“Lucky’s has a tendency to take customers for granted, but competition may make that tendency disappear,” Mayor Gilmore said at a recent City Council meeting.
Lucky’s is currently the only grocery store serving the west-end of Alameda. However Safeway’s plans to join Target at Alameda Landing will change the grocery monopoly that Lucky’s Supermarket currently enjoys.
The addition of Safeway occurred after the West Alameda Business Association realized that Webster Street would not be able to accommodate a 25,000 – 55,000 square foot grocery store. In light of this discovery, Catellus has been working on updating their retail strategy to include a grocery store at Alameda Landing.
Alameda City Council has unanimously approved the updated retail strategy which now includes Target as well as a 45,000 square foot Safeway “lifestyle” store. A lifestyle store places special emphasis on organic produce and prepared foods.
“It’s imperative for west-end residents to have a quality supermarket like Safeway”, Councilmember Tony Daysog said.
The addition of Safeway is estimated to generate $786,559 in sales tax annually. Along with the grocery store, Safeway also has plans to build a gas station adjacent to Stargell Avenue and Mariner Square Loop. A 3,000 square foot commercial building and fast food restaurant will be joining the gas station. Alameda City Council has not yet approved the gas station or fast food restaurant, but Councilmembers Lena Tam and Tony Daysog said they would pose no objections to the proposal in the future.
In the meantime, Catellus plans to continue soliciting retail tenants for Alameda Landing at Recon, the global retail real estate convention in Las Vegas in May.