Ralphs on Crenshaw closes with 25% off sale and residents who are sad to say goodbye to one of the community’s longest standing super markets.
Ralphs officially says goodbye to Crenshaw with a notice on permanently shut sliding doors.
Community supermarkets continue to shuffle
On Monday, May 20, Ralphs on Crenshaw officially closed. The supermarket known as, once upon a time, Boy’s Market, which had been located on the Crenshaw and Rodeo for decades, was originally planned to close May 24. The Crenshaw corridor continues to play a game of musical chairs with grocery stores with some rumors evaporating while others came to pass.
The longtime-standing, community grocery store has been a convenient location for many residents in the area for years. Rumors of the stores demise surfaced last year and it was alleged that demolition would start in early 2013. Months would pass until being glaringly confirmed on a banner that Ralphs would say goodbye to Crenshaw at the end of May.
The departure of the Ralphs means a 25 percent off sale, which has been bringing customers, far and near, by the groves. Inside the grocery market, empty aisles and stands frequently greet many as most products are gone by noon. Mixed feelings over the store’s departure fill the parking lot. Some will miss the store as it was close to home and had been fixture in the community for years.
“I’m kind of disappointed it’s not coming back,” said local shopper, Clarence Williams. “The other [Ralphs] is probably about a mile down the road. I live right here in Leimert Park, so it’s really convenient for me.
“It’s not a real issue but it’s harder. Sometimes, when I’m out walking, I can just walk to this one [Ralphs on Crenshaw].”
“I don’t want Ralphs [on Crenshaw] to close,” said Irma. “I’ve enjoyed having it in the neighborhood for many years and I really hate to see them go.”
All is not lost, as the Ralphs on Rodeo and LaBrea has been expanded and improved upon as the community’s new, go-to, Ralphs. Still under construction, the store now boasts larger aisles, a large produce section and more variety in goods and services.
Many welcome the new changes and a new, improved Ralphs in the neighborhood. Some shoppers had grown weary of the Ralphs on Crenshaw not being up to standard and offering poor choices in produce.
“I will miss it [Ralphs on Crenshaw] but not really,” said shopper, Cherell Chappell. “They didn’t have the quality of food,” though despite not meeting her expectations, she said the Crenshaw Ralphs was “convenient.”
As the grocery stores comings-and-goings continue, news about Trader Joe’s seems to have gone quiet. Last year, a local official in Council District 10 had confirmed last year that the specialty store is eyeing the Crenshaw District. Target has been long rumored as the franchise that will soon call Crenshaw home and replace Ralphs.
Fresh & Easy was another store aimed to take residence on Crenshaw and Jefferson. After Tesco, the British supermarket giant, pulled its chains from the U.S., many stores closed. The Crenshaw Fresh & Easy fell victim to the pull out has become a Union Bank.
Whether the newly revamped Ralphs on Rodeo and LaBrea can meet the challenge of multiple communities has yet to be seen. Most though will share in a fond farewell to a store most grew up with as it’s torn down in the coming months.
Ralphs on Rodeo and LaBrea will be welcoming new and existing customers as it doubles its size with better produce, food and choices.
Photos by Brian W. Carter