"Trader Joe's is a nonunion store owned by a secretive German family that sells specialty food and low-cost alcohol," said Steve Wollmer, who lives 250 feet from the site. "Do we really need this in our neighborhood?"
-- "Neighbors Say No to Popular Market," SFGate, Oct 30, 06
I have to admit, it took me about five minutes to stop giggling after reading that quote. A secretive German family! Oh, no!
So here's the deal: apparently, some folks in Berkeley are not too keen about the prospect of a new building that combines a Trader Joe's and apartment housing. Last time I checked, Berkeley wasn't exactly grappling with a housing surplus, but that seems to be secondary to the real gripe, which is that U.C. Berkeley students and Telegraph avenue winos will be able to stagger over to the store for cheap booze. Apparently, spending 85% of your panhandling take on overpriced booze is the greater good here? Or is it driving to get the cheap booze?