Jade Garden, UPS Store Being Forced Out Of The Encina Grande Shopping Center Due To Restriction In Whole Foods Lease

October 10, 2018 8:00 am · 96 comments

A restriction in the lease with Whole Foods is forcing two long-time businesses out of the Encina Grande shopping center on Ygnacio Valley Rd. at Oak Grove Rd. in Walnut Creek, according to the center’s property manager.

The Jade Garden Chinese restaurant’s lease cannot be renewed, and the space cannot be leased by any type of restaurant due to a restriction in the lease with the Amazon-owned supermarket chain that limits the square-footage of restaurants in the center, according to the property manager, Recency Centers.

Jade Garden and UPS were given 12-months notice. They have been told to be out by February of 2019. Jade Garden has been in the center for 31 years, and UPS has leased in the center for over two decades.

AAA is looking to move into the buildings currently occupied by the two businesses, according to a city staff report.

Regency Center says they plan to combine both units in order to make room for AAA.

The owners of Jade Garden say they’re “heartbroken”, and say the worst part about this is the “company knew about this decision before construction began (on Whole Foods) and didn’t tell us until after we had suffered through the complete remodel of the shopping center, and paid our rent the whole time, though our sales were limited during construction.”

Jade Garden’s owners say they’d like to relocate, but it’s too expensive to move into a completely empty building, so they’re looking for a spot that was previously occupied by a restaurant.

It’s rumored that Evie’s hamburgers and Taco Bell will also be forced to leave the center once their lease expires, however, that has not been confirmed.

The Walnut Creek Planning Commission will be discussing the plan to move AAA into the building during their meeting on Oct.11 at 7 p.m. inside the Council Chamber, City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

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UPDATE: UPDATE: Regency Centers Tried To Modify Lease With Whole Foods To Save Jade Garden, But Whole Foods Wouldn’t Approve Changes

wave October 10, 2018 at 8:06 AM

What a waste….kick out these 2 businesses and allow for AAA….give me a BREAK!

Doreen October 10, 2018 at 8:20 AM

That’s disgusting. Will never shop at Whole Foods

Mitch October 10, 2018 at 8:07 AM

The amazon race to the bottom continues, sucking the life out of local businesses it barely competes with. Shame on the property manager!

Ken October 10, 2018 at 9:49 AM

That’s the thing…this doesn’t have anything to do with Amazon.
The lease was in place well before Amazon purchased Whole Foods.

The property manager claims they tried to ask Whole Foods to reconsider but they refused.

Making small, family-owned businesses close because they want to limit competition is who Whole Foods is. I was shocked by that.

Concord mom October 10, 2018 at 8:13 AM

Nooooooooo. Jade Garden is the only Chinese restaurant I go to in all of the Diablo Valley! Please move to Clayton Station!!!

Come Here! October 10, 2018 at 12:47 PM

We need a very good Chinese restaurant in the Clayton area.

Ricardoh October 10, 2018 at 8:15 AM

Whole Foods owned by Jeff Bezos the President Trump hating richest person in the world. Don’t read the Washington Post or shop at Whole Foods and try to discourage my wife from ordering from Amazon. Power to the people, right Jeff?

CalOldBlue October 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Let’s be clear here. This deal was struck before Amazon/Bezos came into play. Whole Foods is a Texas-based corporation (formerly?) headed by a Libertarian who is anti-union and is on record against the affordable care act. So if you don’t like what is going on, it is based on the actions of a right-wing CEO that predates the Amazon acquisition.

Ricardoh October 10, 2018 at 10:40 AM

Bezos owns the Washington Post He doesn’t have to say anything. He is happy watching them. Many people are richer than Trump. If they are in the fake news biz he may not like them.

Mika October 10, 2018 at 8:16 AM

What a shame! Removing these tenants after all these years. Makes me not wantvto shop at Whole Foods. Big, rich megacompanies kicking America’s small businesses to the curb. SHAME!

Tsa October 10, 2018 at 12:06 PM

Rather have a Super Walmart anyday.

Mika October 10, 2018 at 8:16 AM

What a shame! Removing these tenants after all these years. Makes me not want to shop at Whole Foods. Big, rich megacompanies kicking America’s small businesses to the curb. SHAME!

