After so much hubbub, the lot containing the defunct Delano’s IGA supermarket seems eerily quiet.
The Planning Commission recently approved Fresh & Easy’s application to build a new outlet at the site, on South Van Ness Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets, but where’s the construction?
“Everything is moving along, we’re just going through the permit process,” said Schuyler Jackson, Fresh & Easy’s real estate director.
Brittany Bendix, the city planner assigned to the project, said: “It’s currently moving through the Department of Building Inspections, so that’s a good thing.”
“We’ll probably be looking to start construction sometime next year,” said Jackson.
Fresh & Easy, an American chain owned by British grocery giant Tesco, has gotten Mission community flak for being non-union (as opposed to the neighborhood’s two other grocery stores, Foods Co. and Safeway, both of which are unionized). Fresh & Easy has tried to allay concerns by promising to hire locally, but hasn’t laid out its plan for making that happen.
The company’s self-checkout lanes have also drawn skepticism from community members who call them “anti-labor,” as well as from the Planning Commission. Worried that self-checkout lanes could make it easier for minors to buy alcohol, the commission required that Fresh & Easy maintain a lane staffed by a person, to which the company agreed.