Building permits ready for Whole Foods site

Full story: Marin Independent Journal

Building permits to renovate a long-vacant space at Alto Shopping Center for an incoming Whole Foods Market were ready and waiting, Mill Valley city officials said Thursday.
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Cops lie

San Jose, CA

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Oct 31, 2009
 
Aholefoods sale flyer---

Blueberries on sale!$1.00 a piece. Save on a basket(12 whole plump berries) for
only $45.00-- yea!

Whole ears of corn, blessed by Indian Shamans,--only $3,00 a ear, or 5 for $60.00.

$30 dollar colonic's in the restroom--all day!

Organic wine stomped by local homeless--not ofnsale, but quite tasty.

All profits go to an egotistical, narcissistic owner who is banned from using the internet to make false comments about competitors--nightly.

Doors open early!!
DaddyO

San Anselmo, CA

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Oct 31, 2009
 
"They could start tomorrow if they wanted," Moore said Thursday."

Don't hold your breath folks. They were just squatting on the lease so that Trader Joe's didn't get it. Now that T.J.'s has opened in Larkspur, W.F. will "have a change in business plans" or some such. Why the impetus to keep TJ's out at any cost? Cost, or rather one could say, "Profit".

Many of WF house brands are made in the same factory as TJ's products. Only difference? The label and about 40% extra cost at Whole Foods.

Whole Foods has the best organic produce in southern Marin. Mill Valley Market however is #2 and frankly, I'd rather give my custom to them. More and more organics at Mill Valley Market. You can park there and half of the parking places around it are not reserved for the handicapped like they are at WF.

WF started out as a great market but now they are peddling their own house brands with fewer and fewer organics in spite of all the posters that scream LOCAL!!! WE'RE LOCAL!!

"Despite the massive popularity and demand for certified organic products, retailers like Whole Foods Market, and wholesalers like United Natural Foods Inc., continue to push "natural" products at a premium price, while, in effect slowing down the growth of organics with their near market monopoly. In fact, the majority of products sold and distributed by Whole Foods Market and UNFI are not certified organic, but rather so-called "natural.” Meanwhile, independent and cooperative grocers often offer more certified organic products at competitive prices…. However, the annual $50 billion natural food and products industry is threatening to undermine the organic movement by flooding the marketplace with conventional products greenwashed with “natural” labeling. "Natural," in the overwhelming majority of cases, translates to "conventional-with-a-gree n-veneer." Natural products are routinely produced using pesticides, chemical fertilizer, hormones, genetic engineering, and sewage sludge. "Natural","all- natural," and "sustainable," products in most cases are neither backed up by rules and regulations, nor a Third Party certifier. These are label claims that are neither policed nor monitored."

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Muir Woods

San Francisco, CA

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Oct 31, 2009
 
why are they suddelny opening in 2010? I spoke with an exec at WF in passing last year (2008) and they were slated for opening in Fall 2009. That is now, what is the delay? I am imagining it is not on the part of the city, they are depending on the revinue from the store to help with their budget.

10 to 1 this store does not open. wait and see.
Just in Case

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Oct 31, 2009
 
way to go mill valley "planners" - that'll show em.
Penelope

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Oct 31, 2009
 
Ever since the boycott of WF I've been shopping there more and more (in support of their health plan) and finding very reasonable prices on their store brands. I'd like to be able to afford $7 a gallon for organic milk, but I don't--not even at neigboring TJ's, where I do the bulk of my shopping here in Napa. I'm really happy that my neighbors and I have great choices. If I want organic, it's available, and if I don't care, I can have "natural" or even food filled with artificial flavors and colors. Mmm...yummy!
Karin

Corte Madera, CA

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Oct 31, 2009
 
Penelope wrote:
Ever since the boycott of WF I've been shopping there more and more (in support of their health plan) and finding very reasonable prices on their store brands. I'd like to be able to afford $7 a gallon for organic milk, but I don't--not even at neigboring TJ's, where I do the bulk of my shopping here in Napa. I'm really happy that my neighbors and I have great choices. If I want organic, it's available, and if I don't care, I can have "natural" or even food filled with artificial flavors and colors. Mmm...yummy!
Just keep repeating that when you have your first mastectomy.
Penelope

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Oct 31, 2009
 
Wow, Karin--nice. Way to wish cancer on a woman you don't even know. You'll have to live with that, not me.
TwoFive

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Oct 31, 2009
 
We've been heavy shoppers at WF for a long time. But when the recession kicked in we started buying a good bit of our food at....costco!

