Loading Zone Customer Letter

October 16, 2018

Dear Valued Menlo Park Neighbor and Draeger's Market Customer,

Our family opened the downtown Menlo Park store in 1955 and it has operated continuously at the corner of University Drive and Menlo Ave. for the past 63 years. We love this community, we cherish our customers, and we are proud of the role we play in supporting and maintaining a thriving downtown business district.

As you may be aware, the proposed development next door at 840 Menlo Avenue will require modification to the existing public loading zone on Evelyn Street which Draeger's Market relies on to receive deliveries outside the loading hours allowed in the public parking plaza adjacent to our market.

As a small independent grocer, Draeger's cannot afford to operate huge central warehouses to further consolidate deliveries like Safeway or Trader Joe's does. We rely on deliveries throughout the day to meet the needs of our customers and small business owners, and minimize early morning and late night deliveries that disturb our neighbors.

The Council will hear and vote on exactly how the Evelyn Street loading zone is to be modified - which in turn will determine how our store will be impacted - at its next meeting on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:00pm.

We have worked closely with City staff to identify the 5 alternative loading zones below, all of which we believe would be generally compatible with the proposed 840 Menlo Avenue development, and any of which we could accept - Please see descriptions of all 5 alternatives below.

WE NEED YOUR HELP RIGHT AWAY!

  • Please email the City Council before October 23rd at city.council@menlopark.org.
  • Please urge City Council Members to approve one of the above five loading zone options listed on the backside in order to support the continued viability of Draeger's Market and other surrounding community serving retail businesses in the Downtown.
  • Please consider attending the Council Meeting on October 23rd at 7:00pm in support of Draeger's.
  • Please pass this flyer on to your neighbors, friends and family.

If you have any questions or need additional information, Please contact Victoria Draeger at info@draegers.com.

Thank you in advance for your support,
John, Tony, Richard, James, Peter & Mary Claire Draeger


5 POTENTIAL STREET-BASED PUBLIC LOADING ZONE ALTERNATIVES

Below are descriptions of 5 alternative loading zones, all of which we believe would be generally compatible with the proposed 840 Menlo Avenue development, and any of which Draeger's Market could accept in order to continue receiving operations without harm to store operations.

Loading Zone Alternative Descriptions Listed in Order of Preference

  • Redesign the proposed project garage entrance to Menlo Avenue to retain the existing Evelyn Street loading zone
  • Redesign the proposed project garage entrance south on Evelyn Street closer to Menlo Avenue in order to preserve a reduced loading zone on Evelyn Street
  • Create a loading zone on Evelyn Street between Menlo Avenue and the proposed project garage entrance without any redesign
  • Relocate the loading zone to Menlo Avenue
  • Relocating the loading zone across the street to the other side of Evelyn Street

Please email the City Council before October 23rd at city.council@menlopark.org