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News - January 11, 2017

Menlo Park: Trader Joe's wants to host wine and beer tastings

by Kate Bradshaw

Trader Joe's has applied for permits to hold wine and beer tastings at its Menlo Park store at 720 Menlo Ave.

Menlo Park's Planning Commission was scheduled to discuss the item at its meeting Monday, Jan. 9, held after the Almanac went to press.

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Also on the commission's agenda is a proposal to convert a day spa ("Spa in the Park") at 103 Gilbert Ave. in the Willows into a pediatric office operated by Stanford Children's Health.

Beer, wine tastings

Trader Joe's plans to set up a permanent wine and beer tasting area near the alcoholic beverages section of the store, according to documents submitted to the city. The area would be about 105 square feet and would be enclosed by 4-foot-tall cedar walls.

The company says it has such tasting areas in two Southern California locations: Temecula (Riverside County) and Del Mar Heights (San Diego), according to a staff report.

Similar Menlo Park tasting licenses have already been approved at the Safeway at 525 El Camino Real, BevMo and Willows Market.

If Menlo Park grants a permit, Trader Joe's would still have to get permission from the state before opening the tasting area.

Pediatric office

According to the proposal for the pediatric office, there would be eight employees: three pediatricians, two medical assistants, a registrar, a clinic manager and a receptionist.

There is expected to be enough parking to meet demand, a city staff report says. Renovation plans include making the interior kid-friendly and converting an accessory building into a staff break room.


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