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Could Anything Replace South Seas Market?

The international grocery store has sat vacant in downtown for a while. Will something else take its place?

South Seas Market is one of the many stores on San Mateo Avenue that specializes in selling ethnic foods.

Unfortunately, it is also one of the many stores on The Avenue that has sat vacant for a while.

It isn't clear how long South Seas has been closed, and it also isn't clear if anything is going to replace it.

The last known activity recorded by the city was a building inspection done in 2005. According to several Yelp reviews, the grocery store, which sold specialty food items from around the world—including Jamaica, South Africa, England and Samoa—had an unusual smell that seemed to repel customers.

The only other information known about the property is that the San Francisco-based owner also had the Bollywood video store next door, which is also now vacant.

What do you think should be done with this store?

Location: 612 San Mateo Ave.

Assessed value of property: $443,912

Who to contact: United Associates, 415-566-6868

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Heidi Beck June 26, 2012 at 12:21 AM
It USED to be a nice store when Larry (I think that was his name) and his wife owned it. I'm sorry I've forgotten her name -- she was so friendly at the register and sweet with the kids. And he was interesting to talk to about the wines from South Africa. But I stopped shopping there after they were gone -- there wasn't the same mix of merchandise and then there was that strong smell!

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