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Looking forward to the new grocery stores

Original post made by SW on Jan 18, 2007

I was so happy to read over the last few days that Palo Alto will be getting a Trader Joes (at Town and Country) and potentially a Wild Oats at Edgewood Plaza. Right now I travel to Mountain View every once and awhile to shop at Trader Joes, but it isn't convenient. Now I'll be able to shop at a Trader Joes weekly and keep more tax dollars in our city. I also make a special trip to Wild Oats when I am in Las Vegas visiting family. I think it would be awesome to have one of these stores locally, because they tend to be less expensive than Whole Foods (at least in Vegas), yet offer a similar array of healthy organic foods and products. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the Edgewood Plaza developer will be able to make it happen.


Posted by ToldUSo, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2007 at 9:34 am

More retail is always good, but grocery stores typically are not good at bringing in sales tax dollars!!

Posted by k, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 18, 2007 at 10:06 am

I fully support re-developing Edgewood and the sooner the better, BUT I have concerns about the viability of Wild Oats. I used to live in Sunnyvale, and we had a hard-to-make-a-go-of-it grocery spot there, too, on Mary Avenue in a nice area and Wild Oats did not make a go of it (unless they've returned in the last few years, I haven't checked). I don't know the store size but it was a bit awkward/small. Let's just say that Wild Oats may not be the equivalent of putting in a TJs, which I would have been really happy with at Edgewood.

Posted by joy, a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 18, 2007 at 1:29 pm

It's amazing that we have looney tunes flat earthers in Palo Alto. You'd think with the density of science and technology jobs around here they'd be as scarce as hens' teeth.

The sea level is already rising, the earth's general temperature is rising, we've had the five warmest years on record within the past ten years, and Exxon has just been exposed as being behind a lot of the global warming "skeptics," and still the flat earthers whistle while the planet sinks into destruction.

Posted by Ed, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jan 18, 2007 at 3:14 pm


I haven't noticed the sea level rising. Is it? Is there some objective data that proves this? What does this have to do with Edgewood Plaza?

Posted by J.L., a resident of Ventura
on Jan 18, 2007 at 5:05 pm

Wild Oats would do well in that location. the Sunnyvale store was buried ina plaza that didn't give it maximum exposure.

I support razing Edgewood, and putting something in there that isn't an embarrassment,

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 18, 2007 at 6:10 pm

Of course the sea level is rising - twice a day.

Posted by A.J., a resident of Green Acres
on Jan 18, 2007 at 8:25 pm

I used to shop at the Wild Oats in Sunnyvale and was sorry to see it go. Unfortunately, I would say it's biggest shortcoming was inconsistently fresh produce. In this area, customers don't forgive that very easily.

Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Jan 20, 2007 at 1:11 pm

What we need is a Chinese grocer like the one on Castro in Mountain View.

Posted by chris, a resident of University South
on Feb 26, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Now that Whole Foods is buying Wild Oats, a Wild Oats store at Edgewood is out. Also, I think the site is too small for a new style Whole Foods to replace the one on Emerson.

We would support a Chinese market at the site. I think Palo Alto is a diverse enough community to support such a market. I would think that Sand Hill is looking into this. They should have good connections.

Posted by mr mallard, a resident of another community
on Jul 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm