From New Leaf Community Markets:
New Leaf Community Markets, a locally owned, natural foods grocer known for carrying locally grown, organic foods, will open a store at the Vintage Hills Shopping Center in mid-2013. Demolition has begun on the space left empty since Vintage Hills Market vacated over 15 years ago. The new store will be the anchor of the center which is located at 3500 - 3550 Bernal Street, and owned by Sim & Yoon LLC.
The 19,000-square-foot store will be the popular grocer's eighth; other stores are located in Santa Cruz County, Half Moon Bay, and most recently in the Evergreen area of San Jose. The full-service store will be remodeled using green building practices to reflect New Leaf’s values and incorporate many popular features such as a deli, fresh salad bar, antipasto bar, hot bar, and juice bar. Sushi, gourmet cheeses, and local wines will also be offered.
“We are very pleased that we will be able to serve the residents of the Pleasanton area and to give back to the community in a variety of meaningful ways, including programs to support non-profits, and classes on health, cooking and nutrition,” said Scott Roseman, founder and co-owner of New Leaf Community Markets. “We look forward to establishing relationships with local producers of all kinds, from growers to bakers,” added co-owner, Rex Stewart.
“New Leaf Community Markets will be an excellent addition to the Pleasanton community. New Leaf will offer its own unique shopping experience, focused on providing a selection of local and organic food. And, as the community supports New Leaf, in turn New Leaf supports the community by contributing over 10% of its profits annually to local non-profit groups,” said Pamela Ott, Economic Development Director, Pleasanton.
Pleasanton Councilwoman Cheryl Cook-Kallio said, “I am delighted to see this community-minded, neighborhood market locate in Pleasanton. New Leaf Community Markets has an emphasis on organics and sustainability. It is an excellent fit for the center and the nearby neighborhoods.”
New Leaf has been receiving an enthusiastic response from consumers via emails and Facebook. Center tenants are also pleased. “We look forward to New Leaf bringing new energy and shoppers to the center,” said Hannah Kim, owner of Vintage Hills Cleaners, a 28-year tenant. To keep the community informed about progress on the store, a Facebook page has been created at: www.facebook.com/NewLeafPleasanton