FOODSCO, the nation’s largest price-impact supermarket chain, opened its first store in East Oakland on Wednesday, becoming the first major supermarket in the community in more than 20 years.
“We believe East Oakland will be a great FOODSCO community and we look forward to offering our unique brand of friendly service to customers who appreciate quality and value at everyday low prices,” ,” said FOODSCO President Bryan Kaltenbach.
The80,000 square-foot supermarket is located in East Oakland’s Foothill Square Shopping Center at 10790 MacArthur Boulevard right off 108th Street and is open from 6 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. The new store will provide local customers with a new, convenient and affordable option for their grocery shopping needs, including fresh produce, meat and seafood.
FOODSCO currently operates five stores in The Bay Area: two stores in San Francisco and one store each in Pittsburg, Redwood City and Richmond. The new Foothill Square FOODSCO store is expected to help boost East Oakland’s economic vitality and attract additional investment and development to East Oakland.
Oakland Vice Mayor Larry E. Reid, thanked FOODSCO for investing in East Oakland.
“It has been my honor to work with the representatives of FOODSCO to bring this dream to fruition. The relationship between FOODSCO and our residents in Oakland, will only serve as a true testimony of what can be accomplished with dedication and perseverance to bring quality to our neighborhoods, “ Reid said.
The store will employ 175 full and part-time associates, the majority of whom have been newly hired from the surrounding community.
The store’s grand opening celebration also featured the presentation of $15,000 in grants from FOODSCO to the following schools and community organizations: Grass Valley Elementary School, Elmhurst Community Prep School, Castlemont High School, Ile Omode School, Elevate Oakland Foundation, and Youth UpRising.