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Evie’s Hamburgers Closes at Encina Grande in Walnut Creek


Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Rounding out a brutal week in Walnut Creek restaurant closings, Evie’s Hamburgers closed recently at the Encina Grande shopping center in Walnut Creek. This comes after Cinco de Mayo, Stanford’s, Tender Greens, and Andy Sushi, not to mention the jazz club Impulse Room closing, all with the last week or so. A new restaurant called Taqueria Magico is planning on opening in the former Evie’s spot in the beginning of August.

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Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant Saved from Eviction at Encina Grande in Walnut Creek


Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Last week I posted a note from a reader who was lamenting the impending loss of Jade Garden Chinese Restaurant in the newly remodeled shopping center Encina Grande in Walnut Creek and it turns out the complaints worked as Jade Garden was able to renew their lease according to cbslocal.com. As for the UPS store next door, it turns out the owner took a big loss and will relocate to Orchards shopping center across the street in a few months with a new owner.

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PetSmart Opens in Encinda Grande Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

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Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Last month Whole Foods opened in the newly remodeled Encina Grande shopping center in Walnut Creek and now PetSmart is open as well. They opened last week on Black Friday. With Petco open across the street in the new Orchards shopping center there are now plenty of options for pet owners. I ended up buying a nice looking pleco for my son’s aquarium. No more algae?

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Whole Foods Opens in Encina Grande Shopping Center in Walnut Creek

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Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Whole Foods has finally opened where Safeway used to be in the Encina Grande Shopping Center in Walnut Creek. Located in a newly built building, it’s HUGE and looks amazing, with a long coffee, beer and wine bar as well as tables on the far side at front. The other day they had three brews from Berkeley-based Fieldwork Brewing Co. Aisles are spaced out wider than the cramped Lafayette Whole Foods which is nice. One interesting point are the registers. For small purchases they have ONE line with multiple cash registers so you won’t get stuck behind one that’s lagging. On the way out I spotted a mochi ice cream stand which you can see below. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a self-serve mochi ice cream stand before. Pretty cool!

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Whole Foods Opening Nov 2nd in Encina Grande in Walnut Creek

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Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

It’s been a bit longer than a year since Safeway closed in the Encina Grande shopping center on Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek and now Whole Foods is set to open on November 2nd according to this article in the East Bay Times. The article highlights that there will be a self-serve pizza station, coffee, beer and wine bar as well as “high-tech digital ordering kiosks that let customers order sandwiches, burritos and other items on an iPad before picking them up when done shopping”. Can’t wait to check it out!

Last week Safeway reopened across the street in the new Orchards shopping center. Thanks to a reader for pointing out the article.

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Progress on Safeway at the Orchards and Whole Foods in Encina Grande across the Street in Walnut Creek

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The Orchards at Walnut Creek Safeway

Lot of progress being made at the two new supermarkets going up across the street from each other on Ygnacio Valley Rd. in Walnut Creek. Safeway used to be located at Encina Grande which closed in September and is being replaced by Whole Foods (see photo below). A new Safeway is being built right across the street in the new Orchards at Walnut Creek shopping center, expected to open by year-end. With Nob Hill Foods around the corner there will be plenty of food shopping options for people living nearby which will be great.

Encina Grande Whole Foods:
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Rocco’s Ristorante Pizzeria Open During Encina Grande Remodel

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Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

The Encina Grande shopping center on Ygnacio Valley Blvd. in Walnut Creek is getting a big makeover with Whole Foods replacing Safeway in a completely new building, and Walgreens relocating into a spot on the other side, and construction continues on the other end where Rocco’s Ristorante Pizzeria is located and as the signs show, they are open for business. Check out their pizza menu here.