New Feature on FireWorks: Grocery Outlet Closing to Make Way for Condos
Grocery Outlet in West Berkeley is one of the few
affordable places that people can shop and pick up produce and basic
essentials, especially seniors and those on a fixed income. Last year
the Grocery Outlet company (started in San Francisco but now located on
4th Street in Berkeley) decided to close the West Berkeley location.
This store happens to one of the few union shops in the chain.
According to the San Francisco Business Times,
“The Berkeley space is owned by Read Investments LLC, a real estate
firm founded by the same Read family that founded Grocery Outlet and
owns real estate that the retailer leases.” But the store closure is not
happening in a vacuum, it comes at a time when the entire Bay Area is
changing and poor and working people are being pushed out to make way
for wealthier residents. Across the street from the West Berkeley store,
Sierra Nevada Brewing company opened up a tap-room beer tasting lounge, and in the adjacent lot and old building was demolished to make way for luxury apartments.
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