Representatives from Faircrest Heights, PicFair Village, Carthay Square, South Carthay, Pico Del Mar and Council Office representatives, Liz Carlin and Jordan Beroukhim, met with Vons Market executives as a follow up to previous discussions about the renovation of the Pico and Fairfax store. As we mentioned last month, Vons is planning a $1 million interior remodel plus $300K to $500K in exterior improvements, including a vertical garden on the side of the facility landscaping, berms, etc.
Vons representatives brought artist renderings of the facade and landscape improvements and photographs of the proposed food departments. They include:
- A full service meat and seafood counter, with service from 8 am to 8 pm. The seafood will be supplied by the Santa Monica Seafood Market.
- A fresh-made kitchen to prepare fresh fruits and vegetables for “grab and go” convenience and cooked meals that are prepared on site in the new extended deli section and sandwich bar.
- Improved selections of Kosher, organic and low sodium foods, as well as ethnic and cultural foods.
- Floral selections designed on site upon request.
- A full-service bakery with all items made on-site.
Improved circulation within the store will be improved, including new check-out lanes to facilitate faster service.
They plan a number of improvements to the parking lot for security. We requested that they include the traffic island at Fairfax and Pico in their overall improvements. They indicated that they would work with the City to do so.
Neighborhood representatives had previously expressed displeasure with Vons’ quality and service and pointed out that the market does not meet the needs of the diverse communities it serves.
Vons executives plan to apply for rezoning of the property to mixed use designation in the future. This would substantially increase the property’s value and make the replacement of the existing store and development of a new 48,000+ square foot store more economically feasible. This would be done in partnership with an experienced mixed-use developer.
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