Anon October 10, 2018 at 8:17 AM

This is just another reason NOT to shop at Whole Paycheck. This is what they do when they move into a place. The fact they get away with it and kick out businesses that have been there DECADES… heartless. Reminds me of the movie You’ve Got Mail. The scene where Tom Hanks says, “It was just business. It wasn’t personal.” And Meg Ryan says, “But it was personal to ME.” These are family owned businesses they ran out. FAMILIES who rely on this income to feed and house children and pay bills. This IS PERSONAL, Whole Foods. Y’all should be ashamed.

T-Rex October 10, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Sounds like Walmart. Putting other businesses out, yet people still shop there. Everyone make sure to get your food in before they leave to give them that last memory of customers.

Bitterman October 10, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Rocco’s next???

Thom October 10, 2018 at 8:53 AM

I was just wondering the same thing, Why would you not want restaurants in your shopping center. It brings people in to the shopping center. I am sorry if you want Jade Garden or Ricos, there is nothing in whole foods to replace that, so where is the incentive to go to whole foods? Rediculous!

AngryWithThis October 10, 2018 at 8:34 AM

This is not ok. I have lived by this establishment my whole life and I am 35 yrs old. The jade garden is almost as old as me. What is this world coming to? We should put a go fund me together for Jade Garden!! Who’s with me?

concord Mom October 10, 2018 at 11:21 AM

Me! maybe they can afford to move to Clayton Station.

Rollo Tomasi October 10, 2018 at 8:34 AM

Rocco’s is larger than either of the restaurants mentioned in the article. I wonder if Rocco has better legal counsel or does Amazon/Bezos just understand how much influence Rocco has in the community?
Seems like a great time for the giant new Safeway across the street to up their game and make Whole Foods take a hit, but it won’t happen.

HS October 10, 2018 at 11:33 AM

It wont happen because the staff on the new Safeway are unpleasant!!!

original just me October 10, 2018 at 12:03 PM

Rocco’s lease is probably not up for renewal yet. This is ridiculous, and the comments about Wholefoods lease agreement pre-dating the Amazon’s purchase, that may be true but Amazon can do an amendment to the lease and is obviously not, so they are just as much responsible. This needs to go viral and put out to the news, Facebook etc. to publically shame them

Jeff October 10, 2018 at 8:37 AM

Killing the community. They need to WAKE UP.

The Fearless Spectator October 10, 2018 at 8:38 AM

I feel for these long term tenants, and if I were one of the other tenants I would be worried. And don’t look for any sympathy out of the WC Planning Commission; it’s clear the small guy is out, and the big chains are in. We were surprised they didn’t take a wrecking ball to the vintage dining car when Vic Stewart’s closed.

Walnut Creek has lost its charm; culture to follow.

Ingrid October 10, 2018 at 8:48 AM

Wow what a shame. I’m not sure WHY! The WF in Lafayette is surrounded by restaurants and other businesses and it doesn’t cut into their profits. They share the same mall with Safeway! This makes no sense to me at all. And it seems against what WF stands for. Community? Hello? Perhaps since the Amazon takeover their business models have changed. SHAME.

L October 10, 2018 at 9:20 AM

The whole center is owned by a long time family in LAF

Thom October 10, 2018 at 8:53 AM

I was just wondering the same thing, Why would you not want restaurants in your shopping center. It brings people in to the shopping center. I am sorry if you want Jade Garden or Ricos, there is nothing in whole foods to replace that, so where is the incentive to go to whole foods? Rediculous!

Joe M October 10, 2018 at 9:00 AM

How about protests and boycott of whole foods…no sales they won’t stay. It’s a yuppy place anyway run them out.

Mr Capitalism October 10, 2018 at 9:01 AM

Yes, their LEASE was not renewed.
They are not not ENTITLED to stay there.

Boo hoo, but its not the fault of Mega Corp, it is how business works.

Neighbor October 10, 2018 at 9:13 AM

But that’s not how THIS community works….

commoncents October 10, 2018 at 9:35 AM

It’s how kleptocracy works.

Ken October 10, 2018 at 9:54 AM

No, how business and capitalism work through competition.

What we see here is a large company coming into an environment and forcing smaller businesses to close so they limit competition.

This is not a question of entitlement this is a bully using power to limit choices.

Rollo Tomasi October 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM

That is correct. And if enough people are angry enough to stop patronizing WF, their sales will drop. It would take a long time for the lost revenue to make a difference at corporate, but it could happen. That’s how business works.

Doh October 10, 2018 at 11:41 AM

I understand not allowing a similar business like another grocery store but this is a restaurant.

