Cardenas Market Moving Into The Old Safeway Building On Monument Blvd. In Concord

December 11, 2018 8:00 am · 26 comments

Cardenas Market, which is described as a Mexican-focused supermarket, is moving into the old Safeway building at 2250 Monument Blvd. in Concord.

The supermarket chain currently has about 11 stores around the Bay Area, including Pittsburg, Vallejo, Oakland, San Rafael and San Jose.

The building has been vacant since Safeway closed in 2012.

Moodyblues December 11, 2018 at 8:09 AM

WOW! How surprising is that?

Simonpure December 11, 2018 at 8:24 AM

They use to be Mi Pueblo. Pretty good meat selection.

Ratings December 11, 2018 at 8:25 AM

Just looked on yelp…most stores 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 stars…

ML December 11, 2018 at 8:39 AM

It’s about time something moved in there

wave December 11, 2018 at 8:49 AM

Yelp reviews for other Cardenas Markets are NOT good.

Pyrrhus December 11, 2018 at 1:31 PM

Neither is Safeway. I’ve gone to Cardenas in Pittsburg and I found it perfectly fine with a really good meat selection. Most yelp reviews are completely useless.

Bishop Estates December 11, 2018 at 8:55 AM

That’s great, that area has been a ghost town

Fred December 11, 2018 at 9:00 AM

In Texas we had Fiesta, which had a lot of international foods. Was fun to go there just to see and hear all the people and the different foods.

S December 11, 2018 at 9:59 AM

They’re actually pretty good.

Sandra Corby December 11, 2018 at 10:15 AM

Great! When leaving Big Lots the other day I wondered why it was still vacant. Such an eyesore!

Mike December 11, 2018 at 10:32 AM

Cardenas Markets are great. Awesome meat markets. Taqueria. Fresh fruit and fruit juices! (made to order.. mango, watermelon , papaya, peach, etc)
Much like Mi Pueblo but cleaner and higher quality.

Justifiable Languor December 11, 2018 at 11:00 AM

Oh man! I would love for this to be true. Taqueria! Fresh fruit and veg.

But mostly, I love that parking lot. I really miss the Safeway that was there.

Mimi (original) December 11, 2018 at 10:52 AM

Hmmm…I’ve never heard of Cardenas, but I’m pretty much a basic Safeway shopper. I look forward to venturing in and seeing what it’s like, especially since there are very mixed reviews! I’m really glad something is going in there, though, because sometimes my brain goes into a time warp and I pull into that driveway expecting to see Safeway and see the empty lot and get jarred back into reality. It sucks getting old!

Jack's Fan December 11, 2018 at 10:58 AM

This will probably hurt all the mom and pop markets on Monument like Los Rancheros.

Dorothy December 11, 2018 at 12:39 PM

Maybe not. In Pittsburg La Superior is just up the street from them and they are still doing about the same as before Mi Pueblo came in and even after it became Cardenas. Both are good stores.

I don’t pay attention to Yelp reviews and don’t give any to Yelp.

FU December 11, 2018 at 11:45 AM

They’ve already hired a security guard for the parking lot

Frito Bandito December 11, 2018 at 9:41 PM

The Security Guard does not need no sticking badges.

JustMe December 11, 2018 at 7:41 PM

I had visited the Mi Pueblo (now Cardenas) once a few years ago and remember finding things I couldn’t find anywhere else. During check out they spoke to me in Spanish, which I only have a basic understanding, but I was able to get by. I had never went back, so I don’t know what it’s like now.

Justifiable Languor December 12, 2018 at 7:44 AM

I tried to teach myself spanish for a while. At the self checkout register in the grocery store. Lol

Change December 11, 2018 at 10:08 PM

This is awesome news! I cant wait to go there!

JLew December 12, 2018 at 10:19 AM

I loved Mi Pueblo!! If Cardenas is comparable I’m gonna be a happy camper! Steaming (literally) hot off the press tortillas, great meat dept., delicious pastries in the bakery…..mmmmmmm…..

Silva December 12, 2018 at 12:10 PM

We loved Mi Pueblo too.. they really had a lot of good stuff in there. It’s harder to find good local meat markets. Las Montañas in Park n Shop is great, and the Asian store in Park n Shop Used to be super good, but they’ve done away with the in store butchers, and their prices more than doubled. I hope this place can hold a candle to Mi Pueblo. They sure have a great space if I rememb.er correctly.

Rosie December 12, 2018 at 4:26 PM

Business owners in the Monument corridor went to the city council regarding this. They opposed it, feeling it will hurt their businesses. If you are going to shop this new store, please also continue to support the smaller established businesses in the area. I’d hate to see them lose money, layoff employees or go out of business. Personally, we don’t plan to give this store our business as we like the existing store and food choices.

Ana December 17, 2018 at 9:50 AM

I really agree with your concern but there is something you forgot to mention I leave in the monument area for 14 years and day by day I see the prices on those markets are going up so sometimes I even go to the Pittsburg store to try to save some money like las Montana’s market I like those stores a lot I always shop there for my grocery’s en evriting but there prices are so ridiculos specialty for people like me with the low income family but we don’t have other choice becouse it’s close to us and there us people they don’t drive so they said CARDENAS have really good a fair prices so I’m exited for this to come soon I will keep supporting my lil stores Arrownd me but I will look for my own good . Thank you and good luck for everyone .

Gititogether December 12, 2018 at 7:11 PM

Sounds like great news and a good fit for the area….however, the chronic
problem that never get’s fixed is that ridiculous driveway jutting out from the “Super Station” which causes the merging and un-merging from 3 lanes to 2 and back to 3. File a damn eminent domain, pay the owner a reasonable amount and fix that…20+ years is long enough to put up with this

ochoa December 12, 2018 at 10:28 PM

i like the cafeteria a t cardenas, but look i went to oakland one i order a plate to eat there it took 20 minutes to get it ,and 20 min to pay i had to make 2 lines ,when i got the foood .it was so cold ,so i ask to warm up my plate they we dont do that,am not goin there again,,and a new one for what???? to play with people and take therir money

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