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Mar 4, 2007 02:32 PM

What's in the old Cala at Geary & 27th Ave?

I was in the Richmond district last night and drove by the old Cala on Geary and 27th Ave. It turned into a new grocery and I think the name was Da Leno (???) but I'm not sure. Any way I'm just curious since I ust to live near by and about the quality, etc. and if they're going to set up stores elsewhere.

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  1. -the flyer from Wednesday's SF Chron is for DeLano's IGA at 6333 Geary Blvd. Is that the same address? We had IGA in the Midwest ... it looks like it also replaces the CALA at 4201 - 18th Street in the Castro. Did you drop in to check it out? I wonder if the stores are revamped and if the stock/merchandise is different now?

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    1. re: Cynsa

      Didn't get a chance to stop in...but it looked upscale from the view into the window. Now that I have the proper name, Delano's, I found this:

      1. re: Cynsa

        I think of the IGA chain of today as a ripoff of a revered name. IGA stands for Independent Grocers Alliance, and it started out as the anti-chain. It was small family-run grocery stores bonding for efficiencies in distribution and promotion, and to shelter themselves from being run out of business by the then megachains like A&P and Canadian invader Loblaws. When I was a lad there was one in every town, no matter how small, with a name like "Smith's IGA", "Brown's IGA", "Jones's IGA", or, in my home town, "Cliffords IGA."

      2. I happened to go to the store yesterday afternoon. So far, it is the same as the old Cala. I believe there may be changes coming down the line but the name is the first thing to change. One good change was that you no longer need a Cala card to take advantage of discounted items. Frankly, its a pretty decent store for a traditional grocery store.

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        1. re: poulet_roti

          I was in the one at Castro and 18th ..not much change yet (they do have bagels from Bagel House (big deal!) rather than the supper puffy Cala ones)...the staff said that they would be changing recipes on the prepared foods in the near future....

        2. Anyone know what's happening with the closed-down Albertson's near that old Cala in the outer Richmond? There was a rumor about a Mollie Stone's.

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          1. re: Laura2

            i heard a rumor that a realtor was trying to get an asian supermarket to buy the space?

          2. The Cala that closed on S. Van Ness and 23rd is now a DeLano as of last week. All I can say is the flowers are better. The rest looks a little worse, at least the deli stuff.

            1. The Safeway (7th Ave/Cabrillo) is undergoing a remodel. The Richmond Review said a state-of-the-art Safeway will re-open in the second half of 2008. I think that they even delayed the closing after the Cala closed but decided that they really needed to spiff up the store.

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              1. re: Kato

                I think "state-of-the-art" means the look and feel of a Whole Foods. That's where Safeway is going these days.

                1. re: Gary Soup

                  That's too bad, I really liked the old funky Safeway at 7th Ave. Any way, I just read somewhere that talked about Safeway's move upscale has paid off pretty well.

                  1. re: Gary Soup

                    Which Safeway is like Whole Foods? The best Safeways I've been to is the one in Strawberry Mall in Marin ... and that just has a better variety ... there ain't no mistaking it for anything but a Safeway ... well, about that better variety ... 50 kinds of mustard ... two kinds of milk. There's one in Freemont that has (had?) an nice artisan cheese counter.

                    I'll bet state of the art just means self-serve check-out. Hate that.

                    1. re: rworange

                      Have you been to Mission Bay Safeway (across the street from CalTrain)? Autumn colors, subdued lighting, multiple prepared food "stations" and the like. It reminded me a lot of the Columbus Circle WF in New York. When they remodeled my North Point Safeway they didn't have a lot of space to tamper with the layout but got in the subdued colors and lighting.

                      1. re: Gary Soup

                        Yep. Mean store. Dunno. Seems pretty Safeway as usual to me. Nothing state of the art there. You got your olive bar, your sandwiches, your hot deli, your cold deli, your bakery, an adequate produce section and Safeway wine/beer. Cramped aisles.IIRC, they fancied up the meat/fish counter to include butchers and fish mongers. Nasty staff ... the one difference from the usual Safeway. Andronico's is more state of the art than that. I

                        1. re: rworange

                          I don't know what your usual" Safeways are, but the Mission Bay Safeway is not the North Point Safeway , and I'd guess it's not the 7th Avenue Safeway. It's full of the kinds of asymmetries and misdirects that WF seems to like, and designed to throw stuff in your path that you didn't plan on encountering, doing its best to keep you from getting in and out with only what you planned to buy. No olive bar in my Safeway, either.

                        2. re: Gary Soup

                          i think all safeways are making changes to be like that. the one in menlo park here on the peninsula is going over a complete revamp to be more of what i call a "swanky" safeways. and i agree - very much like whole foods in its look.

                          1. re: katg

                            The newly remodeled Safeways are just less trashy looking. More hushed lighting. Different flooring. Somewhat different displays. Same wilted vegetables. I don't feel that they resemble Whole Foods in the looks department. It's like saying Anna Nicole Smith looks just like Marilyn Monroe.

                            1. re: Atomica

                              Cold ... true ... but cold ... RIP ... rest in pink ... Anna :-)

                              Yeah, with the exception of the Freemont store with the real cheese counter it is just the same Safeway stuff. Not to say I don't have allegiance to a few of those items. Even places like the Marin store ... sure they have a little coffee counter and two tables where you can eat a sandwich, but same old everthing else.

                              While they look slightly better, that isn't something that brings me to Safeway when I do go. I'm still going there for the same products I bought for years and years.