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These 6 Grocery Stores Are Expanding In The Bay Area

Mixed-use and retail developments in the San Francisco Bay Area are securing high-end grocery stores as anchor tenants. Most of these stores offer organic, high-end foods, which draw the attention of the growing Millennial population, which prefers to buy organic food. Here are some of the grocery stores adding locations throughout the Bay Area.

365 by Whole Foods Market


Whole Foods is adding several of its cheaper option stores to the East Bay, including one in the Temescal area of Oakland. The store will occupy 28K SF at a six-story development at 5110 Telegraph Ave. This development by Nautilus Group will include 204 apartments and a rooftop urban farm from Top Leaf Farms. The building is expected to be finished by the end of 2018.

There also are plans for 365 by Whole Foods stores to take up 19K SF of a former Lombardi’s Sports store in San Francisco's Nob Hill and occupy space in a new development in Concord. Whole Foods will bring its full-service store to the Town Center in Sunnyvale as well.

New Seasons Market


Portland, Ore.-based New Seasons is headed to a 29K SF vacant retail space at 555 Fulton St. in Hayes Valley. The grocer also will anchor the redevelopment underway at the 14.5-acre Public Market in Emeryville, where it will occupy a 35K SF store and have a parking structure. The mixed-use development in Emeryville includes the renovation of a 22K SF food hall, 450 units of housing and 43K SF of retail and restaurants. The Emeryville store will open in the fall. Another New Seasons store is planned for Sunnyvale at 760 East El Camino Real.

This grocery store chain offers organic and conventional food options, deli and prepared items, a full-service floral department, health and wellness products, home goods from local artists and natural foods.

Nob Hill Foods


Nob Hill Foods will anchor Irvine Co.’s mixed-use development in Santa Clara with a 24K SF store to open in October. The 825-unit master planned community, Monticello Apartment Homes, opened in July 2016. The new store is part of Raley’s plan to expand its Nob Hill brand throughout Santa Clara Valley, according to Raley chief operating officer Keith Knopf. Nob Hill foods offers organic produce, natural foods, a self-service salad bar, a self-service prepared foods, a bakery, a fresh deli, and full-service meat and seafood.

Safeway Community Markets


Four former Andronico’s have been transformed into Safeway Community Markets and reopened last February. Two stores opened in Berkeley, one in Los Altos and one in San Anselmo. The Andronico’s in San Francisco reopened in early February, but still has the same branding. The San Francisco store will eventually change the name, but needs to obtain permits from the city. Safeway bought the stores at the end of 2016.

The new stores will sell local and specialty items and offer full-service catering. Safeway has been opening stores throughout the Bay Area, with new stores in Oakland, Walnut Creek, Pacifica and Willow Glen in 2016.


The Sprouts in Pinole, Calif., which opened at the end of December 2016

Sprouts is making a big push throughout the country and the Bay Area. It opened a store in Pinole in late December and plans to open another store in Albany at 1075 Monroe St. on April 5 as part of University Village, a mixed-use project. It opened a store in San Jose last September. Sprouts has about 17 stores in the Bay Area and offers organic food, specialty items, health supplements, and a deli and meat counter.

Trader Joe's


A long-awaited Trader Joe's opened in downtown San Francisco Feb. 16 at 10 4th St. in the basement of Old Navy at the corner of Market and 4th streets. The 15K SF store contains murals of the downtown skyline, cable cars and the Golden Gate Bridge. This new downtown store may help fill in the gap in grocery stores after Bristol Farms closed its only Northern California store in the basement of Westfield Mall in late January.