ECHO PARK — It’s been nearly a year since Lassen’s, an upscale grocery store chain specializing in organic foods and vitamins, announced it was an opening a store inside the vacant Save A Lot space. A recent visit reveals that the interior has been remodeled, with Save A Lot’s bright decor giving way to a Starbucks-like palate of earth tones and black shelving. Despite the extensive remodeling, the small chain, which has a store in Los Feliz, has not said when the new Echo Park store will be ready for business. The Eastsider has attempted to get a date but the chain has not responded to requests for information.
While the store is popular among fans of organic and natural foods, the opening of Lassen’s in the former Nature Mart in Los Feliz was met with picketing and a boycott to protest donations made by the Lassen family in support of Prop. 8.
Lassen’s will occupy a space that has been vacant for more than two years after the discount grocery store Save A Lot closed suddenly in early 2011. Plans to open a Fresh & Easy grocery in the same space collapsed when the chain’s British owners announced they were pulling out of the U.S. Lassen said his firm recently finalized the lease to secure the space.
Lassen’s would operate out of the same building that was once home to Pioneer Market, which closed in 2004 after more than 60 years in business.