Lassen’s, a small, upscale chain of grocery stores specializing in organic foods and vitamins, is expanding into Echo Park, taking over the vacant space that was to become a Fresh & Easy.
The Echo Park store, which will have a deli, salad bar and other amenities, is expected to open early next year, said Peter Lassen, whose 10-store chain opened a small Los Feliz store on Hillhurst Avenue in 2011. Lassen, who was inside his future Echo Park store today, said more details about the outlet at Sunset Boulevard and Logan Street will be coming soon.
Lassen’s will occupy a space that has been vacant for more than two years after the discount grocery store Save A Lot closed suddenly in early 2011. Plans to open a Fresh & Easy grocery in the same space collapsed when the chain’s British owners announced they were pulling out of the U.S. Lassen said his firm recently finalized the lease to secure the space.
The opening of Lassen’s in the former Nature Mart in Los Feliz was met with picketing and a boycott to protest donations made by the Lassen family in support of Prop. 8.
Lassen’s would operate out of the same building that was once home to Pioneer Market, which closed in 2004 after more than 60 years in business.