Not a Very Happy Thanksgiving for DeLano's Market Employees

These photos come from a post we did eight months ago called Scenes from the Final Days of Delano’s. Happily, we were wrong. Delano’s has hung on tight, but things aren’t exactly looking up. A note from a concerned reader:

I was just in there and saw what was pretty obviously a death-powwow, in the meat (and what used to be the decent cheese) section. What I overheard was about the store closing, being laid off, and treating things like business as normal for now.

Things have been looking grim there recently.. it was better for a while, but the stock is getting slimmer all the time and products that run out are increasingly not replaced.

Again, I’m mostly concerned about the people who work there, who have in recent years gone from indifferent to awesome and I think really care about the place. A secondary concern is of course that I might not be able to buy an onion or case of pbr at 11:30pm without walking to safeway.

Sources tell us the company had been looking for a buyer, but that that effort is not panning out.

How much longer can this place plug along?


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23 Responses to “Not a Very Happy Thanksgiving for DeLano's Market Employees”

  1. shotwellian says:

    I feel for the employees, but Delano’s is a truly crappy and useless supermarket. I live directly across the street from the place, so I want to like it, but everything costs at least 50-100% more than Duc Loi and Foods Co. Hopefully we’ll get something better as a replacement.

  2. Mark says:

    Unless more people and politicos get involved, the replacement is going to be ugly stucco condos with no convenient path to Shotwell.

    • Kevin says:

      I’m sorry, but that’s a lame reason to want to keep the market there, Mark, just so you don’t have to hoof it up to a regular street intersection.

      I agree with shotwellian. Although I do like the employees there and it sucks they would lose their jobs, that market is way overpriced for the quality.

  3. Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

    This sucks, but if it goes, I wish it would get replace by a Trader Joe’s. I’m sure it won’t, though. Probably Condos.

    • Al says:

      Should be both– supermarket under apartments.

      • moderniste says:

        Here here–something like the Portrero Hill Whole Foods/condo mixed use building. And maybe some of that rather large parking area can be converted into a parklet, with parking providing underneath the building.

    • HandtoMouth says:

      I agree that a Trader Joe’s in that location would be awesome.

  4. marco says:

    This would be a fantastic location for a Trader Joe’s. Forget that Market St. location with all the NIMBY’s complaining about it. Bring it over here to the Mission where we’ll appreciate the place — and there’s a parking lot.

  5. no.thanks. says:

    can we start some petition to get a trader joes here?!

  6. foodsco says:

    Did someone just use a Delano’s/FoodsCo comparison? FoodsCo is for if you are REALLY fuc king poor and must get a shitload of Ramen, a cheap pizza, a $5 roasted chicken and possibly a couple of diseases down the line.

    • shotwellian says:

      Foods Co actually has tons of normal brand-name stuff, just at really cheap prices. You should check it out.

  7. foodsco2 says:

    And why the F do you guys need ANOTHER Trader Joe’s? Stop being lazy and just ride the extra 10 blocks… GOSHHH!

    • Herr Doktor Professor Deth Vegetable says:

      Because the SOMA one is a fucking nightmare to use?

      The one at Masonic & Geary is actually easier to use despite the fact that it is waaaay further away, at least as far as I am concerned.

  8. SFCityWoman says:

    Just so everyone knows…. ALL Delano’s locations (18th Street, Geary Blvd, Van Ness, Mission, etc.) are closing in two (2) weeks, not just the Mission. Staff were given the boot on Wednesday, just before Thanksgiving.

    Need to make sure the staff in all locations know that when a location closes, that they must pay you 60 days salary. It is a law in California.

    Talk to EDD and let them know all the stores are closing.

    • Mike says:

      That’s a lot of info. Where did you find this out?

    • Kim says:

      I live in the Castro, and our local store is closing in two weeks as well, so that makes sense. Totally sucks though, I really like our store.

    • jk says:

      yeah where did you get your information; on the cereal box?/ sfcitywoman or maybe out there somewhere in da UNIVERSE>>>><<<<??

  9. Donna says:

    Traffic and parking would be a night mare with a Trader Joe’s this is already a densely packed and parked neighborhood. T.Joes should partner up with other retailers and offer shuttle buses at fixed points in the City to the stores here is SF and Daly City. I think the employees at Delano’s 18th are wonderful and hard working so this is very sad as they all support families. Finally, affordable condo’s above with a reasonably priced organic food store above would be fantastic.

  10. Dan says:

    You can request Trader Joe’s locations here:

  11. hez says:

    this blows.

  12. mrs_tesla says:

    I go to the Van Ness location. It’s a crappy store but the people that work there are really nice. I feel bad for them. Being unemployed sucks.