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East Palo Alto may get long-sought supermarket

Original post made on Mar 4, 2009

For years, East Palo Alto city officials have attempted to convince developers to build a supermarket in town so residents don't have to drive to other cities to buy their groceries. Now, it looks like the city may finally get a supermarket, and without the city doing anything to make it happen.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 2:58 PM

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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2009 at 7:30 pm



The diet for many EPA and Palo Alto families is going to be macaroni and cheese/ beans and rice for the next 3-5 years.

One of the more popular u tube videos is " depression cooking" demonstrating cheap meals from the 30s

Tesco is in trouble and Whole Paycheck Foods is on a down ward track with no end in sight,


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Posted by JP
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm

Relief. Safeway Midtown parking lot won't be so packed.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2009 at 2:28 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

Until EPA honestly faces the reason Littleman's, Co-Op and the Whiskey Gulch Safeway closed, they can whistle for a store.


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Posted by ILOVE_EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 5, 2009 at 8:47 am

Finally we get a supermarket!!! Safeway on Middlefield is packed with Palo Alto residents who don't know how to park. I'm pretty sure Palo Alto residents will venture out this way like they do for our other stores!!!!!!!!!


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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:08 am

terrific news!


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Posted by ILOVE_EPA
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:47 am

I'm all for it dude!!!!!! My city has certainly had a cosmetic change the pass few years and I think it's great.


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Posted by resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 5, 2009 at 11:13 am

it's a great news for us and for the city. now we don't have to drive a couple of miles to buy a milk.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 5, 2009 at 11:28 am

This sounds like a small mexican flavored chain. Can you tell us more? Will it be full service, or only catering to mexican staples? Will we be able to stop there to buy non mexican items on the way back from Ikea or Home Depot? This information would be very useful.


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Posted by Peter
a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm

Mi Pueblo is a chain of about 12 stores. If you want to see what the stores look like and what they carry, check this link and explore. Web Link


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2009 at 5:44 pm

I find it distressing that all the signs in the store are in Spanish ---This just perpetuates the problems of integration.

It also shows the dramatic demographic changes in EPA, many people think of it as a Black community but the majority of the population is now overwhelmingly non-Black.


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Posted by Water Wallis Needs Time Machine
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 5, 2009 at 6:53 pm

...to bring him here with the rest of us to 2009! Apparently, the whistles are working well, and you can bet pesos to pollo they'll open the grocery store. EPA needs the $$, residents need groceries close by. [Portion removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]


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Posted by To Sharon
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 5, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Where have you been, demographically-speaking? Blacks in EPA have NOT been in the majority for a looooong time now. Que sera, sera.


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 5, 2009 at 7:52 pm

OK, but many Palo Altans are living in the past, their "white guilt" over black slavery, which ended hundreds of years ago, leads to all sorts of prejudicial and patronizing attitudes towards EPA residents, thanks for upgrading them from the 60s to the 21st century.

The new issue is Latin American immigrants who do not integrate because they do not speak English as their main language.

This puts their kids at a handicap.

We can learn from Europe that now sees-- too late-- that multi culturism is a disaster.

E Pluribus Unum works, let us promote it for the sake of the next generation.


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Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Mar 5, 2009 at 7:54 pm

Peter -

Thanks for the link. This looks like a great market! I personally love the fresh produce and friendly staff in Hispanic markets.
Most markets are super clean, and the staff who work there are incredibly friendly. Many make our Midtown Safeway look like a dump.

Congratulations to the opening of this new store.

East Palo Alto residents, you are welcome to shop at our lousy Safeway anytime you want.

If we ever get a supermarket in again at Edgewood Plaza, please feel free to shop there too. We have shared this market with our East Palo Alto neighbors for nearly 50 years.






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Posted by WilliamR
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 5, 2009 at 8:30 pm

"The proposed East Palo Alto Mi Pueblo would have 175-225 employees "

I don't know anything about running a grocery store, but that sounds like a lot of employees for a store that size. Best wishes to the store anyway.


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Posted by Sol
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 5, 2009 at 10:01 pm

This is a great news for East Palo Alto! This will only improve the quality of life for all. We need to stay focused on the positive, and for those who insist on focusing only the negative, please, please stay away!. EPA is definitely moving in the right direction.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 6, 2009 at 7:08 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

It was not Blacks, but activists of all colors who, starting with the grape boycott, established a pattern of assailing supermarkets. Any business needs assurance that such activities will not be allowed. Look at the Littleman's lot and ask yourself why it sits unused, and what have you changed.