Mr Capitalism October 10, 2018 at 12:52 PM

Right. So save yourself some money, buy a shopping center and see if you write your leases any differently.

Steve October 10, 2018 at 9:06 AM

I think legacy stores should be Granfathered in. The Jade Garden has been there for years! What Whole Foods/Amazon don’t think they can compete with a little independent!? Won’t find me at Whole Foods! That’s the only vote I have, but it won’t help the Jade Garden or the Person owning the UPS Franchise store. 😡

MattfromConcord October 10, 2018 at 9:13 AM

So… WF sells hot Chinese food and ship UPS packages in their store???? What’s the competition????
I guess the property owner only cares about the money. I don’t think I’ll shop at the ENTIRE CENTER any more. I’ll only eat at jade garden when they move.

S October 10, 2018 at 9:16 AM

Hey people!!! It’s not whole foods it’s the owner of the center that lets it happen!!! Put the blame where it belongs!!!

LightenUpFrancis October 10, 2018 at 10:21 AM

I’m guessing this is only partially true. The Whole Foods real estate team surely entered into negotiation with the landlord with these requirements. The landlord could have said no, but why would they? A landlord’s responsibility to any tenant begins and ends with the language of the lease. 12 months notice is reasonable.

David R. October 10, 2018 at 11:07 AM

I saw the letter from the property manager. It said they had tried to get WF to reconsider the limiting the number of restaurants but WF refused.

It’s kinda clear Whole Foods played a very large role in this competition limiting agreement.

Sign from Above October 10, 2018 at 12:03 PM


I totally agree with you. While WF obviously had a part in it, the center management company is to blame. If the management tried so hard to get WF to change their minds and they refused, the center should have cancelled negotiations and waited for another store to move in. With Nob Hill and Safeway right across the street, we certainly didn’t need another food store. Especially one that wants to write in clauses to their contract that are not in the best interest of the neighborhood. The center management sold out the community to make a buck! That’s where the anger should be focused!

It's Me October 10, 2018 at 5:11 PM

Exactly what I was thinking. WF did not make the lease up. Someone had to agree to it.

Cowellian October 10, 2018 at 5:29 PM

I do not believe that Regency just offered Whole Foods the option of chasing away other tenants. Obviously Whole Foods asked for it and Regency agreed. It’s not like there were multiple offers from big retailers wanting that space.

John Boy October 10, 2018 at 9:24 AM

Amazon is getting too big for its own good.

We need to bring back trustbusters to kill their monopoly over the economy.

Living in Claycord October 10, 2018 at 10:35 AM

It is NOT Amazon! It is the property owner who agreed to this lease issue BEFORE Whole Foods was owned by Amazon. Please educate yourself before posting a knee jerk answer. I am as upset as everyone else, but Amazon had nothing to do with this.

Smith October 10, 2018 at 10:39 AM

Across the board, internet and high tech business was given ansolutely free reign, no restriction, wild West business model from venture capital to door-side delivery beginnng on day one. Never in the history of the nation have more rules been “bent” to accomodate an industry, and we see the unpleasant results all around us from a multitude of data breaches to the sexual-harassment management model and lack of background checks at what some industrious entrepreneurs believed was a better idea than taxi.

JR October 10, 2018 at 9:26 AM

The UPS Store is moving across around the corner from Safeway. It’s a shame what the big bully has done to these two businesses. Jade Garden and The UPS Store have been there forever!!

prairiegirl October 10, 2018 at 9:28 AM

Okay, I have to put in my two cents’ worth on this one. Jade Garden is owned by people in our neighborhood and the restaurant has been a local favorite of many people for many years. I am disgusted by this story and by Whole Foods and Amazon and the slimy way Jeff Bezos operates. I haven’t been shopping there for quite a while, but I certainly won’t go there now. I hope the owners of Jade Garden will find a new location nearby (maybe the new shopping center across the street, or the Tutti Fruitti location) and keep their loyal customer base.

CalOldBlue October 10, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Nope: deal was struck before the Amazon acquisition of Whole Foods… we shall see if Bezos decides to change things, but this was the initially set in place by a Texas company headed by a Libertarian CEO; not Bezos, not Amazon.

