Tonight: Nonprofit hosts 'No on BevMo' meeting


Hometown Peninsula, a nonprofit coalition of local business owners and supporters, has stepped into the Beverages & More debate. The group will hold a public meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, to present why the Menlo Park City Council should keep the chain store out of its city.

In August the Planning Commission voted 4-3 to approve a use permit for BevMo, which hopes to open a store at 700 El Camino Real, in the same strip mall that houses Big 5 and Staples.

The retailer has been trying to launch a store in Menlo Park for three years; its first effort, aimed at an empty space on Santa Cruz Avenue, failed.

Maureen Hogan, a Menlo Park resident, appealed the granting of the use permit. The City Council is expected to make a decision on BevMo at its Nov. 9 meeting.

Ms. Hogan, along with Barbara Rosasco, will speak at the Hometown Peninsula presentation tonight, at the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church meeting space at 700B Santa Cruz Ave., behind Ace Hardware.

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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Oct 4, 2010 at 1:42 pm

This article says all that really needs (or at least should need) to be said. The MP Planning Commission approved a use permit in a Strip Mall that already is home to two chain stores (Staples & Big Five). There are other family owned businesses in this town that sell what Staples and Big Five sell. This is all about the Beltramos being afraid of fairly priced competition, period. City Council, do the right thing and confirm the decision of your planning commissioners.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Oct 4, 2010 at 2:02 pm

This is ridiculous.

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Posted by not so new guy
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 4, 2010 at 3:28 pm

A "Non-profit coalition of business owners".

So who is out for the profit part, because I am pretty sure it is the business owners on this one!

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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Oct 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

What is this??

Are they also protesting the new PetCo store in the Safeway shopping center??

Or is that pet store chain OK while the liquor store chain is not?

No... as another person said, because Beltramos and Draegers do not own pet stores.

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