Oakland Refuses to Show Safeway Any Love

Rockridge upset over two grocery store proposals

By Sajid Farooq
|  Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009  |  Updated 5:45 PM PDT
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Oakland Refuses to Show Safeway Any Love

Old timers in Oakland are happy with their Safeway stores remaining exactly as they are.

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Note to Safeway: stay out of Rockridge.

The Pleasanton, Calif.-based grocery store is having a hard time getting the message that residents of Oakland's mostly posh neighborhood of Rockrdige don't want them to open there.

Safeway's plan to open a revamped store on Claremont and College avenues has long been an issue in the neighborhood now a plan to open a new Safeway close by is also causing a stir, according to our friends at SF Gate.

Many residents believe the designs for the redeveloped store on Broadway and Pleasant Valley Road are "offensive," "disrespectful," and just too big for the neighborhood, which is mostly made up of mom and pop shops.

The plan calls to "demolish the existing Safeway and Long's Drugs stores, along with other adjacent stores, and redevelop the site with a new Safeway store, a new CVS store, as well as other commercial buildings" and have 1,006 parking spots for the 304,000 square foot chimerical corridor, according to SF Gate.

Residents groups, such as Urbanists for a Livable Temescal Rockridge Area, say they want the neighborhood to be pedestrian friendly and strip mall free.

Meanwhile Safeway is welcome to redevelop its ultra small Grand Avenue store in Oakland. They could use 1,000 parking spots in the neighborhood.

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