Sick of it October 10, 2018 at 11:04 AM

Amazon has the ability to restructure the contract to save those buisness’s But you know there is no way in hell they will ever do that. For them to be kicked out means they are enforcing the contract

Screw Corporate America October 10, 2018 at 9:32 AM

Time to begin boycotting Whole Foods; giant corporations always get their way but it’s up to us customers to decide where our money should go. Small businesses thrive on consistent clientele and for a restaurant that’s been established for 31 years means they’ve worked hard and maintaining their rep and for some giant like Amazon/WF to come in and kick them out is insane. Screw whole foods

Noelle October 10, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Jade Garden is a family favorite. So sad to see Walnut Creek losing its local charm.

AnonZ October 10, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Pretty crappy that they weren’t notified earlier. I don’t understand the reasoning. The more variety of businesses in a shopping center, the more traffic your store might get. Remove all that stuff and only Whole Foods shoppers will go there.


mitch October 10, 2018 at 9:40 AM

Today it is Jade Garden, tomorrow it is Rocco’s.

If you can make it, go to the City Council meeting and give them hell!

Typical 1 day notice before the meeting, no time to organize.

Vote with your dollar. Stop shopping at Amazon. Stop shopping at Whole Foods.

Rocco Biale October 10, 2018 at 4:32 PM

It’s not a City Council meeting , it’s a Planning Commission meeting

mike October 10, 2018 at 9:58 AM

Shame on Whole Foods for kicking out long term, family owned establishments.
However, i’m sure the city of Walnut Creek was no help. These are the same people that booted out a bookstore downtown, for more retail shops. WC wants to grow, grow, grow, and kick out small business to benefit the big guys. i’m all for capitalism, but this is ridiculous.!

Whatever October 10, 2018 at 10:01 AM

Blame WAlnut Creek for this one. They approved the lease terms with WF. They knew they would force out the smaller businesses. But WF probably pays three times in taxes to the city so they allowed it.

WC_is_my_home October 10, 2018 at 11:38 AM

The City has nothing to do with lease agreements between businesses and property owners. As long as guidelines are followed, permits get approved. I’m heartbroken over Jade Garden being pushed out of business. This is on Regency and Whole Foods to fix as together they brought on the current circumstances. They are pointing fingers at each other.

Why Not Just? October 10, 2018 at 10:15 AM

This seems so stupid, I can’t see how it’s even in Whole Foods’ interest. If they run local businesses out of the center, what do they expect to come in after them? Vanilla corporate stores? Karate parlors? Seasonal Halloween stores? Vacancies? Centers with such merchants are on their way out.

This lease was signed BEFORE Amazon owned Whole Foods. Perhaps Amazon management should consider vacating the overly-aggressive clauses in that lease.

JustMe October 10, 2018 at 10:17 AM

Move across the street to the shopping center with Safeway. There’s available space there, no?

Or move to Clayton Station or that shopping center with the horrible disjointed parking across from that. The name escapes me, but it’s where Orchard Supply is located.

Neighbor October 10, 2018 at 11:04 AM

A small family run restaurant with likely a low profit margin can’t necessarily afford to move into a new location, especially if it’s not set as a restaurant already. That takes $1M to set up. Plus, they’ve been in that space for 31 years and have built up a local following based on good food and service and deserve to reap the rewards of their hard work rather than having to start all over again in a new area. Seems daunting to me.

NoMoreFreeRide October 10, 2018 at 11:08 AM

The rent there is astronomical

amigo October 10, 2018 at 12:01 PM

Actually Jade Garden was not always in the spot it is now. It used to be down where Rocco’s is. I will surely miss it, if it actually is forced to leave. Have had many lunches and dinners there especially when I used to work on Shadelands.

Community Member October 10, 2018 at 10:19 AM

I don’t think they are asking all restaurants to leave. The email from Regency stated that they had to reduce the square footage of restaurants in the shopping center due to the Whole Foods lease (which was negotiated before Amazon purchased Whole Foods). Although sad or Jade Garden, once a lease expires the Property Owner does not have to renew the lease. I am sure Regency wants a tenant like AAA that would make capital improvements to that space. People should attend the city planning meeting to voice their concerns.

Chinese food lover October 10, 2018 at 10:29 AM

That’s very unethical behavior on the part of the property manager. They milked these businesses for full rent during construction, knowing they’d be forced out. I would sue the property manager.

It’s actions like this that encourage gov’t regulations. Looks like we need a new regulation to force property managers to disclose new conditions that will force out a business.

Tangent October 10, 2018 at 10:34 AM

Someone said `Follow the money’. Obviously one of them –
Regency or Whole Foods is not being transparent. I think it may be Regency may be the bigger villain..eyeing AA as a corporate that may lead to higher rent revenue.

