Posted by Max Hauser, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2011 at 2:36 am Max Hauser is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
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 the Old Mountain View neighborhood, 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 the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Nov 1, 2011 at 9:41 am Max Hauser is a member (registered user) of Mountain View Online
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.
Posted by Susan, a resident of the Castro City neighborhood, 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 the Old Mountain View neighborhood, 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 Lou, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, 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?