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New grocer aims to satisfy downtown

Original post made on Oct 31, 2011

After several failed attempts to bring a new grocery store downtown, city officials and downtown residents may be surprised to see their wish may come true by happenstance.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 31, 2011, 10:05 AM

Comments (16)

Posted by Martin Omander, a resident of Rex Manor
on Oct 31, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I'm really pleased that downtown gets a general grocery store, and without taxpayers paying any subsidies. I wish the Origels the best of luck and will be a customer whenever I have business downtown.


Posted by New Customer, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I am so glad to hear this, and I plan to come to this market often. Best of luck to the Origels, and I hope my patronage helps it run true. I am sure I'm not alone in this, that's for sure.


Posted by OMV Resident, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 31, 2011 at 4:15 pm

This is a wonderful turn of events and I hope that the new enterprise is successful for a long time. I look forward to patronizing the market the next time I am on Castro Street!


Posted by palillos, a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2011 at 5:09 pm

This is such sad news. I expect I'll miss MV Market more than I want to admit. They carried some wonderful things never found elsewhere, not even at 99 Ranch. And that good stuff was right downtown.


Posted by palillos, a resident of another community
on Oct 31, 2011 at 5:11 pm

This is such sad news. I expect I'll miss MV Market more than I want to admit. They carried some wonderful things never found elsewhere, not even at 99 Ranch. And that good stuff was right downtown.


Posted by John the Man, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

They mortgaged their home to buy a grocery store that they plan to change completely, so the current clientele isn't something included in the purchase price.

Are they crazy?

This is doomed to fail. They paid a prince's ransom for..... nothing.

Why do people throw good money down the toilet like that?


Posted by John the Man, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

They mortgaged their home to buy a grocery store that they plan to change completely, so the current clientele isn't something included in the purchase price.

Are they crazy?

This is doomed to fail. They paid a prince's ransom for..... nothing.

Why do people throw good money down the toilet like that?


Posted by John the Man2, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm

They mortgaged their home to buy a grocery store that they plan to change completely, so the current clientele isn't something included in the purchase price.

Are they crazy?

This is doomed to fail. They paid a prince's ransom for..... nothing.

Why do people throw good money down the toilet like that?


Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 1, 2011 at 2:36 am

Max Hauser is a registered user.

The previous owners were going out of business, and the new owners pledge to retain products that the existing customers have been buying. (A couple of recent comments here, each appearing multiple times for some reason, appear not to understand either of those points, both of which were explicit in the article.)

It means that we longtime customers (I've depended heavily on this market for years, especially for Asian products) likely will still find what we've gotten before; but if the Origels hadn't stepped in, we'd have nothing. How is that anything but positive for existing customers? The only exceptions are products that almost no one bought, meaning they were money-losers subsidized by the family that owned the business, an unrealistic situation -- and those products will still be available at large shops like 99 Ranch.

The new owners deserve enormous credit from the community. They've created the exciting prospect of a market that's not just sustainable, but serves wider local demand, reducing the familiar need to leave the neighborhood for many basics. Even potentially reversing that tradition by drawing in business from outside.


Posted by John the Man, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

I guess 'Max' missed this passage in the article:

'The Origels say they aim to keep existing customers with an Asian food section, but most of the market will receive a remodel more in line with a neighborhood grocer, perhaps a Whole Foods or Trader Joes meets JJ&F or Zanottos.'

One section of Asian foods doesn't not keep it an Asian market, Max. And to think that people will find it comparable to WF or TJ of JJ&F.... c'mon... seriously?

I wish I had that sort of money to flush away.

(And the multiple posts are due to a glinch on the MV Voice end of things, not on the users of the website.)


Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 1, 2011 at 9:41 am

Max Hauser is a registered user.

I guess some people just won't get it. (a) There was no alternative -- an Asian foods section is much more than what'd result if some other kind of business took over the space; (b) unlike most people opining so freely on the subject, the new owners are _veteran_ retail professionals who know how consumers behave, and can make the business thrive if anyone can. Precisely by tuning it closer to the average local needs, which (as everyone local already knew if they talked to many neighbors) it wasn't.

("You can lead a horse to water ...")


Posted by Andrea Gemmet, Mountain View Voice Editor
on Nov 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Andrea Gemmet is a registered user.

Thanks for reporting the glitch in posting on this thread. Our IT department is looking into it.


Posted by Susan, a resident of Castro City
on Nov 1, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I wish the market all the best. When I have needed a simple item when downtown there was never anyplace within a couple of miles to get it. I will patronize the market whenever possible. All the doomsday-thinkers should become part of the constructive side of a long-overdue store. The new owners have ASKED for input, for heaven's sake!


Posted by The Hackborns, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 1, 2011 at 8:44 pm

We are thrilled by this new and are really looking forward to the new refrigerators as the old ones smell like death. We have a fantastic farmers market and with a new grocery store we won't have to leave downtown to meet our family food needs.


Posted by DCS, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 1, 2011 at 11:39 pm

Exciting news!


Posted by Lou, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Nov 9, 2011 at 12:13 pm

So excited to hear of a new grocery store. Would love to be able to get organic whole foods there at a reasonable price. The other store had a really bad odor, I hope this store is clean, fresh and welcoming. Can we also get a Great Harvest Bread Store here?


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