CJ October 11, 2018 at 6:49 AM

It’s also the City Planner that allowed it. WC counsel only cares about tax dollars. They have to approve something big like that coming into the area. Since Jade Garden’s and UPS space is going to be taken over by AAA-another big $$. It is predatory IMHO. The UPS store also has mailboxes so those people will have to find an alternative.

missimee October 10, 2018 at 10:44 AM

Based on my last two times there, I would not be surprised if Applebee’s closes. If the issue is the amount of space restaurants in the center occupy, then it is too bad that the timing is not better.

IT HAPPENED TO ME October 10, 2018 at 10:54 AM

They forced my business & several others out to make room for the PetSmart in the corner. The landlords don’t care about us small business owners or local neighborhood opinion. Fight back… Don’t patron the larger businesses.

Lovelace October 10, 2018 at 11:13 AM

Let’s support jade garden by eating there. I have never been there but I will be sure to go within the next week or so. If I like it I will keep going until they move.

reid October 10, 2018 at 11:23 AM

My thoughts are that someone should post the name and address of the landlord and everyone start a mail campaign and send letters to the shopping center management letting them know of our support of Jade garden. Get the news media involved as well as a human interest story. Put pressure on both Whole Foods and Property Management to reverse their decision.

Betty bart October 10, 2018 at 11:46 AM

hey there’s 2 empty restaurants spot at sprouts shopping center in San ramon on crow canyon road right off 680.go look plz. we need good Chinese foo

Vinobear October 10, 2018 at 12:01 PM

I sent a scathing email to Whole Foods. I’m a small business owner and this is just despicable. This was before Amazon so I’m not yet boycotting them but I will tell you this. I do not plan on stepping into a Whole Foods or Whole 360 if humanly possible.

Blast them with emails. It’s never too late. Maybe they will reconsider if there’s enough outcry.

Jo Ann H October 10, 2018 at 12:07 PM

It is sad that business’s that have been there for a long time and have customers that love them, get kicked out by Whole Foods. You think it would be smart to have other business’s available to bring business into all companies. Shame on Whole foods for using their power to destroy other companies. Big companies are ruining the smaller companies. I hope they fail in this attempt and rethink their decision. Whole foods will be boycotted by me

Jojo Potato October 10, 2018 at 12:19 PM

What’s really sad is that the internet addicted losers who follow along blindly with their shopping because they are getting a “better deal”. For who? Your town is becoming an empty shell and there will soon be only formula chains to shop at. Do you want something different, or special or interesting? Nope, that’s all gone. Think about your shopping people! Get out and get around.

Michelle M. October 10, 2018 at 12:19 PM

Judging from the news vans parked in the WF parking area…this story just got worse for both WF and the building management.

I know it isn’t the employee’s fault but I made sure to tell a manager that I was going to eat at Evie’s Hamburgers today and not at WF because of this. I’m not a fan of Jade Garden but I can’t spend money at WF if they do this.

Sign from Above October 10, 2018 at 12:26 PM

Jade Garden should move across the street to the Orchards. Seems there are still some open spaces.

KenInConcord October 10, 2018 at 12:28 PM

The most upsetting part is the owners of the center knew They weren’t going to renew Jade’s lease before they started the long and inconvenient remodel of the shopping. They allowed Jade Garden to remain and just “weather the construction” at great cost to the restaurant owners. Reduced sales while they tore the building and parking lot to pieces!!! The owners weathered this knowing that in the long run they would have a better shopping center for years to come!!

But that was not going to happen and the shopping centers owners knew it!


Sueb October 10, 2018 at 12:34 PM

So sad!! One of my favorite places to eat. Hope they find somewhere close to relocate to. Perhaps Clayton?????

Tangent October 10, 2018 at 1:19 PM

Can someone please post the relevant email IDs here please?
1. Regency
2. Whole Foods
3. City of WC.

Thank you.

WC Resident October 10, 2018 at 1:44 PM

I hope those news vans cause some waves. It seems like an antitrust issue if Amazon is requiring that landlords not renew leases with competing businesses.

