October 10, 2013
Visitacion Valley Is Getting A Large Grocery Store
San Francisco's Planning Commission has approved Grocery Outlet's plan to renovate and operate out of the Visitacion Valley building at the intersection of Bayshore Boulevard and Sunnydale Avenue, the first neighborhood supermarket in over a decade.
The Grocery Outlet will offer refrigerated, deli and frozen groceries, fresh meat and produce, and household goods, and will operate seven days a week from 8:00am to 9:00pm. The closet supermarket to the site is currently two miles away in Silver Terrace.
The building at 2630 Bayshore Boulevard was built for Safeway in 1960 but has been occupied by the A. Silvestri garden statue and furniture store since 2001.
First Published: October 10, 2013 6:30 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
As much as I like the plan, I believe it would be better to build an apartment complex and install the grocery outlet in the lobby, like what was done on Ocean ave.
Posted by: Alex at October 10, 2013 11:52 AM
This is long overdue. Not only Visitacion Valley but Brisbane residents could use this grocery too.
Posted by: mas at October 10, 2013 11:59 AM
Alex, that may come in time. We should be happy with a grocery store...badly needed in the community. It's not like this is a major investment, however. At some point in the future it may be replaced by something more dense...or better yet the old Schlage Lock Factory site just up and across the street will finally be redeveloped.
Posted by: curmudgeon at October 10, 2013 12:26 PM
I love the fact that this classic example of a 'Marina' style Safeway will be saved and re-purposed as another grocery store. Architecturally speaking, of course.
Posted by: Connor at October 10, 2013 12:34 PM
Grocery Outlet is advertising on TV a lot lately. They are expanding also.
Truckee gets a new store next year. Across the street from the 7-11 and down the street from the Blue Coyote.
Posted by: inclinejj at October 10, 2013 3:27 PM
Agree with curmudgeon. Maybe someday a higher use for the site, but right now the community needs grocery options more than it needs the housing. The current plan for the Schlage Lock site will include a mixed use building with a large yet to be identified grocery/retail space on the ground floor and housing above. As a resident of the neighborhood, I have to say that Grocery Outlet did outstanding community outreach leading up to Planning Commission approval. If they keep their commitment to hire from the community, everyone wins with this one.
Posted by: JOE Leland at October 11, 2013 10:58 AM
A food oasis in the food desert? Good news. Hopefully no mirage.
Posted by: formidable doer of the nasty at October 11, 2013 3:30 PM