I was looking for something completely unrelated and found this marketing brochure for Alameda Landing. Which was interesting because it contained a bunch of elevations for storefronts that have never come before the Planning Board, but even more interesting was this map which showed store sites “In Negotiation” :
What’s weird is the Target is marked in the “Available” color but given that Target is going in…
Anyway, it appears that the largest building (other than the Target) is currently in Negotiation which can only mean one thing: grocery store. This, of course, makes me unbelievably giddy because it means that I no longer need to ever go to the horrible Lucky’s at Marina Square once whoever goes into that space. Guesses on who is going in?
Normally I would say Whole Foods, but given the sort of not-as-friendly-to-unions attitude of Whole Foods it might be more difficult for Whole Foods to go in given the presence of the food service worker’s union rep on the Planning Board. Lucky’s would probably not want to compete with a store only a few jumps away. Nob Hill is a possibility, but given the recent union problems too, they might not be so keen on opening an Alameda branch. Trader Joe’s is also a possibility because the South Shore store is overperforming, but the space looks a bit larger than your typical Trader Joe’s. This leaves the Safeway, but there are already two other Safeways in Alameda, could they risk a third even though both Alameda stores are way overperforming.
Also interesting is that three storefronts in the, for lack of a better term, drive thru parcel are all in negotiation. That extra long drive thru looks familiar… but I’m not going to jinx what I think (or hope) that it might end up being.
Any guesses as to the other businesses. I figure that a Starbucks or a Peets is slated for one of those spaces, a cafe is sort of a gimme.