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 6, 2009 at 9:32 am

Mi Pueblo is not a good grocery store for this community. I've been to the one in Hayward and their prices are not good. Residents may as well keep traveling to Safeway.


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Posted by Sol
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 7, 2009 at 7:57 pm

Lets remember that Safeway and Lucky/Albertsons did not want to do business with EPA. We need a grocery store now! We can not continue to have generations waiting for something so normal in most communities. People will always shop around for the deals and I am sure that Mi Pueblo will also offer weekly sales.


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Posted by James Henderson
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:18 am

I've lived in East Palo Alto since I was a boy in the '70's. Funny how now that all of the Blacks have been moved out, and the whites ushered in that the city has suddenly "seen the light!" I'm glad to be gone (20 years and counting...).


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Posted by Sharon
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:33 am


As of 2003--"The racial makeup of EPA was 6.98% White,

16.03% African American,

0.93% Native American, 2.03% Asian, 9.63% Pacific Islander (mainly Tongan and Samoan immigrants)[citation needed], 36.73% from other races, and 5.56% from two or more races.

Hispanic or Latino of any race were 72.79% of the population."Web Link

So, given the demographics, a Mexican supermarket makes sense


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Posted by Dave Rodriguez
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 18, 2009 at 5:33 pm

What is Wrong with all the local flavor that we have in the city. We have several local grocery stores in town that provide good service to me and the rest of the community. I can get my meat and grocerys at several of the local grocery stores in town. They provide great service to our community and they support us when we are in need and they prices are fair and resonable. I sometimes shop else where and i think the local grocery store prices are cheaper than the big suppermarkets that the city wants to put in. I can at least get a gallon of milk for under 3.00 and if they are on special i can get 2 for 5. Not to mention the produce that some of these stores get. I see that they are fresh.

As a resident in the community i think that we should stick behind our local grocery stores that have been servicing our communities through several generations. We should all stand up and not allow a grocery chain to come in to town and treat us like another number.

At least at my local grocery store they treat me and my community like family. These local grocery store owners and employees have a duty to make us feel comfortable and treat us with great service. They live off our dollars spent at their stores so they benefit and to reap the benefits they treat our community very well and provide execptional pricing and service to the community.

I say lets keep the small town feel and vote no on another giant comming into our city and crowding our roadways. Lets Provide and incentive to possibly one of the local grocers to expand their business and continue to provide us with excelent service.

To all my local city council members and mayor and vice mayor lets not make another small business go under in the struggling times. Our president is willing to help promote small business.

After all small business make up 80% of the us economy.

So lets all go to the city council meetings and help support our local grocery stores.

For those of you who complain that you have to drive to safeway or another giant maybe you should consider shopping at these local grocery stores and see the differnce and the services that these local grocer's offer. you will be amazed. I was.

NO NO to the Giant Supermarket that will come in a shut our local Grocery stores.


a concerned citizen in the community of east palo alto for over 25 years.


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Posted by sErg22
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 24, 2009 at 1:13 am

I love it, I'm sorry for those small markets who feel they'll loose business, but I hate that fact that they have no parking, and the fact that I have to go to three markets to get what I need. Finally a market where I can get everything I need plus, there's plenty parking. If the safeways or Lucky's don't want to come in to EPA, too bad for them, GO Mi Pueblo!!!


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Posted by Trini
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 24, 2009 at 2:38 pm

I have lived in East Palo Alto for over 40 years and know that it is absolutely time for us to welcome a large grocery store into the community. None of the other "All American" stores have wanted to come in to our community so why do we keep waiting. The owners of these little grocery stores are also NEW to the community and DO NOT LiVE HERE and can not make the decisions for OUR city! The free market is about competition and it's about time we had some.
Mexicans are Americans!!


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Posted by tyron jackson
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 25, 2009 at 4:55 pm

The city and its officials are begining to stink. The Smell is comming out.. hmmmmmm sounds like some one is getting fat pockets


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Posted by local Member
a resident of Addison School
on Mar 25, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Sounds like a good plan but we dont what some one the states "knowbody knows hispanics like we do" in the city. The statment of mr chaves clearly shows the biased and the motive for comming into our community.

So do this sound like some one we want to support. I say Put the space out to the open market and get a non biased operator.

I thought racisim was over in this world......


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Posted by city official member
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 25, 2009 at 5:05 pm

So, One comment was made earlier by Trini, "The owners of these little grocery stores are also NEW to the community and DO NOT LiVE HERE and can not make the decisions for OUR city!"

As a mater of fact i know several of the business owners that do live in East palo alto. wonder if Mr Chavez Lives in east palo alto, Can any one confirm that.


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