You could be forgiven for not noticing anything different on the corner of Lincoln and Ocean Park in Santa Monica, but there has recently been a big change. As longtime LA resident grocery store chain Albertsons quietly slips off the scene, new arrivals are quickly filling in the gaps. After a closure of only two days, Haggen Food & Pharmacy opened a little over a week ago at 2627 Lincoln Boulevard, thereby unceremoniously taking out Santa Monica’s last Albertsons (the other location on Wilshire is now Bristol Farms). Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has remained fairly local to the Pacific Northwest. But toward the end of 2014, the retail grocery chain purchased 146 West Coast branches of Albertsons and Safeway Inc.(Vons), so I think we can expect to see a great deal more Haggen outposts in the near future. Explore more about your new neighborhood grocery store here.
I haven’t heard this much buzz about a supermarket in a long time… It seems Santa Monicans are really excited about the opening of the brand-spankin’ new Bristol Farms that officially opens Wednesday, August 21st at 9:00am. I’ve heard neighbors talking about it, co-workers, even people in check-out lines of other supermarkets talking about the new high-end grocery that remodeled the old Albertson’s space at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. (corner of Berkeley). Most are hoping for a viable alternative to Whole Foods, which has long held Santa Monica captive. Read more at: bristolfarms.com.
You may have noticed that the plebian Albertsons grocery store at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica had closed and construction had begun on a new project at the site. Turns out, the market will soon be a brand spankin’ new branch of upscale grocer Bristol Farms, providing further evidence of the rapid gentrification of the formerly sleepy seaside town.