Andronico's market to close July 24

Los Altos store to stay open as firm reorganizes with new investor

Andronico's market, a high-end grocery store that's been a fixture at Stanford Shopping Center for the past two decades, will close its doors July 24.

The "rough decision" to close the Palo Alto location came as the family-owned business works through a recapitalization with an unnamed equity partner, a spokeswoman said.

Employees said they were told of the closure Friday.

Around opening time Monday morning it appeared to be business as usual, with freshly stocked shelves of bread, cheese and baked goods.

"We're hoping to stabilize and strengthen the company long-term" through the current reorganization, Diane Krebs, the company's operations administrator, said Monday (July 18).

Signs on the store windows touted big discounts through the July 24 closing, and referred customers to the Andronico's in Los Altos's Rancho Shopping Center in the future.

Andronico's was founded in Berkeley in 1929 by Greek immigrant Frank Andronico, and is currently operated by Bill Andronico.

The company has four stores in Berkeley, one in San Francisco, one in San Anselmo and the one in Los Altos.

In 2006, a Danville store was sold and a Walnut Creek location was closed.

Chris Kenrick

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Posted by Shopper
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Jul 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm

That's a WOW ! Too bad, now Draeger's will be the only up scale market around here. Hope Draedger's can hang in there and not pull the plug as well.

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Posted by Jon Castor
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Heights
on Jul 18, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Will be missed! This is... was... a really excellent store, and despite being considered upscale, prices on many items were quite reasonable.

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Posted by Annabelle
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 18, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Unbelievable. Seems we can support another Beverages and More but not Andronico's?
Draeger's is no replacement for Andronico's. Guess I will be driving to Los Altos.

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Posted by Hank Lawrence
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 19, 2011 at 10:15 am

I love Andronicos. Everything is first rate at that store and it is on par with Draegers regarding quality and selection with lower prices. That store will really be missed.

I have seen some great Grocers close in the past two decades. First was Midtown Market in Palo Alto which had the best butcher department hands down. Then John's market at Town & Country in Palo Alto closed. That was a great market too. JJ&F almost closed; but a buyer was found and continues on-- thankfully. Local non-chain grocers can't compete with chain store grocers on price; but you get far better quality on meats, fish, poultry, and produce.

Draeger' has a great hot food to go counter. Probably the best around getting a slight nod over Roberts. Cook's Seafood is better than Draeger's at about the same cost. Cook's steams their dunginess crabs every day. Their sand dabs are beyond comparison; and their Alaskan Wild King Salmon is to die for.

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Posted by Mark Sheehan
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Jul 20, 2011 at 10:48 pm

This store really went downhill the last year...from what I understand,the new management was horrible and the employees were all disgruntled that lead to it's demise.

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