El Sereno wants more from Food-4-Less remodel

The November issue of The Voice newspaper reports that many El Sereno residents were let down by a plan to renovate the box-like Food-4-Less market in the 4900 block of  Huntington Drive. Company officials presented their plans during a community meeting in late October for an approximately $5 million project that would bring a  new deli, butcher services and other improvements to the store interior.  But what about the outside? Some residents were disappointed that the project, which would be financed with the help of city agencies, did not call for creating an entrance and more welcoming facade facing Huntington Drive, which has been the object of city efforts to revitalize El Sereno’s main commercial strip. The Voice writes:

“The original store, prior to the Food-4-Less conversion, once had an opening along Huntington Drive. After the conversion, the existing Food-4-Less building turns its back to the heart of the neighborhood … This design threatens public safety as vagrant elements use the store’s poor lighting and lack of security to conduct quality of life crimes with an easy get away … The lack of a visible front entry on Huntington Drive limits pedestrian activity that could potentially support more customers from El Sereno and other communities, as well as other retail activities along the corridor.”

Company officials, who said their plans had been presented to the office of Councilman Jose Huizar months ago without complaint, at first said creating a more inviting facade “may not be feasible.” However, officials backed off that statement  and said they might have time consider alternatives.


  1. I really hope they change that unwelcoming facade. BOYCOTT FOOD FOR LESS.

  2. If food for Less is going to use CRA money, then the CRA, and the City of Los Angeles can use Eminent Domain to buy any property ajoining Food For Less to build a nice market Supermarket like the one in Highland park. Then they can have a pharmacy, deli, barkery.
    I dont shop in that rat hole, and they dont deserve taxpayer’e funds,
    if they are not willing to give the community a decent, clean, modern

  3. I was living in El sereno, when market basket they had the entrance on Huntington Drive and let me tell you there was always police presents . the market even tried to close the front doors early and even them the men would hang around the doors and would drink I personalty don’t think we need more problems. El sereno has come a long way lets work on making the the streets much saver we need not to be afraid of walking in the evening and looking at our backs need more police
    presents, even bike policing.

  4. I went to the Food for Less last week and was hit up for money while getting out of my car, then on my way back to my car a fellow tried to sell me bed pillows. Not to mention, I left the store empty handed because they didn’t carry real coffee, just canned coffee. The selection of food there is shameful. Just a few miles away in S. Pas and Alhambra are respectable food stores. The people of El Sereno deserve decent food and a safe place to shop. It’s shameful.

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