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Zanotto’s First Annual Wine and Food Festival


Willow Glen has been without a grocery store since the Safeway on Curtner shut down, and before that the Albertson’s on Bird, and we’re STILL waiting for that Fresh and Easy.  So the neighborhood waited with baited breath when we heard Zanotto’s was moving into a store at Foxworthy and Cherry.

As Joann reported here, now that the store is open you’ll find the quality level one expects from a family market like Zanotto’s as well as the friendly and knowledgeable staff just on the outskirts of Willow Glen.

To celebrate Zanotto’s Willow Glen is having a special Grand Opening celebration with their first annual “Wine and Food Festival” on Aug. 28.

Local wineries will be on hand to offer great wines and There will be food paired with it from the store’s deli, the BBQ and vendors on hand to sample their products too.

There will be entertainment for the kids with a strolling magician, a face painter and a balloon artist along with a band. Prizes, including a mountain bicycle and a portable basketball backboard will be given away throughout the day. Surprise prizes and gift baskets will also be given throughout the day.

Doors will open at 8:00 AM with an official ribbon cutting at 11:00 AM., and city Council members Pierluigi Oliverio and Judy Chirco and Pat Dando, President of the San Jose Chamber of Commerce will be on hand to officially open the store located at 1421 Foxworthy Ave. San Jose, CA.

Near-downtown Whole Foods Market delayed and downsized

Tip of the hat to Rick at NNASJ who pointed out that Silicon Valley Business Journal is reporting changes to Whole Foods Markets’ plans for San Jose. The chain has been planning a new store on the Alameda at Stockton Street, and already demolished the warehouse previously on the site. Now, the planned size of the store has been reduced from 44,000 to 34,000 square feet, and it’s not expected to open until 2010.

Many downtown residents have been eagerly awaiting the opening of a new gourmet grocery, but it looks like Whole Foods hasn’t been able keep up its expansion pace as the national economic climate has turned against the chain also known as “Whole Paycheck” Markets. Whole Foods is in a whole lotta trouble financially, so I’m guessing there’s still room for this story to get worse for downtowners who can’t live without organic free-trade coffe and locally made non-BGH brie.

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