The company Web site says the new Mountain View store is now hiring, and there was talk the store would open as early as October. But the representative said she could only guarantee that it would open sometime this year.
The store's closest competition is the new Nob Hill next door, as well as the Nijiya Japanese market and Smart and Final across the street. There are also two small Asian markets on Castro Street.
A similar store called the Golden Phoenix closed a few years ago at Middlefield Road and Rengstorff Avenue. That site is set to re-open as a Fresh 'n Easy grocery store in 2009.
99 Ranch has 21 other stores in California, with others in Nevada, Washington state and even Indonesia.
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