The days before Thanksgiving usually finds most grocery stores jammed with everything from boxes of stuffing mix to frozen turkeys. But the scene is quite different at Echo Park’s Save-A-Lot market, where one-week before the holiday the dairy and other refrigerated sections are nearly empty and many other shelves are only partially stocked. It’s been this way for more than a week at the store located on Sunset Boulevard near Logan Street. The depleted inventory has prompted concern and speculation among workers and shoppers that the store, which opened in 2008, might be closing. But one worker said the sparsely stocked shelves are the result of a dispute between the national Save-A-Lot chain and the franchisee that operates the Echo Park store.
Save-A-Lot spokesman Chon Tomlin did not say whether there was a dispute but did say there is no indication that the store will close. “We have not received any notification from our retailer that this location is closing and we will continue to work with the operator to address operational concerns.”
The Echo Park Save-A-Lot opened in part of the building that was once home to Pioneer Market, which closed in 2004 after more than 60 years in business.