Smart & Final’s successful bid in bankruptcy court to take over the Haggen supermarket in North Park has spurred a lively debate on Nextdoor.com about whether the warehouse store would be welcomed with open arms.
Paul Greshko’s initial posting on Nov. 11 via the hyper-local private social network asked if there was a way to stop Smart & Final from opening and suggested community members pack the next North Park Planning Committee meeting to voice their objections. His posting unleashed dozens and dozens of responses online, crossing the entire spectrum from full support to total opposition, and everything in between.
Vicki Granowitz, chair of the North Park Planning Committee, said last week that she spoke to Smart & Final officials and offered to broker a meeting between the warehouse store, the city and the community.
“We don’t want to become like South Park,” Granowitz said in reference to the brouhaha that erupted over Target Express.