Berkeley Bowl

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Berkeley Bowl
Industry Grocery Store
Founder Glenn and Diane Yasuda
Headquarters Berkeley, California, United States
Products fruits and vegetables, groceries
The Berkeley Bowl produce section.

Berkeley Bowl is an independent grocery store in Berkeley, California.[1][2] Owned by Glenn and Diane Yasuda,[3] it sells organic and natural products and has an extensive produce section. It has two locations in the city.

The business name stems from their first store location, in a former bowling alley.[4]

History and reception[edit]

Started as a small local grocery store in 1977, it now has two locations in Berkeley.[5] The original store was located in a converted bowling alley (also named Berkeley Bowl) at 2777 Shattuck Avenue, and moved to a renovated Safeway at 2020 Oregon Street in 1999. In 2003, it employed 250 people and there was a drive for unionization.[2] A second location, Berkeley Bowl West, opened at 9th and Heinz in 2009.

In 2008, the Los Angeles Times wrote that it was "this strident city's most popular grocery store."[6]


  1. ^ Tager, Sally (September 19, 1984). "Want 15 kinds of lettuce, 5 kinds of berries? Try the Berkeley Bowl". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Romney, Lee (October 30, 2003). "Labor Fight Seen as Un-Berkeley". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ de Turenne, Veronique (June 16, 1999). "Bowling for Produce". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  4. ^ Taylor, Tracey (24 March 2015). "Shop Talk: The ins and outs of Berkeley businesses". Berkeleyside. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Wasman, Sharon (August 3, 2005). "You Think You've Got Tomatoes". The New York Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 
  6. ^ Glionna, John M. (September 22, 2008). "Where the nuts are off the shelf". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 3, 2012. 

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