SILVER LAKE — It was only a few weeks ago that Ralphs employees were telling customers that their Glendale Boulevard supermarket was going to remain open. Now, it’s a different story. Employees and managers of the Silver Lake store have been told that their supermarket will be closing as Whole Foods says it’s moving into the same space. “That location will be closing on or around March 15th,” said Ralphs spokeswoman Kendra Doyel.
It’s not clear, however, how long Silver Lake will be without a major supermarket chain. Whole Foods, which is holding a ceremony today for a new Downtown store, has said it is still going forward with plans to open in Silver Lake but has repeatedly pushed back a tentative opening date.
Building permits have been pulled to remodel the Ralphs shopping center, where many spaces have been vacated as the landlord did not renew leases that expired. But it’s not certain when that will work will begin or if the Ralphs will remain open during that renovation.
Where will Silver Lake Ralphs customers go if their store closes and the Whole Foods has not yet opened? The Silver Lake store manager said that there are several Ralphs in nearby Glendale and that the Downtown Ralphs was recently renovated. Other nearby options include a Trader Joe’s in Silver Lake, a Gelson’s in Los Feliz and a Vons in Echo Park.
The manager said that employees were told they would be found jobs at other Ralphs locations. Meantime, they plan to keep working the Silver Lake store until it shuts down for good. “It’s still our baby,” he said.
Update: A company spokeswoman confirmed that the store will be closing around March 15.