What Should Replace Fresh & Easy if it Closes?

The grocery chain is up for sale, but if there are no buyers, the “neighborhood market” on Eagle Rock Boulevard could shut down.

The news earlier this month that Fresh & Easy, the British-owned grocery store chain, will soon be closed or sold came as a disappointment to many. After all, the “neighborhood market,” as the grocery chain branded itself, had become something of a local favorite in the few years of its existence, not least because it helped raise funds for schools through its popular "Shop for Schools" program.

According to a spokesperson at the grocery chain’s El Segundo headquarters, Fresh & Easy is currently up for sale, so there’s still a chance that its stores in California, Nevada and Arizona will survive. If the chain shuts down, however, what Fresh & Easy fans might see as a calamity may well be an opportunity for other businesses.

Jill Hammer, owner of the Eagle Rock boutique MediaNoche, would like to see a Whole Food’s store supplant the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market on Eagle Rock Boulevard. Or maybe a Ralph’s store, says Hammer, given that there aren’t Ralph’s stores in Eagle Rock.

Patch asks: If the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market on Eagle Rock Boulevard closes, what store or business would you like to see replace it?

Tell us in the Comments section below.

KATHY BROWNING December 31, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Whole Foods or Henrys
henk friezer January 01, 2013 at 06:46 AM
According to an inside source, the ER store is the best performing and most lucrative store in their chain. I can't imagine that they would close a store that performs so well.
Tracy King January 01, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I wouldn't want to see Fresh n Easy go, but if it happens I would love a Sprouts in its place.
Linda and Bennie Padilla January 01, 2013 at 04:30 PM
I would love to see a "Sprouts" there. As good as Whole Foods and a little less expensive, Lots of organics.
Kathy January 01, 2013 at 05:54 PM
Another Trader Joe's would be perfect for me. The Colorado Blvd store is always jammed so I go all the way to Montrose, or to Glendale, but the parking there is jammed between 11:30 and 2:30. Whole Foods is another great alternative.
Suzanne January 01, 2013 at 07:32 PM
Kathy - the parking at F&E is far too good for TJ's to consider. :)
Ivan J. Quiles January 01, 2013 at 07:37 PM
It would be nice to put in another great market but isn't that property destined for demo if the 710 gets passed
Dspencer January 01, 2013 at 10:44 PM
The United Food Workers Union has fought really hard to kill Fresh and Easy, so maybe we'll get the grocery store they want us to have like a Food 4 Less.
Alex K. January 02, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Trader joes, but it seems they have a problem understanding that folks in less affluent areas buy their food just as much as folks in South Pasadena do. Come on Trader Joes, get a clue! A Whole Foods would be amazing, but they are far too close minded to understand how well they would do in our area.
Alice M. January 02, 2013 at 08:53 PM
The last Ralphs store in the area - down on San Fernando where "Super King" is now - did very poorly and closed several years ago. It's unlikely they'll come in here again any time soon.
francisco January 02, 2013 at 09:53 PM
Trader Joes would be a great replacement if Fresh and Easy gets shut down. TJ's has better prices than whole foods and their produce is almost always fresh.
Robin Amussen January 02, 2013 at 10:36 PM
I love Fresh and Easy-but if they go I also agree a Sprouts would also be great.
TWF January 03, 2013 at 01:29 AM
Both Fresh and Easy's in Burbank are always bustling, so I can't understand why it would be sold. Not enough profit? That, to me, smacks of corporations gone wrong. Stick with it over the long haul. Grocery stores are more than just stores, they become part of the community and meet community needs. I'm thoroughly disappointed, as I really do like the Fresh and Easy model and the focus on more healthy food.
TOM PEASEMAN January 03, 2013 at 05:22 AM
I agree that SPROUTS would be the best option. They have a great selection and straddle the Trader Joe's / Whole Foods gap. Whole Foods is way too expensive and politically questionable and Trader Joes' selection is too limited -- for this large space or to be interesting to me. But it's my understanding that Tesco actually plans to sell Fresh & Easy, and Walmart has shown interest.
Violet January 03, 2013 at 03:33 PM
