Grocery changes in Redwood City

When we’re not looking at the fast cars, we notice other changes on our drive between Redwood City and Menlo Park. Based on coverage in the San Mateo Daily Journal, it looks like one of the independent groceries in Redwood City closed in April—confirmed by the empty parking lot just off the intersection of Fifth and El Camino Real.

The closing was at least partially due to the arrival of Whole Foods a mile and a half north, although it appears that the location itself was an issue, as that intersection is an informal spot for day workers to wait for possible job pickups. But this kind of change is the flip side of new arrivals to Redwood City—some independent businesses will need to make difficult adjustments.