At the Lucky grocery store, located at 1350 S. Park Victoria in Milpitas, many of the shelves are already empty.
Reason being, in exactly one week, the supermarket will be closing for good.
But customers are still coming in to shop for their groceries, even with less of a selection to choose from.
The Lucky store has been at this Parktown Plaza location, at the corner of Landess, since 1969. Back in the day, it was one of the first stores to open in the plaza, along with Thrifty Drug Store and a TG&Y, both of which eventually went out of business.
Many of Lucky’s customers are regulars who have come to depend on the store’s convenient location over the decades…
“It’s kinda sad. I’ve heard so many customers say they live around the corner and it was convenient for them,” said one Lucky employee in an interview with The Beat. “People say they’ve been shopping here for 30 years.”
Dan Murphy, who has served as the store’s manager for the past seven years, said that the supermarket’s 40 employees will all be moving on to work at various other Lucky stores throughout the Santa Clara County area.
The store’s lease expires on January 31, and the company chose not to renew it. Profitability at the Milpitas store was low compared to other stores in surrounding areas.
The Beat will provide updates once we find out what will occupy the space Lucky’s leaving behind.