Hey, market plans that don't involve a Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, or Safeway! The SF Business Times reports that retail developer Blake Hunt Ventures is looking for a spot in the city that's ripe for turning into an indoor mercado, a multi-tenant market geared toward Latino shoppers that could stand from 75,000 to 200,000 square feet. It's "premature" yet to start talking plans, says CEO Brad Blake, but their long-haul plans involve building mercados all along the West Coast. They've apparently already completed one, the Plaza de San Jose, though that appears on the outside — with a large parking lot surrounded by Target and others — to be more like a suburban shopping center. As for location, Blake Hunt's got their sights set on the Inner Mission and Potrero Hill, and they're "exploring a potential deal" at 2000 Folsom, former home of ye olde chocolatiers Schmidt and Scharffen Berger.
· Blake Hunt shopping for ‘Mercado’ site [SF Business Times]