Bayview grocer a fresh addition

A new grocery in the Bayview District is the special this week, bringing a much-needed store for residents of the low-income neighborhood to buy fresh food.

On Thursday, Mayor Gavin Newsom is scheduled to preside over a groundbreaking ceremony for a 15,000-square-foot Fresh and Easy Neighborhood Market, which will open in a planned 6.5-acre, 360-condominium mixed-use development at 5800 Third St. The grocery store, scheduled to open in fall 2009, is owned by the United Kingdom-based Tesco company.

“I think that the Bayview has been harder hit than many other communities because grocery stores have moved out or they are glorified liquor stores,” said Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, whose district includes the community.

A handful of grocery stores have left San Francisco in recent years, and the Bayview-Hunters Point area is underserved by full-service grocers.

“If I wanted a salad tonight, and I didn’t want to make it, I’d have to go to [the Safeway at] 16th and Potrero,” said Marsha Pendergrass, president of the Bayview Hill Neighborhood Association.

According to the San Francisco Department of Health, the only full-service market in the Bayview is FoodsCo on Williams Avenue.

A recent survey done by the Southeast Food Access Working Group, an offshoot of the mayor’s Shape Up San Francisco, found that more than 60 percent of residents surveyed shopped at the FoodsCo, but those who did not cited the store’s poor quality, selection and lack of food freshness.

“[This project’s] presence will ensure that the community is a place where families will want to stay,” Newsom told The Examiner.

Noteware Development San Francisco is developing the project, on the former site of a Coca-Cola bottling plant, across from the Carroll Street Muni Station and the Bay View Playground.

The site at 5800 Third St. will consist of four buildings with 360 condominiums, some of which will have three bedrooms, said Karen Basting, the Vice President of Development for Noteware.

Forty-seven of the units are designated affordable, and while there is no price range on the 360 units, similar units in the neighborhood were valued between $400,000-700,000, Basting said.

dsmith@examiner.com

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