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Daly City residents demand a local supermarket

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Imagine having to drive long distances or take several buses, just to shop for food. A group known as Acorn is gathering with residents to demand a store in one Daly City neighborhood.

Like most people, you probably have a local supermarket. You may even have more than one to choose from. However, not everyone is that fortunate.

There is not a single grocery store in the Bayshore neighborhood of Daly City. There are over 20,000 residents in that area and there is not one supermarket in sight.

Daly City officials, including City Manager Pat Martel, have been trying to change that. They have been negotiating with the Cow Palace to lease land in their parking lot. They want to build a commercial center that would include affordable housing and a full-service supermarket.

"About six months ago, negotiations fell apart. We couldn't meet the terms," says Pat Martel, City Manager.

The Cow Palace is a Bay Area institution. It's famous for hosting the Grand National Rodeo, The San Francisco Flower and Garden Show, and dozens of other events. It's owned by The State of California, which has an agency that must sign off on any deal.

"I think they are doing their job. They are doing due diligence. You would not want someone saying 'take it or leave it' without someone doing some review of the proposal," says Walter Haub, CEO of Cow Palace.

An activist group known as Acorn is trying to put pressure on the Cow Palace, the state, and the city. They are demanding a grocery store. Many neighborhood resident want one.

"That would be nice for people to be able to get what they need," says Marilyn Arnobit, resident.

Some residents take three or four buses to buy groceries.

We talked to one man who doesn't want a local store. He says "the traffic is going to be too much."

Unfortunately, this neighborhood needs more than a supermarket. There is no bank or post office. The Cow Palace says the door is open to more negotiations.

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