Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 at 6:39 pm in economic development.
So, I was driving down Seventh Street in WO the other day, past the future home of the Mandela Foods Cooperative, and the window sign was down and I admit I thought the worst. But after poking my head inside I was happy to see that the interior is almost completely finished! The sinks and stove, bathrooms, display cases, etc… are all in and the painters were busy with finishing touches.
Looks like the only thing missing is the food and the people, key ingredients to be sure. The Mandela Marketplace website says the store will celebrate its grand opening June 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 1430 Seventh St.
West Oakland has been without a full service grocery store since Eugene’s in the Jack London Gateway shopping center closed. The 99-Cent Only store filled some of the void, and once open the new co-op will finally give West Oakland residents a venue to shop locally.
And after many, many long delays, let’s hope the opening date holds.