Multiple stores are coming and going in the Crenshaw District.
Community supermarkets are currently in a state of flux, change—and some may not even get started.
The markets in the neighborhood are in a state of flux as some have closed while others are changing. Many of the local supermarkets are becoming far and few in between on Crenshaw.
Not too long ago, it was announced that Albertsons on La Brea and Rodeo would be closing down as of Dec. 1. Ralphs, on Crenshaw and Rodeo, was rumored to be torn down earlier in the year. Ralphs employees at the Crenshaw and Rodeo location couldn’t comment on the store closing but there are rumors speculating it may close early next year. As a result, the Ralphs on La Brea and Rodeo will be expanded and remodeled with more grocery options according to Herb Wesson’s office.
The closing of major grocery stores in the neighborhood doesn’t bode well for the community. Many people rely on these stores and for some, it’s the only access to food within a reasonable distance. There have been some announcements within the later part of the year to counter-balance the loss of two major grocery stores.
Trader Joe’s expressed interest in moving a store into the Crenshaw area. A local official in Council District 10 confirmed that the specialty store is eyeing the Crenshaw District. There has been chatter among locals to welcome the store into the area. It would be the first Trader Joe’s in the Crenshaw District if they decide to put a store in the community.
Fresh & Easy is another store that is setting up shop on Crenshaw and Jefferson. According to recent news, the popular chain may have landed in the Crenshaw District too late. Tesco, the British supermarket giant, is thinking of selling the chain. What this means for Fresh & Easy has yet to be seen and hopefully a much needed grocery store won’t have been built in vain.
Superior Market has replaced Albertsons on La Brea and Rodeo and it’s rumored that Target will be replacing Ralphs on Rodeo Crenshaw. The grocery stores mambo is bringing in new and taking out the old. The question is, when this game of musical chairs is over, who will be left standing?