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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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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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