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Russian Hill Backs Whole Foods

The former Lombardi’s store at 1600 Jackson Street is being targeted as a new location for a Whole Foods 365 store, and the effort got a boost from neighborhood group Russian Hill Neighbors. RHN surveyed its members and followers and reported that by a nearly 3–1 ratio, the survey respondents supported the Whole Foods 365 proposal. Nearly as many of the respondents (71 percent) said that Russian Hill lacked adequate grocery options (one respondent wrote “There is no place in walking distance to buy good quality, affordable groceries”).

Smaller majorities also rejected concerns about increased traffic and congestion caused by the store (51 percent said “no”), noise and congestion from deliveries (65 percent), and negative impact on other local merchants (52 percent).

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