Last week, the city's Planning Commission unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a new grocery store in the shopping plaza at Clement and 32nd Avenue.
As previously rumored, the 16,000-square-foot space will be reborn as an Andronico's Community Market — operated by Safeway, which owns the Andronico's brand. The other Andronico's locations are in the Inner Sunset and Monterey.
Originally opened as a Lucky's in 2002, the space at 32nd & Clement was most recently home to grocery chain Fresh & Easy. It shuttered three years ago, after parent company Tesco shut down its U.S. operations, and has sat vacant ever since.
The Planning Commission and neighbors who spoke at the meeting concurred that the area would benefit from the return of a grocery store. The neighborhood has few other supermarkets; the nearest are the Geary Boulevard location of Grocery Outlet and the La Playa Safeway.
However, Safeway and neighbors differed on their preferred hours of operation, with some neighbors citing concerns about homeless people in the neighboring park loitering outside the store.
Per the agreement reached at the hearing, Andronico's would tentatively be open for business between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., with extended hours for delivery and stocking. The conditional use approval is also contingent on a security effort from Safeway, aimed at making sure the parking lot is safe.
Safeway representatives didn't respond to a request for comment on a possible opening date. We'll keep you posted on when Andronico's might open its doors.
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