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What Should Replace Nob Hill?

Trader Joe's? Another Target? Let us know in the comments.

The Nob Hill in Milpitas is closing, as announced last week by Raley's, the grocery store's parent company. 

So what should take it's place? What is missing in Milpitas?

The store is in Foothill Square shopping center on the north side of town. Is a Trader Joe's the perfect fit for that location? Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market? Or maybe the next occupant shouldn't be a grocery store at all.

Let us know what you think in the comments below.   

Cynthia Walker March 07, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Whole Foods or Trader Joes.
Alex Rodriguez March 07, 2012 at 03:09 AM
We need a Whole Foods supermarket. Thank You
Alex Rodriguez March 07, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Whole Foods
Susan March 07, 2012 at 04:38 AM
TJ's would be great. But I don't think it's gonna happen. I agree with you on the Asian stores. There's already enough of them in town. Maybe a Mexican grocer like El Pueblo? That would be nice.
Sifu Paddler March 07, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Not only a skating rink, but an ice skating rink. That idea might actually fly. Broomball anybody? TJs? Unlikely for this location, but if I were to hedge my bets, I would speculate that a Trader Joes would be likely to succeed in the fomer Mervyns. You might think it may not work, but Trader Joes in Mountain View is right around the corner from Safeway on San Antonio. Likewise Trader Joes on Coleman in San Jose shares a strip mall with Target. Both locations are doing well. Whole Foods? Nah. Generally good stuff, but way overpriced. A better location would be the former Albertsons off of Mission and 880 in Fremont. Folks in the Mission San Jose neighborhood with a mix of Warms Springs and Milpitas would go for it as well as the traffic going to and fro on the 880, 680, Warm Springs and Mission Boulevards. A mini Mi Pueblo would be nice, but again Milpitas is saturated with ethnic grocers. However a Zonnato's might fill the bill for a traditional grocer, albeit with an Italian twist. One thing about Zonnato's is that they have great deli service and that would keep both 9 to fives and MHS students plenty happy. How about a Mollie Stone perhaps? Just seen 'em, but never been. Of course there is Andronico's or Lunardis, but speculating that might be to high brow for Milpitas' tastes. The closest ones are in Stanford and Los Altos. Go figure. If only PW was still around.
Kristal Caidoy March 07, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Trader Joe's or New Leaf Community Market are my suggestions to replace the Nob Hill.
Sandy Capalongan March 07, 2012 at 03:15 PM
And I'll add another vote for Trader Joe's. There's a big whole between North Fremont and Coleman Avenue in San Jose. I wouldn't complain about a Whole Foods either. I love the Asian markets for their great selection of produce, spices, teas and other interesting foods (at half the price of Nob Hill and Safeway), but we really need a Trader Joe's!! Can I vote twice?
Ed March 07, 2012 at 03:34 PM
We may have to face the reality of no one filling the void at the Nob Hill facility in the foreseeable future. Why do I say that? Take a look at how long the old Mervyn's has remained vacant. If you haven't been to Milpitas' Ghost Town, a.k.a. McCarthy Ranch, there are a LOT of store fronts in that area that have remained vacant for way too long. I'm all for a Trader Joe's, a Whole Foods, or even a Mi Pueblo but don't feel as though any of them will be coming here anytime soon.
Dan Manassau March 07, 2012 at 03:45 PM
The city council is considering allowing in marijuana shops to our nice town. How does that sound for the Nob Hill Market site? Last night at the council meeting a group of our citizens notified Council Members Polanski and Gomez that we intend to circulate a petition to put their recall on the ballot. 25 Milpitas citizens signed the notification petition. We all need to show our colors on this one. Get involved.
Mahesh March 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Trader Joe's or whole foods please
James T Susbilla March 07, 2012 at 11:09 PM
Trader Joe's or Whole Foods please. Although an ice rink w/ hockey sounds good too. =)
Kenny March 07, 2012 at 11:09 PM
As with everyone else, Trader Joe's/Whole Foods Market
Noah March 07, 2012 at 11:31 PM
we need a smart and final on this side of town
Sevi March 07, 2012 at 11:32 PM
we need a smart and final on this side of town
