A much-anticipated Foods Co, more than 2 years in the planning, opened today in Foothill Square in East Oakland. The Kroger-owned grocery store, an anchor tenant in a $45MM redevelopment of Foothill Square, will now give the more than 90,000 people living within 2 miles of the mall access to a large, mainstream supermarket.

The new store will employ about 175 local people, and management says they want to food community projects. “We are very excited about this opportunity to open our newest Foods Co. store in East Oakland and the opportunity it gives us to expand our presence in the Bay Area,” Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Foods Co., told the media. “We believe East Oakland will be a great Foods Co. community.”

The 80,000 foot store is just one of several new retail destinations at Foothill Square–a Ross Dress for Less, Rainbow Apparel, Lifelong Medical Care and Anna’s Linens are also in place. The store has a full service bakery, a deli, and large meat and seafood departments.

“We look forward to opening a new store in this community where residents have given our team such a warm welcome,” Store manager Eric Trempel told the media. “It is great having the opportunity to bring fresh foods, value and convenience to East Oakland.”

Mayor Quan attended the opening, and told the crowd: “I want to thank Foothill Square owner Alec Murray, developer John Jay Phares, Oakland Vice Mayor Larry Reid and the Economic Development staff for their years of work and leadership on this project. As I said in my State of the City address, all of Oakland must share in our city’s renaissance. Let’s all support East Oakland in this new opportunity: we deserve good shopping in every part of our city and this is a great step forward.”

10790 MacArthur Boulevard, Foothill Square, East Oakland

Photos by Howard Dyckoff

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Susan Mernit is editor & publisher of Oakland Local (oaklandlocal.com) a news & community hub for Oakland, CA. A former VP at AOL & Netscape, & former! Yahoo Senior Director, Mernit was consulting program manager for The Knight News Challenge, 2008-09; was a 2012 Stanford Carlos McClatchy Fellow; and is a board adviser to The Center for Health Reporting at USC, Annenberg School of Journalism. She has consulted with many non-profit organizations on strategy, product development and social media/engagement, including Salon.com, TechSoup Global, Public Radio International and the Institute for Policy Studies/Economic Hardship Reporting Project, led by Barbara Ehrenreich.

2 Responses

  1. Oakland Fan

    I am so, so happy for the neighborhood. ‘Bout time somebody showed East Oakland some love. Finally, beautiful, healthy produce and fresh meat & fish. Be well and eat healthy, East Oakland!


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