delanos2.jpgQuestions have been raised about the future of the Bay Area’s five Delano’s IGA Markets since at least April, when Mission Local reported that employees at their location on South Van Ness Avenue and 23rd Street termed their closure “inevitable.” And now, it looks like some of those questions are being answered — the Chron has been able to confirm that some, but not all, of the grocery stores will be closing very shortly.

While the Appeal’s efforts to reach a Delano’s spokesperson for comment have failed, the Chron did better, speaking with the grocery store chain owner Harley DeLano, Monday. “All the stores aren’t going to close, but some of them are,” he told the paper, before, they say “abruptly hanging up” on the reporter.

It appears that all three of their SF locations are doomed, however — yesterday Richmond SF blog reported that the location at 6333 Geary Boulevard at 27th Avenue would be closing “in the next few weeks” though employees aren’t being told exactly when. “When the food is all sold, we guess!” one worker told the site.

Noe Valley SF blog has heard similar things about the location at 4201 18th Street at Castro Street. An Appeal reader who visited the store last night confirms, saying that the Castro location “is shutting down in 2 days with NO notice,” saying that “they can’t even keep employees in the store after 8 because they can’t pay them” and that “creditors took top-shelf resellables, like the better booze and everything is discounted.” (The Chron, for their part, says the Castro closure will be in two weeks.)

The location at 1245 South Van Ness Avenue at 23rd Street fares no better — according to Eater, the manager on duty Monday at the South Van Ness store said that they, as well as the Castro and Geary Street locations “‘have all lost their leases’ and he’s “‘99.99.99% sure they’re closing. [insert helpless chuckle]'”

The reason for the closures: as you could have guessed, money. Delano told the Chron that they were “still working … with our creditors,” and employees at the Geary store told Richmond SF “that the market chain is in financial distress and would be declaring bankruptcy soon.”

Photo: Richmond SF blog

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  • Greg Dewar

    losing the one on Geary is particularly tough for people in that part of the Richmond, as it now means that there’s no general grocery store with low prices anywhere nearby – it’s a hike to Cabrillo and 7th or to the other one wayyyy out west. That sucks.

    BTW, Fresh and Easy moving into the area won’t help much. It’s been getting terrible reviews down south, and is just the US version of TESCO, which is just a big bland big box store. So unless they shape up (and they have a tendency to say “hey looky we’re moving in” and then NOT DOING IT) that part of the Richmond is gonna be in some pain.

    Also: where will the crazy ladies smash up the liquor bottles?

  • Greg Dewar

    losing the one on Geary is particularly tough for people in that part of the Richmond, as it now means that there’s no general grocery store with low prices anywhere nearby – it’s a hike to Cabrillo and 7th or to the other one wayyyy out west. That sucks.

    BTW, Fresh and Easy moving into the area won’t help much. It’s been getting terrible reviews down south, and is just the US version of TESCO, which is just a big bland big box store. So unless they shape up (and they have a tendency to say “hey looky we’re moving in” and then NOT DOING IT) that part of the Richmond is gonna be in some pain.

    Also: where will the crazy ladies smash up the liquor bottles?

  • Greg Dewar

    losing the one on Geary is particularly tough for people in that part of the Richmond, as it now means that there’s no general grocery store with low prices anywhere nearby – it’s a hike to Cabrillo and 7th or to the other one wayyyy out west. That sucks.

    BTW, Fresh and Easy moving into the area won’t help much. It’s been getting terrible reviews down south, and is just the US version of TESCO, which is just a big bland big box store. So unless they shape up (and they have a tendency to say “hey looky we’re moving in” and then NOT DOING IT) that part of the Richmond is gonna be in some pain.

    Also: where will the crazy ladies smash up the liquor bottles?

  • Greg Dewar

    losing the one on Geary is particularly tough for people in that part of the Richmond, as it now means that there’s no general grocery store with low prices anywhere nearby – it’s a hike to Cabrillo and 7th or to the other one wayyyy out west. That sucks.

    BTW, Fresh and Easy moving into the area won’t help much. It’s been getting terrible reviews down south, and is just the US version of TESCO, which is just a big bland big box store. So unless they shape up (and they have a tendency to say “hey looky we’re moving in” and then NOT DOING IT) that part of the Richmond is gonna be in some pain.

    Also: where will the crazy ladies smash up the liquor bottles?

  • Rick

    The staff at both the Castro and Richmond Delaono’s locations have always been great in terms of customer service.

    I can only hope that if any good were to come out of this, it might be an alternate location for the Trader Joe’s getting pounded by the traffic issues at 16th & Market and something equally viable for the Geary location.

    Or anything really. The City would be well served (literally) and its residents financially with a solid competitor to Safeway.

    I love Andronico’s in the ‘hood, but there aren’t many of them and they are (I believe) even pricier than Whole Foods.

    Sure is a stunning produce department, though.

  • Rick

    The staff at both the Castro and Richmond Delaono’s locations have always been great in terms of customer service.

    I can only hope that if any good were to come out of this, it might be an alternate location for the Trader Joe’s getting pounded by the traffic issues at 16th & Market and something equally viable for the Geary location.

    Or anything really. The City would be well served (literally) and its residents financially with a solid competitor to Safeway.

    I love Andronico’s in the ‘hood, but there aren’t many of them and they are (I believe) even pricier than Whole Foods.

    Sure is a stunning produce department, though.