A year ago the residents of Hermon went searching for a market to fill an empty, 24,000-square foot building in a neighborhood shopping center. Inspired by personals ads, residents put together this sales pitch: “Single, hungry community seeking a fresh start with new, financially stable market chain willing to be the center of our life.” A tenant did step forward to lease the space but – as is often the case with those who take out personal ads – many Hermon residents have been left disappointed.
A couple, contractor Jon Murga and architect Helena Jubany, plan to open their very first grocery – Fresco Community Market – in Monterey Plaza, according to a story in the community blog HermonLA. That announcement proved a let down for the many residents in Hermon and Monterey Hills who had expected Fresh & Easy to open in the former Double Saver market space. A person named G. Marquez said in a comment:
would only utilize half the existing size. These stores are more in line with the changing demographics: Smaller and more efficient consumption versus wasted space and wasted resources. The year is 2010, not 1955. I suspect the new ‘Fresco…’ supermarket will end up like the previous ones, in financial ruin. Best of luck to the new tenants.”
The new market owners are scheduled to present their plans in July before the ASNC Hermon Local Issues Committee, said chair Joseph Riser.