SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A family-run grocery chain with outlets in San Francisco, Marin and Davis is planning to shut down most of its stores in the next few weeks.

DeLano IGA Market took over the Cala Foods on 18th street in 2006, making it the neighborhood 24-hour grocery, where you could walk to get milk or eggs before dawn. Now it’s only open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and that’s just to sell the remaining inventory which is marked 30 percent off. The hand-painted sign over the door announcing the bad news just went up Monday, to the surprise of long-time customers.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

“It’s very sad to see this,” said one shopper. “And I think we have to do everything we can to support small businesses. If you can’t support small businesses I think you should move out to the suburbs.”

This comes after Saturday’s nationwide push to shop at small businesses.

Experts say small grocers have had a tough time against bigger chains like Safeway and Whole Foods.

According to the Chronicle, the market’s owner said he’s still working with creditors but the Castro market is just one of five in San Francisco and Marin expected to close in the next few weeks.

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Comments (4)
  1. r says:

    what does living in the suburbs have to do with supporting small businesses?? whoever they interviewed is a moron. marin and davis are suburbs!

  2. Zak says:

    Not sure why small grocers are having problems competing as Safeway & Whole Foods are so outrageously priced, unless they too are pricing too high. Obviously, pricing low works; Trader Joes as an example. TJ’s success is the fact they pay cash for everything, pay their suppliers up front, use their profits to build new stores and carry no loans or credit. So, here’s a grocery chain that has managed to contradict the believe you must use credit power to exist.