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I closed TOUCH storefront in Montclair Village after 9 years. I served on the Montclair Village Adsociation and advocated in making rent rates publicly posted to assure that tenants paid fair rates.
There are so few landlords that own the commercial properties in the village which makes it difficult to negotiate. Many of them had inherited the property and don't even live in California. a their interests are only in collecting rents.
I pressed to have the association create a page on the website that not only listed vacancies, but included current rent fees along with needed desirable businesses to help the village and its businesses.
Montclair shopping districts lacks efficient public transportation deterring to attract non-driving folks from other Oakland neighborhoods to seek employment or shop the district.
Small businesses are losing
TOO much business ?!? That's been a commercial block for decades. Vida's fish was on the corner for many years attracting people from all over Oakland. Wow. Heck the building across the street used to be a large Safeway store. TOO much business ?!??
Oakland just loves to close down small businesses. Just sad.
Way to punish success. They may have brought a lot of traffic, but nothing else really brings people all the way from SF to that block.
Another business potentially closing down thanks to the increase of the minimum wage in Oakland which Oakland voters are the ones to be blamed.
When ever in the bay area, I make my way here to eat. Hope it doesn't get pushed out.
I'm 65 years old, I remember my Noni taking me many times to the Genova delicatessen. One of my earliest memories was the pungent smell of salami and cheese. Also, playing on the sawdust floor! First Bancheros closes, now Genova, che triste.
I used to work at Genova as a young adult. Dominic and Julio taught me, and the other staff, work ethic that most businesses wouldn't have the patience or time to offer. This is bad for the neighborhood and Oakland as a whole. Keep Genova open!
In a different interview the manager states that due to the recent jump in minimum wage Genova can not afford any other increases in overhead. But this interview only says that higher rent will force them to close. If they are spread so thin by the new minimum wage that they can't absorb any other increases it seems unlikely they'll survive for long, even if the landlord decides to not raise their rent. Hope they can figure out a solution.
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This is atrocious! We must fight!
I'm third generation Oakland and have been going to Genova since 1958. I still travel to Oakland to get ravs and a sandwich from my favorite deli from my home in Woodland. The greedy real estate folks are destroying the East Bay bit by bit. Hope common sense resurfaces at some point.
I've been patronizing Genoa for over 50 years. I grew up in that area and moved away almost 30 years ago. Live in clovis now and I make regular trips to the bay area just to go to this deli. THIS IS A TRAVESTY!!!
I used to go there as a child /and it was down the block in a little brick building..old world style- " a little Italy of Oakland. The deli counter would give free slices of meats( cured) as a candy treat to kids. Was a wonderful place..deserves to keep going..true history and a loyal clientele.
We must all unite to see that this DOES NOT happen! Genova MUST STAY!!
Genova customer for 44 years
Ive been eating here since I was 2 years old. I'm 35. My mother has beeb eating prior to that. This place is partof our family tradition. There is more to this place than just good food. 3 Italians used to work there only when I was little. My favorite guy had a patch on his eye. They made you feel at home everytime you walked in. We have to keep them here!
Couldn't they raise their prices to deal with the increase in rent.
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