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Mega questions now have Mega answer

Written April 14th, 2024 by Hasso Hering

Taking a look at the new signage on Queen Avenue on Sunday afternoon.

For years people in Albany have been asking, on Facebook and elsewhere, what was happening at the old Mega Foods supermarket, which closed in 2017. They no longer have to ask.

As I’ve reported several times, the 42,000-square-foot building at 2000 S.E. Queen Ave. was being remodeled as a self-storage depot. Now there’s big signage that says so.

The signs might have been there for a while, but I didn’t see them until a bike ride took me past the address on Sunday afternoon.

On the vacant south side of the 4.8-acre former market property, the owners got approval of a site plan for two apartment houses. But as of now, the parcel is a dump for what appears to be construction debris.

Albany needs more storage units like it needs more traffic on its streets. People living on the growing south side of town might prefer an attractive supermarket with reasonable prices closer to where they live. But the grocery chains don’t seem to be interested.

At Queen and Geary, though, the old Mega Foods sign still promises “big time savings.” Maybe somewhere, but not there. (hh)

How long will the old supermarket sign at Queen and Geary taunt passersby with its useless message?

8 responses to “Mega questions now have Mega answer”

  1. Teresa says:

    People living on the growing south side of town might prefer an attractive supermarket with reasonable prices closer to where they live? Umm across the street is Wheeler Dealer supermarket with reasonable prices.

    • GinnyJ says:

      Wheeler Dealer is just that Teresa, a wheeler and dealer. Very little fresh produce or fresh meats however, if you want cheaply made knives, or plastic crap etc., there’s plenty of them to be had!

  2. kzs says:

    Yes, getting yet another storage depot in addition to more gyms rather than reasonable priced food stores….

  3. Karen Force says:

    The SW side of town needs a decent grocery store. Remember the old Safeway?


    Wheeler Dealer isn’t a grocery store. They do sell food, but old rejected food.

  5. Bill Kapaun says:

    I miss the days when we had Richey’s, Roths & Shop ‘N Kart in the neighborhood and the snobs had Safeway in theirs.

  6. Robert Sollers says:

    We don’t need another storage, another gym or another Mexican restaurant. We do however need tons more affordable apartments and homes. Rent right now is flat robbery because the landlords know there is not anything available. Meanwhile the city of Albany spent millions on redoing Monteith Park that wasn’t that old to begin with and who does nothing to encourage builders to build affordable places to live.


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