping conveniently at one store (albeit an inconveniently located one).


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 9, 2007 at 8:05 pm

No grocery stores within five miles??? What about Safeway and Whole Foods(both with more than one location within five miles), Mollie Stones, Country Sun, etc. etc


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Posted by Shopper
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2007 at 9:57 am

Whole Foods, Mollie Stones, Country Sun, who uses these stores for anything other than designer foods plus occasional necessities?

I have a family of three boys and constantly need to stock up on frozen pizza, soda, laundry detergent, etc. I do cook healthy meals most days, but often the boys are too busy to wait and so have to resort to something quick. This means that my groceries have to be what they eat and consequently I need a large selection at the best prices. Safeway in Mountain View is my bet. Their bakery bread is wonderful and the prices are great. I do like Piazzas and Whole Foods, but not for everyday needs. We do need a much better supermarket in PA.


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Posted by Lori
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2007 at 2:20 pm

Oh boy, another Palo Alto grocery store with organic produce. How wonderful! If it hadn't been for the Midtown e-news I probably would have never heard of this new place.

I'm amazed that the city made this owner wait 60 days to be able to put in a sink. How awful! Shame on the city! Slowing up the process like that ... for something that should have been a simple permit. No wonder so many businesses fail in Palo Alto. The city doesn't do enough to help them survive. Our local newspaper should be doing a feature article about them ... along with giving their address and hours.

Well now that I've heard about this new place I'll be on my way to check it out today, right after lunch. Perhaps I'll comment more once I see this place.


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Posted by LS
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 11, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Oh boy, another Palo Alto grocery store with organic produce. How wonderful! If it hadn't been for the Midtown e-news I probably would have never heard of this new place. I'm amazed that the city made this owner wait 60 days to be able to put in a sink. How awful! Shame on the city for slowing up the process like that ... for something that should have been a simple permit. No wonder businesses fail in Palo Alto. There isn't enough done to help fledgling businesses survive. Our local newspaper should be right on top of this and producing a feature article about them ... along with giving their address and hours. Well now that I've heard about this new place I'll be on my way to check it out today, right after lunch. Perhaps I'll comment more once I see this place.


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Posted by that guy
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 10, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Im sorry dad


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Posted by this guy
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 10, 2008 at 9:49 pm

sorry maryam and matthew


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