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West Oakland Community Market in Danger of Closing After Two Years

Plus, H Mart’s SF store might open in this lifetime, and more intel

Finishing touches are nearing completion at the new Community Foods Market on San Pablo Avenue in Oakland, Calif. on Friday, April 26, 2019. The new grocery store, which will also serve as a gathering space for the community, will be the first full servic Photo by Paul Chinn/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
  • West Oakland’s Community Market opened in the summer of 2019 after almost a decade of grassroots organizing, fundraising, and planning. Now it might close, just shy of two years in operation, due to the pandemic’s chokehold on the economy. Fewer shoppers, higher prices, and a reduced workforce have all contributed to the struggle. A “Save Our Store” campaign was launched today in an attempt to keep the doors open. Without serious investment, the market could close in as few as three months.
  • Will H Mart finally open in San Francisco after months, nay, YEARS of fits and starts? The SF Chronicle sniffed out a hiring announcement that could mean an opening is imminent. Staffing up during a pandemic is no joke, so signs point to an opening in the next few months. Stay tuned for more info on the Korean grocery chain that will be located in the Oceanview Village Shopping Center, replacing the long-shuttered Oceanview Supermarket at 3995 Alemany Boulevard in Ingleside Heights, just North of Daly City.
  • A new LBGTQ+ nightclub is opening in Oakland, catering to the queer Latinx community. Valentino Carrillo opened a quesabirria shop, La Frontera, in 2020, the profits of which have allowed him to open Que Rico, which will offer drag brunches, quesabirria tacos, and dancing. It opens April 13 in downtown Oakland (381 15th Street).

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