Sacramento City Councilman Allen Warren said Thursday that a Grocery Outlet will open in Del Paso Heights, a neighborhood that has suffered from a lack of food shopping options.
The store is slated for the southeast corner of Del Paso Boulevard and El Camino Avenue, said Warren, who represents the area. He said he hopes to see the store under construction in the next few months and open near the end of the year.
It would be the second name-brand grocer to open in Warren’s council district since he was elected in 2012.
Grocery chain Viva opened a store on Marysville Boulevard earlier this year. Before that, the area hadn’t had a full-service, name-brand grocer in 20 years.
“When I first took office, that was one of the major items that we talked about, that District 2 is a food desert,” Warren said. “The (grocers’) perception was, ‘Can they make it? Can they survive?’ ”
Warren said he has a letter of intent from Grocery Outlet and a commitment from developer Paul Petrovich. The land is currently owned by the city, and Petrovich will buy it without a subsidy, he said.
The purchase of the land will come before the City Council on March 15, but Warren doesn’t foresee any problems.
Dave Veden, vice chairman of the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership, said the grocery store will help the thoroughfare and the surrounding neighborhood, which has struggled with violent crime and disinvestment.
“That end of the boulevard needed an anchor,” Veden said. “We need to clean that up somehow.”
Veden said residents are going a “big distance for basic groceries” as things stand. He said he thinks people are either going more than three miles west to the Bel Air on West El Camino Avenue or four miles east to the Raley’s at Marconi and Watt avenues.
Grocery Outlet and Petrovich were not available for comment.