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Village Marketplace Says Goodbye Fresh & Easy, Hello Habit Burger

The developer of Village Marketplace is in negotiations with anchor alternatives as Fresh & Easy prepares to exit the U.S. market.

From the City of San Leandro

Mayor Stephen Cassidy announced that the Village Marketplace has secured a spot for The Habit Burger — "a hip, healthy and delicious restaurant that specializes in charbroiled gourmet burgers, outstanding charbroiled sandwiches and specialty salads.”

The Habit, has a dedicated following along the Southern California Coast and has recently expanded into Northern California with locations in Napa, Pleasanton, San Mateo and Walnut Creek.

Securing The Habit as the end-cap tenant at the Village Marketplace demonstrates the desirability of the development and accelerating interest and investment in the City of San Leandro.

The additional confirmed tenants include Peet’s Coffee & Tea and AT&T; Chipotle is currently negotiating for an in-line space at Village Marketplace as their desire to be in this downtown development remains strong.

Developer David Irmer, in anticipation of the exit of Fresh & Easy from the U.S. Market, has moved forward in a fielding alternative anchor tenants.

“While saddened by the inability to move forward with the groundbreaking as previously envisioned,” stated Irmer, “this provides an opportunity for a healthier tenant mix and an ability to better meet the needs and requirements of the signed tenants.”

Irmer confirmed Fresh & Easy has terminated their lease and that he is in negotiations with potential new tenants, with a likelihood of announcing shortly.

Irmer is anticipating ground breaking in March 2013; however, he is realistic that there may be delays due to the possible need for City approvals of tenants of more than 10,000 square feet.

The remaining available space is designated for a full service restaurant.

“This project continues to be an exciting attraction and catalyst for the Downtown," said Mayor Cassidy. “ I anticipate an enthusiastic and warm reception once the tenants and leases are finalized.”

