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Viewpoint - September 15, 2010

Letter: Stunned to see BevMo approval

I attended the August Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting regarding the use permit for BevMo. Approval of the permit was to be based upon findings that BevMo would fill a need and that granting the permit would not be detrimental. The meeting was to give residents an opportunity to voice their opinions.

With 13 locations selling alcohol and a BevMo three miles away in Redwood City, there was no demonstrated need for BevMo. However, the commission voted 4-3 favoring the permit. I was stunned to see 1,500 residents who mailed in postcards opposing the permit ignored by city officials.

Furthermore, the commission seemed unaware or unwilling to address the current labor woes of BevMo, which aired Aug. 13 when Channel 7 news reported BevMo management had demoted 163 full-time employees without notice to part-time status, an action BevMo's management described as a way "to weather the economic storm."

Menlo Park is a charming community with a unique hometown atmosphere. I feel that BevMo's harsh labor practices, combined with its low-end strip mall theme and mega chain store sales mentality, will surely harm our community.

Again, why do we need BevMo? One thing does seem clear. BevMo is not likely to bring any full-time benefited jobs to Menlo Park.

I urge concerned residents to contact the City Council. Tell them: Just say no to BevMo!

Barbara Rosasco, Hillview Drive, Menlo Park

Comments

Posted by Hank Lawrence, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 15, 2010 at 8:15 am

We should get K&L Liquors to move to Menlo Park.


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Sep 15, 2010 at 8:42 am

Some people would have thought there was no need for another eyeglasses store, coffee shop or nail salon, either.

There's a much simpler solution than trying to impose your consumer biases on others. If you don't like a store, just don't shop there. If enough people feel as you do, they'll go away soon enough.


Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Sep 15, 2010 at 12:26 pm

I honestly do not understand why people have such a hard time with the concept of a free market. If Bevmo is not needed or wanted it will go away because no one will shop there.

Interesting to note the 1500 cards that were sent in are offset by 1200 Menlo Park residents that have a Bevmo discount card. So it seems about even as to who wants it and who doesn't.

Again, if you don't want them in town don't shop there.


Posted by Central Menlo, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Sep 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

The Hogan and Rosasco families supported the delivery of a doorstep flier "Oppose BevMo in Menlo Park" (we received it on Sun, 9/19).

This is a lot of effort to oppose one store's permit application. The motivation appears to be in support of "locally centered merchants [who] have a real interestin the continuing welfare of our community".

I hope, by this, that these families practice what they preach, and actively avoid shopping at all of the chain stores in town (Trader Joe's, Safeway, Shell, Chevon, 76, Peets, Starbucks, Chase, Bank of America, Staples, Big5, and the others).

I support the city counsil decision to approve BevMo's permit. And I'll continue to shop a the stores that provide selection & service (Kepler's, Beltramos, Draegers, and many others).

You can write to voice your opposition, or support:
* city.council@menlopark.org
* opposebevmo@gmail.com


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