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Will Your Grocery Shopping Habits Change When Whole Foods Opens?

Where do you shop now? Will the new Whole Foods on Gilman Street become one of your stops?

Living close to Gilman Street, I'm a potential regular when Whole Foods moves into the current Office Depot location at the end of 2014. I'm not sure that'll happen.

My routine stops now: the Albany Safeway, Berkeley Natural Grocery, Trader Joe's in Berkeley and Costco in Richmond. BevMo, too, but that's getting us off track.

Occasionally, I'll hit Andronico's on Solano but always leave feeling like I've spent too much for too little. When Whole Foods moves in, I suspect I'll drop Andronico's and feel the same way. And the traffic at Gilman Street and San Pablo Avenue will be a deterrent except during off-peak shopping hours.

Putting aside how you feel about Whole Foods' decision to take its sales tax benefits over the border, will you shop there?

Are you a Whole Foods fan who's pleased to have one closer than the Telegraph Avenue store? 

Is the chain's "Whole Paycheck" reputation deserved, and will it keep you away?

Are you a hater of Gilman Street traffic conditions and intend to avoid it whether or not Whole Foods has traffic signals installed?

What are your current grocery shopping habits and are you satisfied with them?

Craig Westbrooke March 03, 2013 at 04:16 PM
with no left turn light or lane at Gilman and SPA for people heading back to Albany, traffic is very frustrating. Sometimes only one car at a time can turn at the light. The alternate of driving thru the Village is not a very good one. If they can fix the congestion at Gilman and SPA then I would consider it, but Safeway and Luckys and at times Andronicos are still much more convenient.
Ari Soglin March 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM
It feels that left lane would need to be a left turn-only lane with a left-turn arrow, though there must be reasons that hasn't happened already. Without that configuration, I suspect drivers will either do as Craig suggests and work their way through the Village or go straight and work their way north via a street like Masonic.
Albany Denizen March 04, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I shop mainly Lucky's because it is a union store. Probably very few Whole Foods visits from me.
Michael Elder March 04, 2013 at 05:20 AM
We will still go to Trader Joes for essentials, Costco for our bulk items and Lucky's in El Cerrito Plaza for things neither have avoiding Whole "Wallet" Foods, Gillman and that end of San Pablo Avenue.
Mark Wolmetz March 04, 2013 at 06:26 PM
Whole Foods is overpriced and not a store that I shop at. I currently do most of my grocery shopping at Berkeley Bowl West and occasionally at Safeway (preferably Shattuck Ave as it is renovated and enlarged) for paper products and other items that are much cheaper than at BBW. The issue of a store not being in Albany is totally irrelevant to me.

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