A former manager at Berkeley Bowl, a popular supermarket that specializes in produce and organic food, will open a grocery store at the new Alma Plaza development in Palo Alto, city officials have disclosed.
The market will be the plaza's first retail tenant, according to the city.
Mayor Sid Espinosa will officially announce the name of the grocer Wednesday (July 20) at 1 p.m. at King Plaza in front of Palo Alto City Hall, along with Chamber of Commerce CEO Paula Sandas and Alma Plaza developer John McNellis.
City officials told the Weekly Monday the Alma Plaza supermarket would be an independent store that is not part of any chain.
"We're thrilled to have an independent grocer of this caliber in Palo Alto," McNellis said. "Its remarkable quality of produce, its commitment to community, and the exceptional personalized service it will offer cannot be overstated."
The grocer, which leased 19,000 square feet at the plaza, is expected to open the store in July 2012.
The entire development on the former site of the Alma Plaza shopping center will also include 37 homes, 15 units of affordable housing, a small park and a community room. It is located on Alma Street near East Meadow Drive.