SILVER LAKE — It’s been more than 1-1/2 years since Whole Foods announced it was going to open up a Silver Lake store in what is now a Ralphs market on Glendale Boulevard. But so far there have been no signs that Ralphs is closing to make way for the upscale Whole Foods. In fact, some Ralphs employees have been telling customers in recent weeks that the store is not closing and that Whole Foods has abandoned plans to open up a Silver Lake outlet, according to several Eastsider readers. One Ralphs manager, who did not want to be identified, told The Eastsider that he and other employees had been told that their store was being remodeled and would stay in business. Whole Foods, however, says it remains committed to opening in Silver Lake.
Andi Dowda, a regional marketing coordinator for Whole Foods, said the national grocery store chain is focused on opening a new store in Playa Vista before turning its attention to Silver Lake. The Whole Foods website said the Silver Lake store is scheduled to open this year. Online city records show that permits have been applied for to remodel the entire facade of the shopping center, restripe the parking lot and expand what is now the Ralphs market into adjacent tenant spaces.
“We are still a go and excited to be coming to Silver Lake,” Dowda said.