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Question: What Should Replace Taco Bell?

You can't head to Jarvis Avenue for your fourth meal anymore. Taco Bell has closed and a for lease sign is displayed on the window. So what do you think should move into town?

Jennifer Hicklin December 08, 2011 at 05:27 PM
I guess sales tax doesn't count? How about the taxes paid for payroll? Or that fact that regardless of a national chain, they still employ our residents and donate to our community. There are a million other real reasons to keep your money in your community and not over the highway in Fremont.
Nadja Adolf December 08, 2011 at 10:15 PM
What matters to me is not being hit by speeding cars losing it in the intersection and sliding across, or being rear ended by people tailgating and romping on it to avoid being caught by what appears to be a short yellow light in the left turn lanes. If I take I880 to the Hub, the shopping center is on my right on Mowry, no jackrabbit left turn lanes. Then I can just proceed up the side street after hitting Safeway and Trader Joe's, pop in to Smart and Final, and then proceed up to Raley's, and take Paseo Padre to Thornton and head for home. A simple circuit. We also prefer the CostCo to the north rather than the one at Pacific Commons because there is less traffic chaos and congestion. I really don't care to spend my money on auto body shops and emergency rooms. Your mileage may vary.
Michelle January 01, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Nadja, you should move to fremont if you don't care about Newark businesses. Everything that you wrote just sounds ridiculous. Mowery and 880 to get to Safeway..yeah that's smart.
Nadja Adolf January 03, 2012 at 12:57 PM
Safeway is a national chain. If Newark doesn't meet my needs, I will go elsewhere. I have no duty to shop at any specific location; and I have freedom of choice. About the only places I do shop in Newark are at the Old Town Center, at the Food Lion area mall where I shop in the little South Asian market for vegetables and spices, and at Mi Pueblo. The Safeway and Raley's in Fremont are larger, have better parking, and are better stocked. There is no Trader Joe's, no Smart and Final, no CostCo, and no Whole Foods in Newark. I really don't care where you shop; and you really shouldn't care a rodent's rump about where I shop. Given that there is going to be a private GEMS school opening on Cherry Street, a school that will probably offer the Indian University preparation and charge more than $15K a year for day school tuition, it might be smart for Newark to consider attracting businesses to NewPark that cater to a South Asian clientele if Newark wants sales taxes. Since food items aren't taxed, I suspect my shopping out of Dodge isn't having much impact on the city revenues.
Nadja Adolf January 03, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Oh, and I do promote Newark businesses that meet my needs. The Silicon Valley Chickens group meets in Newark at least three times a year in My Cafe on Thornton Avenue. People from San Jose, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Mountain View and other portions of Silicon Valley all come here for the meeting.

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