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Milk Pail fights for life at San Antonio Center

Original post made on Nov 8, 2013

The circumstances bring to mind David and Goliath, but in this case it is the humble Milk Pail Market, which has served Mountain View for nearly 40 years, up against an out-of-town developer apparently bent on wringing every possible dollar out of its plan to redevelop nearly 26 acres of the San Antonio Shopping Center.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:00 am

Milk Pail Market needs parking to survive, why not make the public benefit that existed before MG purchased the land for phase 2. Why not some marketing agreements, adverts in the apartments.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Nov 8, 2013 at 8:08 am

Shared parking as the public benefit.

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Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of The Crossings
on Nov 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

This is absolutely ridiculous. The Milk Pail only needs 17 more parking spaces to meet their requirement, which a huge shopping mall can easily afford to spare, and yet they are refusing to make a deal on parking so they can force out someone who OWNS THE LAND and force them to pay rent on a new property. Seems to me the Council could easily make this problem go away by either a) forcing the developer to allow access to their parking spaces (like Milk Pail customers aren't going to park in MG's spaces anyway?); or b) removing the parking requirement altogether. The Milk Pail is a small, popular and successful business. We're not talking about giving concessions to a business that is struggling due to a poor business model. We're talking about throwing them a lifeline because they are being forced out due to developer greed and Council antipathy. There will be MORE than enough parking spaces at the new development to accommodate anyone who needs to shop at the Milk Pail. Council need to pull their thumbs out.

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Posted by BEX
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Nov 11, 2013 at 6:21 pm

I agree! The city council needs to step up and do more to ensure the Milk Pail is accommodated in future plans. MG has proven that they are neither a member nor a supporter of our community. They proved that with the stunt with Halal Market and the plumbing supply. Accommodating the Milk Pail will in no way harm the future profits of MG. But losing the Milk Pail would be a great loss for our community.

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Posted by Tmd
a resident of North Whisman
on Nov 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm

Why does one store rate better than the rest of the town? Parking rules are rules. Make them put in Handicap spaces too.

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a resident of Gemello
on Nov 11, 2013 at 10:36 pm


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Posted by Mimo
a resident of Rex Manor
on Nov 12, 2013 at 6:15 am

Visiting Milk Pail has always given me an excuse to visit the San Antonio Shopping Area, and that was how I found a few other favorite stores. Without Milk Pail, and with boring chain and undifferentiated stores taking up in that locale, I can see my shopping pattern shifting away from the new Merlone Geier complex. I don't like shopping in soulless places, that are the same in "any-town". Accomodating Milk Pail makes business sense for MGP.

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Posted by Flava Dave
a resident of Shoreline West
on Nov 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

Flava Dave is a registered user.

The fervent comments here and on other articles show the passion for this place. As do the many times people at Milk Pail will cut in front of you when you to fit into the smallest space possible and begin rummaging through the produce you were currently looking at.

However they are not as bad as the crowd at the free book giveaways that the FotPAL do...

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