Pioneer Market Carpet

A Grocery Warehouse in Echo Park is not only stocked with Asian groceries but also a reminder of Echo Park’s past in the form of a carpet from the Pioneer Market, which closed in 2004 after 60 years in business. Robin Blackman snapped the photo of the Pioneer Market carpet on a recent visit to the Sunset Boulevard Asian market.


  1. A nice reminder of the store’s history. I remember the Pioneer Market on Vermont and Hollywood; it became a Jon’s Market and that Jon’s was my introduction to ‘Armenian/Russian/etc) markets and I came to love their selections and informed and entertained by the customers from eastern Europe and their shopping manners…(or lack thereof).
    I’ll have to check out this store (Echo Park) and their Asian foods. I love how some markets stay food markets but provide for different ethnicities and inform their old clients about new foods.

    • I shop at A Grocery Warehouse all the time. They are great for fresh fish (google – how to select fresh fish before you go). They are awsome for hard-to-find asian vegetables, spices and things like curries or sauces. They also have a huge selection of Japanese inspired dishware (for serving sushi etc) and Tea. It’s a pretty rad place I’m glad I found.

      Don’t go expecting Whole Foods. You have to know what you are looking for and how to select it.

    • Regarding the Eastern European shoppers…some truth but there’ve been times when I’ve been looking especially clueless in the produce section at Jons & gotten unsolicited advice on how to pick & cook the veggies from the grannies. Doesn’t happen elsewhere.

  2. Well spotted bit of history there Robin, thanks for snapping and bringing back Pioneer memories.

  3. Yuk! I loved Pioneer but it did smell

  4. I still have some Pioneer plastic shopping bags, but I wish I’d held onto a bottle of Pioneer Vodka.

  5. That looks disgusting, because I thought from the photo that it was hanging on the wall.

  6. Thanks for the pic!
    Pioneer was my childhood market. I remember the ’70’s with my mom, best friend MaryAnn, and three of us kids loading into our ’59 VW ragtop, rolling down the Avenue, and buying the produce that was ‘seconds’. This was less expensive, not as prettyfied produce. I remember loosing and finding my mom in the store, I remember being the only huera, I remember bringing our next door neighbor Tila with us, I remember the large bins of potatoes standing in the center of the aisles, a, I remember the old building standing right at the intersection with the neon sign of the car driving (note: the sign is now part of MONA’s collection (http://www.neonmona.org/) . I remember the period when the new building was designed and built to sit back from the intersection, with parking in front.

  7. Going to Pioneer was the best growing up. One of the first places to have Street Fighter 2. And TMNT haha

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