Really...it was kind of unbelievable to me at first, but costco's food is excellent, and at a fraction of the price.

Check it out if you haven't already. You'll be glad you did!

Since: Feb 08

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Nov 1, 2009
 
Just in Case wrote:
way to go mill valley "planners" - that'll show em.
FYI, the new planning director hired by the City of M.V., Mike Moore was recently recruited from the City of Petaluma. Take a look at what they have done in Petaluma. Now that is a reason to be scared.
Support Your Community

San Anselmo, CA

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#10
Nov 1, 2009
 
Just open. Enough time has passed and the other businesses at the center need the business that they once had to continue THEIR LIVLIHOOD. It's NOT just about Whole Foods folks, there is a bigger picture here.
s flower

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Nov 1, 2009
 
Excuse me, but why does Mill Valley need TWO whole Foods markets in the first place???
sam-mill valley

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Nov 1, 2009
 
Exactly. MV is a profit center for WF thats it. They minipulate stock prices, go against health care for all, pull out of escrip which has greatly reduced financial support for kiddo and tam. They donate a nickel while they save 15 cents when ever you bring in a bag and they don't have to use theirs. Look to other local grocers for community support not here.
Frederika

Corte Madera, CA

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#13
Nov 1, 2009
 
Sam, Mill Valley Market is great. Even Delanos is carrying lots of organic basics now. There is no need to go to W.F. once you combine Trader Joe's, M.V. market and Delaino's....You'll save at least 1/3, that's a good impetus.
Support Your Community

San Anselmo, CA

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Nov 1, 2009
 
sam-mill valley wrote:
Exactly. MV is a profit center for WF thats it. They minipulate stock prices, go against health care for all, pull out of escrip which has greatly reduced financial support for kiddo and tam. They donate a nickel while they save 15 cents when ever you bring in a bag and they don't have to use theirs. Look to other local grocers for community support not here.
ok, so why is the Whole Foods on Miller one of their busiest stores! Because the people of Mill Valley want them there!!!
TJs

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Nov 1, 2009
 
Most of Trader Joe's food is manufactured in China.
A lot of the food they sell it doesn't even say where it is from. In those cases it is definitely from China.
TJ's is now a marketing company that happens to sell food. People buy into the concept hook, line and sinker.

Since: Feb 08

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Nov 1, 2009
 
Frederika wrote:
Sam, Mill Valley Market is great. Even Delanos is carrying lots of organic basics now. There is no need to go to W.F. once you combine Trader Joe's, M.V. market and Delaino's....You'll save at least 1/3, that's a good impetus.
I agree about M.V. market, and I also like to shop at Whole Foods, even though they are a new age, low wage, anti union corporation. It do shop at Delano's on the way home from work sometimes, but I never go out of my way to shop there. They have a limited selection of organic foods, quit selling most vitamins , and their prices are high.
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Nov 1, 2009
 
Pulipaca wrote:
<quoted text>I agree about M.V. market, and I also like to shop at Whole Foods, even though they are a new age, low wage, anti union corporation. It do shop at Delano's on the way home from work sometimes, but I never go out of my way to shop there. They have a limited selection of organic foods, quit selling most vitamins , and their prices are high.
Could you share with all of us the wage rates paid at these businesses?
market man

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Nov 1, 2009
 
s flower wrote:
Excuse me, but why does Mill Valley need TWO whole Foods markets in the first place???
You can ask the same question of Safeway.
Food Consumer

Milpitas, CA

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#19
Nov 1, 2009
 
The thing is that you don't have to go to Whole Foods if you don't want to. Nobody is putting a gun to your head.

If you stock up on the items that are on sale, I don't think it is much more, if at all than the other markets.
Reuseable Bags

Milpitas, CA

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Nov 1, 2009
 
sam-mill valley wrote:
Exactly. MV is a profit center for WF thats it. They minipulate stock prices, go against health care for all, pull out of escrip which has greatly reduced financial support for kiddo and tam. They donate a nickel while they save 15 cents when ever you bring in a bag and they don't have to use theirs. Look to other local grocers for community support not here.
The taxpayers are already paying alot to the Mill Valley School District and for high school bonds. And I rather give my nickels to other causes. I bring my reuseable bags to all stores regardless of a possible bag credit. It's a free country. Shop elsewhere then.

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