Tony Pablo March 07, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Trader Joe's will be great. Hopefully they will consider investing in Milpitas.
barbara glazis March 08, 2012 at 03:02 AM
trader joes for sure..... though i hate loosing the Nob Hill.... their employees are the BEST!!
Candance March 08, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Mi Pueblo, Trader Joes, Whole foods PLEASE!!!! No more Asian markets are needed in Milpitas.
Kanar March 08, 2012 at 10:50 PM
I understand by speaking with one of the Managers at Nob Hill that it may not be a done deal. He says their lease is up in October (I believe), however, then he said something to the effect maybe they could stay. BUT, MORE people have to shop there. So, how about we spread the word and encourage more Milpitas residents to shop at our local Nob Hill. I sure hate to lose Nob Hill. SHOP AT NOB HILL - maybe we can save it from closure.
John S March 09, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Grocery Outlet
Mike Beamer April 21, 2012 at 08:28 PM
All the talk about TJ's or whole foods is interesting, high end, organic. But what about an old fashioned upscale market: Zanottos's, Draeger's, etc. The only thing we;re left with in Milpitas is either low end or main stream markets. How about a little class?
Viola Julio April 30, 2012 at 07:56 PM
definately trader joe's or whole foods!
nob hill customer May 17, 2012 at 01:47 AM
funny how milpitas residents dont want to pay nob hill prices but have no problem paying trader joe's or whole foods prices. and there used to be a dollar store, but that left over a year ago. blockbuster left. starbucks left.
Guy June 07, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Look at the demographics. North of Nob Hill is modest-income Sunnyhills. But East of Nob Hill, up Jacklin into the Hills, are a lot of up-scale homes. Where do THOSE folks buy THEIR groceries? Safeway is about as far from them as Nob Hill. With SaveMart closing 6/30 (or sooner, judging by the discounts they are already offering and the picked-over shelves) the rumor is that IT will house a new Grocery Outlet. Clearly, in recent years Nob Hill has been pitching pricey speciality items in hopes of distinguishing themselves from commoditized Safeway. A Mi Puebla would (mostly) appeal to Hispanics. That is one of the smallest demographic groups in the city.
Resident T September 08, 2012 at 07:52 AM
I hate Trader Joe's. Hate them because for some odd reason they refuse to open a store near Milpitas. If you look at a map, there is this blaring long stretch in the South Bay without any TJs. It's like they don't think they will get any business in this area. Do they think they are like the overpriced Whole Foods who have this innate need to be in posh neighborhoods? I've seen misplaced looking Trader Joe's in plenty of slummy looking areas. I feel like boycotting the nearby TJs (which take well over 20 minutes to get to), and take the money I will save on gas to go spend at Safeway - who has no problem being in Milpitas. Disheartened to hear Nob Hill's Milpitas demise. It's been around forever. It has great bread and better thanksgiving meals. Unfortunately, it can't compete with the excess that is Safeway. If people can afford to shop at Walmart, they can afford to shop at Trader Joe's. Most of their stuff is moderately priced and some are actually cheaper than elsewhere. Demographics have nothing to do with it. Marketing is the the reason why some people might not shop there, and the fact that they are located a gazillion miles away from practicality for the people who know who they are.
Amy November 06, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Nob Hill customer I like Nob Hill. It's close to my house. The price is right, fresh. Very good customer service. I will Nob Hill will stay back.
Melanie November 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
If Nob Hill must go, I vote for Trader Joe's! NO MORE ASIAN STORES... PLEASE!
Amber Julienne November 27, 2012 at 05:13 PM
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!! NO MORE ASIAN STORES!!! Trader Joe's or Mi Pueblo! Can we please get something else in this community for once other than another asian store!!
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bella January 04, 2013 at 05:17 AM
TRADER JOES, WHOLE FOODS, or SPROUTS...PLEASE!!! We just moved to this area and I'm sorry to see nobhill go. Safeway selection sucks and we're extremely disappointed that there's a ghetto grocery outlet that just opened up nearby. Btw, we are Asian and we agree...no more asian stores please.
Christie Yu June 06, 2013 at 05:24 PM
Trader Joe's would be the best!! If not Sprouts.

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