Graham October 10, 2018 at 2:39 PM

As requested by Tangent, Here are the relevant emails:

1. Regency Centers – Jennifer Hess, jenniferhess@regencycenters.com, or phone (925) 279-1885

2. Whole Foods – R. Adam Smith Executive Coordinator // Store Development Whole Foods Market // Northern California and Reno
Email: R.Adam.Smith@wholefoods.com

3. City of WC Staff Contact for AAA of Northern CA Conditional Use Permit for 3,500 SF office in Encina Grande Shopping Center –
Haley Croffoot, Associate Planner
(925) 943-5899 x2177 email: Croffoot@walnut-creek.org

Walnut Creek Planning Commission Public Hearing
on AAA of Northern CA Conditional Use Permit
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 7:00 PM
Council Chambers, City Hall, 1666 N. Main Street

If you’re on Nextdoor and have access to Northgate or Foothill neighborhood, here are 2 posts discussing this matter:

Whole Foods – Encina Grande (Regency centers – Landlord) Not so neighborly!!
Northgate – https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=93161763

AAA at Encina Grande
Foothill – https://nextdoor.com/news_feed/?post=92969725

Tangent October 11, 2018 at 9:10 AM

Thank you Graham. Set off an email to all 3. Next step is to tweet Jeff Bezos. No harm trying.

Kar Mar October 10, 2018 at 3:26 PM

What we all should do is patronize the Chinese restaurant between now and February so that they can make extra money to pay for the move. I’m up for that!

Deniece October 10, 2018 at 5:03 PM

That sucks cause us working folks use UPS as mailing options on lunch and after work. Chinese food is good too

EAN October 10, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Just do not touch Evie’s!!!

unclebrad October 10, 2018 at 5:31 PM

Sounds like the original deal was with the old Whole Foods owners, but now the new owners, Amazon, still won’t do the right thing.

Yeah, that sucks.

ML October 10, 2018 at 6:13 PM

Due to this I will patronize Jade Garden until they are forced to leave and will never shop at any Whole Foods, ever, unless there is a reprieve for the small businesses. I can see a possible conflict for Whole Foods with another grocery store, but not a small family owned restaurant.

Artie October 10, 2018 at 8:59 PM

Jade Garden ought to move to The Veranda. The only Chinese restaurant nearby is Panda Express.

Bearer of bad news October 10, 2018 at 9:10 PM

Sorry Taco bell and Evies are next on the list when their lease is up next year.

Tim October 10, 2018 at 9:56 PM

Black eye for Whole Foods.
Made my changes. No more shopping at WF! Bad business decision. Shows lack of moral compass.
Shop the new Safeway or Nob Hill Foods. They would treat you right.

Kim October 10, 2018 at 11:37 PM

Time to boycott Whole Foods.

Let's do our part October 11, 2018 at 2:58 AM

It is great to see so much genuine concern and dialogue regarding this issue. However, expressing sadness and disgust is just the first step but it won’t help the owners of Jade Garden nor will it save any of your other favorite independently owned businesses/ restaurants like Rocco’s or Evie’s that may be in the same situation If this is allowed to continue. As Rocco Biale commented, the cost to move a restaurant to a new space/location is a million dollars at least. These small businesses don’t have that kind of money. So Regency (and yes, it is Regency who agreed with WF lease terms since they are the landlords) forcing Jade Garden out of their current spot after 31 years will not only take away a favorite non-chain restaurant, it will actually destroy their livelihood. So If you want to make a real difference, you need to attend the WC planning commission meeting tonight and insist they don’t issue the special permit that is being requested for the new potential tenant (AAA). That is the entire purpose for the meeting tonight. If that is successful, there needs to be pressure put on WF NorCal headquarters to change the terms of their lease. Then Regency won’t have Whole Foods to hide behind and they will be in the hot seat with fthe community if they don’t offer the current tenants the opportunity to renew their lease. The reply by Regency’s spokesperson Jennifer Hess was not forthright. She said WFoods lease wouldn’t allow for the restaurant to stay due to parking limitations. Well, if AAA moves there, they will need 15-20 parking spaces for employees plus parking spaces for their customers–this is WAY more than Jade Garden ever uses.

Monica Gallicho October 11, 2018 at 11:50 AM

Whole Foods should be ashamed. My family has been eating at Jade for years. I will never shop at Whole Foods again!

Kinsey Leakey October 11, 2018 at 1:45 PM

Bye bye, I’ll use AAA more than the other of those 2, in fact ive never been to either one.
I welcome AAA.

CONCORD October 12, 2018 at 6:27 AM


CLAYCORD.com October 10, 2018 at 12:55 PM

Here’s an update:

Regency Centers Tried To Modify Lease With Whole Foods To Save Jade Garden, But Whole Foods Wouldn’t Approve Changes

STORY HERE >>>> https://goo.gl/K7Tt15

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