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News - August 22, 2014

Around Town

IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED ... Who will replace JJ&F Market at the currently under-construction College Terrace Centre on El Camino Real? The question remains open after the City Council last week rebuffed a proposal from James Smailey, the developer's son, to run the new market. The developer of Alma Plaza in south Palo Alto jumped in last weekend to pitch an alternative: Miki Werness, whose grocery store Miki's Market occupied the plaza (now called Alma Village) for six months before closing. "Miki Werness built a beautiful market at our Alma Village project and might have succeeded with a slightly less upscale format and a much smaller store (i.e., with a vastly reduced overhead)," developer John McNellis wrote in an email sent to the City Council last weekend. "With a smaller market, his wealth of newly acquired experience in supermarket ownership and — let's face it — a much better retail location, I do believe Miki could succeed at College Terrace," McNellis wrote. The council decided on Monday night to send Smailey's proposal back to the drawing board, effectively giving him a choice: Give us more details, or bring in another grocer.

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