Owner of Mountain Shadows Shopping Center Seeks OK for New Grocery

Doesn't appear to have an interested tenant, but says marketing the property will be easier with city approvals


Businesses at the Mountain Shadows Plaza have been struggling ever since Pacific Market left town in February 2011, with many taking a direct hit to their bottom line.

Now shopping center owner Joe Veluttini says the property will be easier to market if proper entitlements are in place. To achieve this, he has petitioned the city for a conditional use permit for a new grocery store, although no specific store has been named as a tenant.

A call to Veluttini on Monday was not returned.

The vacant building, located at 901 Golf Course Drive, has continuously served as a grocery store since the center was built in 1984.

Curiously, in his application, Veluttini says “the market” will employ 80 people and have up to 40 stalls, although it’s not clear where Veluttini gets these numbers if the new tenant is theoretical.

The Planning Commission meeting starts this Thursday at 6pm.

Are you a business or resident that has been impacted by the Pacific Market closure? What grocery store would you like to see on the spot?

Anisia robinson February 26, 2013 at 06:50 PM
All been mentioned before but it's been two years and no takers.... Now the WM expansion is gearing up.... Good luck....who else is left to give it a go?
Allison February 26, 2013 at 07:31 PM
WalMart or no WalMart, I would happily shop at a Trader Joe's that close to my home!
Marie C February 26, 2013 at 10:32 PM
We need something like Whole Foods or G&C. Traders is great but is limited variety and may not fill the whole space. Anything will do however, I'll shop there a lot!
RC February 27, 2013 at 07:02 AM
Let's please all hope for a miracle that WM won't be able to expand at last. John P, I truly hope you're right about the indoor organic farmer's market. It's ridiculous, the residents of RP obviously do NOT want or NEED the WM expansion. Seems only the shoppers will be coming from SR. I emailed asking the coalition how they were able to keep WM out of SR (when the residents need and desire a WM in their city so badly); but unsuccessful at stopping the expansion in RP. Our city is much smaller in population and don't need more more traffic coming from SR. I hope none of you are a WM shopper currently. We should all boycott that company.
Ernest Giono February 28, 2013 at 10:16 PM
Wal Mart does not need a food section in their RP Store. Is'nt Raley's, Safeway and a few other smaller stores enough?


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