The Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet became the most recent shop to close at a Silver Lake shopping center as rumors spread about the redevelopment of the Glendale Boulevard strip mall. The manager of the Ralphs market in the center told Curbed L.A. that a store remodel and expansion could begin in July but was still awaiting confirmation. The Eastsider reported in January that several other tenants – including a Baskin Robbins and Straw Hat Pizza – have moved out and others have been told their leases will not be renewed when their leases expire this year. Ralphs spokespersons Terry O’Neil and Kendra Doyel have not responded to requests for more information about the grocery store.
The KFC closed its doors for good on Sunday, said Tony Cornejo, who owns Tony’s Barbershop next door. Cornejo, who has worked out of the Silver Lake shopping center for more than 30 years, said his own lease expires in September. As a result, he will move his business to Cypress Park, where he has purchased a barbershop on Figueroa Street.