By NATHAN SOLIS
LINCOLN HEIGHTS — It has been three years since Bi-Rite Market at the corner of North Broadway and Griffin Avenue shut down. The parking lot has remained vacant and fenced off while the the market’s red paint has faded into a shade pink and a broken neon sign hangs over the entrance. What’s going to happen with this property? The owner of Big Saver Foods probably has the answer.
The Bi-Rite building and parking lot sold last July for $3.525 million, according to the L.A. County Assessor. The purchase was made by the Hospitality Group LLC, whose chief officer is Uka Solanki, the owner of the Big Saver Foods, a small chain of markets that recently expanded its store in El Sereno.
Mario Marrufo, a real estate agent and member of the Lincoln Heights Neighborhood Council, said he brokered the deal. He said the parking lot and building were owned by two separate land owners, and Bi-Rite paid rent on both spaces. The market, which comes in at 8,170 square-feet, also includes three separate lots, bringing up the total square footage to 16,272.
The Eastsider contacted Big Saver Foods for information but received no response.
Nathan Solis is a Highland Park resident who writes about and photographs the L.A. music scene. You can find more of Solis’ stories, reviews and photos at Avenue Meander.
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