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Leah Hall December 13, 2012 at 07:25 PM
It's impossible for me to think like TJ's and I'm no fawning fan, either. That said, it only takes a bit of curiosity and imagination to take a look around the East Bay and recognize the patterns of the built environment all around us. At this point it's almost like San Leandro has a force-field pushing desirable development out of our reach. Simply looking at Trader Joe's expansion within the last 10 years... TJ's are downtown (Berkeley), uptown (Alameda, in residential areas in the hills (Castro Valley, Rockridge), near freeway exits (Castro Valley, Emeryville, Rockridge, Oakland), near big-box retailers (Emeryville, Alameda), near small local commercial businesses (Rockridge, Oakland), parking in front (most), parking in back (Oakland, with garage), parking underneath (Berkeley with garage).....existing construction with minor upgrades (most), new construction (Alameda, Berkeley), near BART transit (Berkeley, Rockridge). I don't need to think like the TJ bean counters to see the obvious fact that they are fairly versatile, moderately conservative, and sometimes innovative in their planning decisions. The first thing that stands out about TJ's stores is they stay in business. They haven't shut down any stores in the East Bay yet that I can think of.
Brash Brazen December 13, 2012 at 07:39 PM
"Ghetto" & "Food Stamps" could be a reference to many low income ethnicities,you're the one who mentioned "black" people not me ! I guess the best defense is a good offense & trying to shift your obvious hatred of those who aren't like you to me is as transparent & laughable as it is vile & disgusting (an apt description of yourself) !!! Fortunately San Leandro is a tolerant community (they tolerate you) & you're bigoted & racist views are not representative of the vast majority of your neighbors ! Here's a word of advise,you'd better start burning those crosses in your backyard from now on lest you call too much attention unwanted attention to your family & yourself !!!
Brash Brazen December 13, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Big surprise,another disgusting racial tirade from David casting stereotypical slurs toward those less fortunate San Leandro residents ! It's not just an attitude,it's what David actually believes & he uses the Patch as a forum to promote his hatred & bigotry on a hourly basis ! Let's see you shoot off you're big mouth at the ribbon cutting for the low income housing & see how that works out for you ! Coward !!!
Brash Brazen December 13, 2012 at 08:01 PM
All communities are required by state law to have a certain percentage of low income housing as part of their general plan,even Danville & Lafayette are required to do so ! If David wasn't so busy attacking the poorest among us he'd realize that as usual he doesn't know what he's talking about,no surprise ! Better a nut case than a racist nut sack,eh David !!!
Leah Hall December 13, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Sesame Street on design development, vision, and careful observation... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ixgf5SlvOB4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v44-GfA2cJs&NR=1&feature=endscreen
David December 13, 2012 at 09:02 PM
So now, in your mind, Brash, "poor people" and "food stamps" are really labels for black people? And again, how are you not racist?
David December 13, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Leah, there are 26,000 people in the East End of Alameda (~2 mile radius) alone that would fit SL's "customer" profile as I would understand it. There are possibly 13,000 people in all of San Leandro that would. These people are primarily located about 4-6 miles from either the Alameda TJ or the CV TJ's. Just looking at Census information.
David December 13, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Another association by Brash of color with money. You just keep on demonstrating you're a racist. And I like how it's only me here, when Marga has noted the low-income housing and Fran threw in the Cash for Gold. Go fly a kite Brash. No, I wouldn't come to a "ribbon-cutting" at an enormous waste of our tax dollars on a politically connected developer who's spending an outlandish sum of money on sub-standard housing units. I use my name on here, Brash, along with a photo; anyone with rudimentary internet skills can easily find out lots of things about me. You're the one posting idiotic, crazy accusations from your fevered racist mind behind a stupid pseudonym. Go fly a kite, nutjob.
Leah Hall December 13, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Beans, beans, beans. Don't you ever look up from your books and wonder at the real world around you, er David of San Leandro?
Brash Brazen December 13, 2012 at 10:04 PM
Because I don't hate any group (ethnic,economic or religious) as I prefer to hate folks who've given me reason to do so on an individual basis & you're at the top of today's list !!!
Leah Hall December 13, 2012 at 10:11 PM
Census data provides insights into one's community and state, but it makes a very poor road map. What is your vision for San Leandro? Is "wait and see" paired with badgering your friends and neighbors hourly online all you got? If you answered "none" and "yes," then a career in strategic community planning may not be the right fit for you. May we use our gifts wisely during our time together. :)
Jessica Gardner December 14, 2012 at 02:23 AM
No trader joes will not come to Oakland South Why should they? There's nothing here for them!
Rob Rich December 14, 2012 at 02:59 PM
