HIGHLAND PARK — The Superior Grocers store in Highland Park now welcomes customers with a Craftsman-inspired facade after the building’s former Mid-Century design was demolished over the objections of preservationists.
The new exterior of the 34,000-square-foot building features faux stones, wood columns, rafters and a pointed roof. The only part of the building’s original Googie-style architecture to survive are some patterned, concrete-block walls partially hidden by signs.
The office of First District Councilman Gil Cedillo, who angered preservationists when he blocked the building’s historic landmark nomination, invited residents to visit the remodeled store. “This remodel is helping us make the First District #1!,” the council office said in an email.
Superior Grocers is not the first faux-Craftsman to pop up on Figueroa. There’s already a Craftsman-style Food 4 Less and Jack-in-the-Box.
While Highland Park preservationists failed to save the Superior Grocer’s Mid-Century style, they successfully organized an effort to save the swooping facade of a former Safeway market in 2009.