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Andronico's change of ownership?

rworange | Nov 7, 201110:10 AM

I was in the Shattuck Andronico's for the first time in a bazzilion years and saw a sign on the window applying for a change of ownership. I knew they were declaring bankruptcy or something. Anyone know about the ownership change?

I used to love Andronico's. For years it was part of my Saturday shopping ... Acme, Berkeley Bowl, Cheeseboard, Andronico's.

I can see why I liked it so much. But I can see why they are in bancruptcy

They have items I haven't seen in any other store such as Community Grains beans - Chestnut, Snow Cap and Black Valentine.

They carry loaves of sliced King's Hawaiian bread which is like trying to mine diamonds, few stores have the sliced loaf though they carry the rest of the line.

The olive bar has black olives with fig jam and blue cheese. I'm not certain if I really like these, but there was sort of pleasing crunch to the olive and interesting flavor.

I was in there to order my Thanksgiving turkey. Unless something else pops up that sounds better, I'm going with Branigan's. I liked they are raised longer. From the Branigan site "By raising the turkeys longer, they develop a thin film of fat under the skin that makes them self-basting, so you don't have to add any type of oil or butter. You just let the turkey cook in its own natural juices."

I haven't cooked a turkey in years, so I didn't want to risk ruining a high-price heritage bird. I like Diestel, but I wanted something different. So this seemed like a good choice for me.

Anyway, Androico's is one of the few places in the Bay Area that sell it.

However, I can see why on a Sunday when I couldn't move there were so many people at Berkeley Bowl ... Andronico's was almost empty.

The prices have always been high, but exceeding the prices at Whole Foods ... wow. Some of it was double the price at Berkeley Bowl.

The only thing that was reasonable was a brand of organic flour I haven't seen elsewhere for $4.75 for 5 lbs ... great price for organic flour ... oh yeah, Halloween candy was being cleared for about 75 cents a bag.

Still, I was glad I stopped by. I probably will pick up some of the items that seemed interesting and not available elsewhere. I hope whoever takes over doesn't start eliminating that part of Andronico's because then they might as well close the doors. That is what makes Andronico's worth visiting. I hope thought that the prices they charge for the same items that get sold elsewhere gets re-evaluated.

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