Alma Plaza Planning (More thoughts)
Original post made by Rick on Apr 9, 2007
If a good, competative, large store dosen't come to 'Alma Plaza the south and west Palo Alto residents need to get together and demand bus service to the Mt View, SanAntonia shopping area. Demand it from the VTA and/or city of Palo Alto and or city of Mt View or all working together to get a frequent shuttle service for maybe a small fee. It would save car trips, lower traffic reduce CO2 ,etc.
The Safeway in Midtown is a nice store ,but is small, limited parking and miles from south and west Palo Alto.
on Apr 10, 2007 at 8:44 am
Safeway in Midtown is not what I would call a "nice" store. I go there frequently for trips of $50 or less. Yesterday, for example, I was there mid morning. There was no yellow top milk, no burgers and no brocolli, all items I had to buy on that trip. The parking is bad, I wasn't sure which white lines I was to use in the only spot I could find in the direction I was driving, and I had to contend with delivery trucks blocking the exit as I left, and as for the amount of blockages in the aisles. There were several shelf fillers blocking the shelves I was looking at and what I can only call impulse buy displays destroying the flow of what was a busy Monday morning of shoppers.
How can other stores (even other Safeway stores) get their acts together so that the store is left for the shoppers and get the deliveries done before the rush.
on Apr 10, 2007 at 8:58 am
I doubt that Albertson's or any major chain supermarket will want to come into Alma Plaza because of the size and location. The market that you will get (if you can get one) will be some kind of specialty market, that will probably be overpriced and not carry all the essentials. AS for other stores in the new Alma Plaza--who knows?? The neighbors want "neighborhood serving" shops, but who knows if anyone will wantto take the financial risk to open in Alma Plaza.
The neighbors blew a chance big time a few years back to have a nice sized Albertson's at that location thanks to their nitpicking and the efforts of a "neighborhood leader" who managed to get Alma Plaza included in a Charleston corridor building moratorium.
The question is will the City Council be willing to finally make a decision on this matter at the meeting this coming monday or will it be postponed yet again due to either: 1) the council not wanting to upset anyone or 2) it is not about climate change so the mayor is not interested (can't deal with city issues, I have to run to another photo op says Yoriko)
on Apr 10, 2007 at 9:45 pm
Why not throw in another persian rug store...it would be nice to have
one in south palo alto too...not just cal. ave and university...we like to
fly around with the best of em as well...another starbucks is always okay,....
never can have to much coffee...what else might be good....maybe a pet
food depot, for all those pet lovers around town, and perhaps somewhere for
the ladies to get their toes cleansed...