In the various places I’ve lived there have always been like 2 or 3 competing major supermarket chains. I imagine for many people that the entrance of Whole Foods into the market—a grocery store that seems to care more about consumer and environmental health than supplier profit—has been a breath of fresh air.
Much to my delight, there are local grocery stores in California that aren’t chains at all.
The chains do still exist, but of the 19 stores I’ve counted in Santa Rosa and Sebastopol, 6 are local, independent, relatively full-service grocery stores. That’s over 30%. And if I threw the Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s in with the independents, more than 52% of the grocery stores I have access to are either independent or at least very interesting.
I was thinking about this last night as I went shopping at Pacific Market in Santa Rosa for the first time. They’re the smaller sister store to Fiesta Market in Sebastopol where I frequently get lunch. Given that I keep discovering new grocery stores, and tend to shop at a different one each time, I thought it’d be fun to plot out all the ones I know and see what others I’ve yet to try.
And what better tool to use than Google Maps!
|Santa Rosa, California|
|Albertsons||150 Bicentennial Way|
|Albertsons||915 Village Court|
|Community Market||1899 Mendocino Avenue|
|G&G Supermarket||1211 West College Avenue|
|Oliver’s Market||560 Montecito Center|
|Pacific Market||1465 Town And Country Drive|
|Safeway||2300 Mendocino Avenue|
|Safeway||1799 Marlow Road|
|Safeway||2751 4th Street|
|Safeway||2785 Yulupa Avenue|
|Safeway||100 Calistoga Road|
|Trader Joe’s||3225 Cleveland Avenue|
|Trader Joe’s||2100 Santa Rosa Ave|
|Whole Foods Market||1181 Yulupa Avenue|
|Albertsons||776 Gravenstein Highway North|
|Andy’s Market||691 Gravenstein Highway North|
|Fiesta Market||550 Gravenstein Highway North|
|Fircrest Market||998 Gravenstein Highway South|
|Safeway||406 North Main Street|
|Whole Foods Market||6910 McKinley Avenue|