After holding a close out sale, the owners of Figueroa Produce in Highland Park officially closed the doors of the small, independent grocery store this week. Today, the store was closed and will not reopen. The owners opened Figueroa Produce in the shopping center at York Boulevard and Figueroa Street about five years just as the economy began to falter. The space was put up for lease earlier this year as the store struggled to attract shoppers and the owners tried to negotiate a lower rent.
“He placed the space on the market behind our backs,” said co-owner Ruben Perez of the landlord. “Collectively, we all decided to shut down and move on.”
Perez, whose son operates Organix market in Eagle Rock, said he plans to take a break from the business before trying to open another store nearby under a new name.
“I am trending towards ‘York Produce’ should a recent space and negotiations on York come together,” he said in an email.”It will still be a while before we re open. We will take a slight break, rejuvenate and start all over.”
- Figueroa Produce closes its doors. Patch