Prior to Fresh and Easy ever moving in, I contacted Whole Foods and, in summary, socio-economically the area doesn't support Whole Foods business model. I think this Fresh and Easy is profitable and one of their best stores.
Justin January 03, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Whole Foods and Sprouts = Republican, anti-labor, pro-Top 1% Fresh and Easy = No more labor friendly than Wal-Mart With Wal-Mart grocery coming to Echo Park/Chinatown and establishing a beach head, don't be surprised if the whole F&E chain sells to Wal-Mart.
Cheagle Rock January 04, 2013 at 05:26 PM
As an employee of Trader Joe's, let me just say, Trader Joe's would never put a store at this location. I shouldn't say never, but there are two huge components at play here. First, the location. Although it's a great residential area, Trader Joe's is not a market leader. They look at other businesses in the area and determine if the area would be viable to them. Since fresh and easy, the fish market and others have gone under lately, it would take a huge overhaul in that area to have TJ's move in. Just look at how long after the Hollywood facelift it took for the TJs on Hollywood and Vine to open. The second reason is how it may affect the other stores. Putting a new store in that location would directly affect both the Eagle Rock and Silver Lake locations. Both stores do HUGE numbers and the company would like to keep it that way. So although it would be nice for everyone, it's just not going to happen. I think it's more likely to see a Ralph's/Vons/Albertsons in that location.
Elaine Fry January 05, 2013 at 07:39 PM
We love F & E and it in no way compares to Trader Joes and Whole Foods which are more expensive from our experience believe it or not. For the smart shopper who likes organic and quality( use of coupons online and rewards and discounted products) we can eat really well and with at big savings. That savings and quality is what we got hooked on and once that became a habit then we added in many of our staples. As far a the check out being a turn off...get with the twenty first century people! We would hate to see F&E leave us to the big box stores and huge mega chains grocers. Figure it out Fresh and Easy ... we want you to stay and are willing to vote with our business.
Nun ya bizz January 06, 2013 at 06:19 AM
You guys may love F&E but there is a reason why their closing. The way they treat there employees is unreal no respect. They say that is a great place to work but its really not. It's like being back in high school I mean the mangers as well.. That's what happen they put the wrong people as manger
Scott January 10, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Sprouts sounds like a great idea since there isn't one in the Eagle Rock area currently.
larry weissman January 31, 2013 at 07:01 PM
Walmart has also started operating supermarkets, that may be a good fit: http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/22/business/la-fi-mo-walmart-altadena-20120621
Fresh&easy Fan 4 Life February 09, 2013 at 04:09 AM
I live next door to the el segundo flagship F&E store which is also next to Whole Foods and TJs. I now shore F&E exclusively bc I have fallen in love with their quality, prices , unqiue products and freshness. Their is no comparison. Please vote with your dollars and shop F&E only!!! Show love to our fave neighborhood market. Save F&E!!!!
Joseph February 16, 2013 at 10:51 PM
In regards to how they treat they're employees is dead on!!!! I'm a manager with the company. And I just got transfered from the eagle rock store. Day in and day out me and my crew would work between 24-30 pallets a day. If we would go over 10-15 mins past are shift, we wouldn't get any praise for the hardwork day in and day out. I did this with 4-5 co workers. The only time we would get praise is when we finish on time with less pallets of course. I'm making only $13 as a mgr. I'm stating this cause I once worked for trader joes. And believe me, so much better in how they treat they're workers. I was not a mgr with them. And I made it to $17 an hr in 4 yrs. F&e does not give you raises after 3 yrs. They want you to. Become a mgr so you can move up with the company. But the way they treat us mgr's in how they operate, this is why moral is so down with us workers!!! I've noticed since day one with the company. I still praise tj's to the customers and my co workers. And I wont stop. Haven't you customers noticed the difference between f&e employees & tj's employees? Major difference in how they treat us!!!
Roberto Leon September 23, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Sprouts is known for mistreatement of employees aswell so I would rather see a diffrent grocery store....


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