And having laid the groundwork for a formula retailer to operate the development’s 25,000-square-foot grocery store space at the corner of Fulton and Laguna four years ago, as plugged-in people have long been aware, San Francisco’s Planning Commission could clear the way for Portland-based New Seasons Market to occupy the space and offer fresh produce, meat, baked goods, cheese, deli, floral, pastry, seafood and bulk items from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
In exchange for allowing the formula retailer to open in Hayes Valley, within which formula retail controls currently prohibit any new chain stores from opening, New Seasons will be required to accept payments by way of income-based assistance programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women (WIC). In addition, New Seasons was required to prepare a food affordability projection for a basket of “everyday grocery items” as maintained by the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the results of which indicated the market would be affordable to those with a low or moderate budget.
San Francisco’s Planning Department is recommending that New Seasons be able to open. In terms of timing, while the market would “love to open in 2018,” we’ll take the over. And yes, there are 73 designated parking spots for the grocery in 555 Fulton’s garage.