Workers at the Fresh & Easy market in Glassell Park today learned that their food store will remain open after Southern California billionaire Ron Burkle would be taking over the money-losing grocery store chain.
Burkle’s company will take ownership of about 150 Fresh & Easy stores from Tesco, a large British retailer. But up to 50 Fresh & Easy stores not included in the deal are scheduled to be closed, according to news reports.
Some of the workers at the Glassell Park store, which was among the first Fresh & Easy outlets to open in 2007, expressed relief that the Eagle Rock Boulevard store had avoided the chopping block. A manager confirmed that the store would stay open but offered no other details.
It’s still not uncertain if Burkle will maintain the Fresh & Easy name and format, which features prepared meals and self-service check out, or launch major changes. There has been speculation that Burkle was interested in purchasing Fresh & Easy stores and operate them under the Wild Oats name.