West Oakland for 99 Cents

Despite many resident protests, a 99 Cents Only Store is opening in West Oakland today, the Oakland Tribune reports. The 11,500 square feet store leased by the BRIDGE Housing Corp is located at 1440 7th Street, across from the West Oakland BART station. Instead, some residents wanted the community-based, fresh-food coop, Mandela Foods Cooperative, since that part of Oakland is fairly devoid of grocery stores with fresh fruits and vegetables. In September, BRIDGE agreed to restrict the 99 Cents stores’ space for produce and meat in order to give residents incentive to buy from the coop, which plans to open in April in a 2,300 square feet space, also leased by BRIDGE.

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