When a discussion on the Patch devolves into an attack on the Crossings, it's good to check your facts. Will it be a "ghetto" with "400-500" food stamp recipients? The fact is that Bridge has created 13,000 affordable homes in CA, yet opponents point to the problems with public housing. http://www.bridgehousing.com/Learning. Why? It's not because Bridge lacks a track record. Maybe it's because they are ideologically opposed to the work that non-profits like Bridge do. Now we are supposed fear 400-500 neighbors on food stamps. Where do these numbers come from? The Crossings will be mixed income, with 1/2 of the units reserved for families with incomes up to $39,300 for a couple & $56,100 for a family of 4. http://www.sanleandro.org/civica/filebank/blobdload.asp?blobid=10990 These income levels far exceed the cut-off point for food stamps. http://foodstampguide.org/gross-and-net-monthly-income-eligibility-standards/ It's hard to have a reasoned discussion when opponents resort to the tired old trick of painting a bogeyman in the hopes of scaring people. In the spirit of full disclosure, I have had the honor of working with Bridge on a number of similar affordable housing developments, including North Beach Place (which has a Trader Joe's on the ground floor) & the Coronet. http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/print-edition/2011/03/25/community-impact-san-francisco-ioa.html?page=all
Ken Briggs December 14, 2012 at 03:35 PM
oh yes make homes for the older folks in the downtown area . kids need a park near by to play in . and we need a place like trader joes .
Craig Williams December 14, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Maybe TJ's racist and elitist. I wonder if the people they employ can afford to live in a communities where they locate?
Leah Hall December 15, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Bam! I hit another nerve. Yes, David, your "vision for San Leandro" is much too complex for me to understand or read. Forgive me and carry on.
Steve Leroux December 15, 2012 at 04:32 AM
David has big problems people. Imagine an adult posting as much as he does-it is weird. He calls everyone names and is very hostile with all of his posts. His comments about the Bridge Housing residents shows he is a bigot--so, all considered this guy should just be ignored. By the way, the future Bridge Housing people will not be on food stamps. They are going to be teachers, nurses, etc all most would call middle class if they weren't living in such an expensive (housing wise) part of the country. David's claims of these future residents as being problematic shows that his comments are utter nonsense. By the way, Fresh and Easy was solicited by the developer not by city staff. The former Albertson's site is overwhelmingly supported by the community for new retail development. The local business people downtown are really excited that the parking lot is going away. Talk and listen to real people in San Leandro not to obsessive posters with a problem.
Steve Leroux December 15, 2012 at 04:37 AM
Habit Burger (?) was planning on coming to the Albertson's site in addition to Fresh and Easy--that was always Irmer's plan. So, Chris your comments that you wanted a grocery store and not another burger joint makes so sense--the two uses are slated for different parts of the development.
Fred Eiger December 15, 2012 at 04:50 AM
What the hell does this have to do with an empty lot downtown?
Fred Eiger December 15, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Oh yeah Mellor, David is nuts and you're brilliant. Mellor is a disgusting character and he is proud of his insanity.
Fred Eiger December 15, 2012 at 04:54 AM
Why is everything for you idiots "racism"????
Fred Eiger December 15, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Finally someone other than David posts an intelligent response here. Thank you Richard Eisenman.
Fred Eiger December 15, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Ho hum Steve and the "racist" card again. You people certainly lack creativity.
Summer Hemphill December 15, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Segregated restrooms ended nearly fifty years ago,but to this day David still refuses to use colored toilet paper. His political views are right out of the 1950's which seems appropriate,as much like television then everything is black & white to David !
Ken Briggs December 15, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Summer Hemphill , thats something I havenot seen in a long time colored toilet paper in stores , what were the colors , white , blue , pink , shade of green , .
Richard Eisenman December 16, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Instead of the ad-hominem attack ("David has big problems ... he is a bigot ...") I suggest you address the specifics of his complaint. For example, David's assertion that the low income housing costs $600K+ per unit and that maybe it would be a better idea to just give said low income people $300K to buy a house.
Ken Briggs December 16, 2012 at 09:54 PM
so being sunday, whats new ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????
David December 17, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Well, your taxes are going to pay these "non-profit" developers some pretty nice salaries: Bridge Housing - EIN # 94-2827909 -- 1/1/2008 through 12/31/2009 Key Staff -- Compensation & Benefits Carol Galante, $203,860 Lydia Tan, $316,611 Susan Johnson, $255,001 D. Valentine, $231,615 Ann Silverberg, $173,319 Rebecca Hiebasko, $271,683 Brad Wiblin, $212,823 Tom Earley, $224,432 Corinne Morrison, $178,312 Thomas Casey, $163,939 James Valva, $165,097 (Husband of Officer, Susan Johnson) Kim Nash-Patchen, $157,054 Elizabeth Nahas-Wilson, (The daughter of Director Ron Nahas) Salary & benefits -- $127,979 plus $29,075 in other compensation.
Leah Hall December 17, 2012 at 04:47 AM
....and the point is? Hmm... what's "er David's" salary I wonder? Oh yes, now I remember. He's SL Patch's most prolific anon contributer and apparently works for a private company which isn't legally required to disclose his salary (even if he disclosed his last name). Oh well, that's how the cookie crumbles.
Michelle Lang February 27, 2013 at 04:58 PM
Certainly not (another) burger place! how about a HEALTHFUL alternative? pls consider all the dangers of eating red meat to humans, the environment, to the well being of the Earth we share. A vegan /vegetarian restaurant is desperately needed in San Leandro and would be highly successful if done right!


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