EAGLE ROCK — After about 25 years in Eagle Rock, Super A Foods market is closing and will be replaced by the fast-growing Sprouts Farmers Market chain, according a store manager and building permit records.
“We lost our lease and eventually will be closing,” said a Super A Foods manager. He estimated that the store, located in a shopping center at Eagle Rock Boulevard and Yosemite Drive, might shut down around September but did not have a firm date. He also was not aware of when the Sprouts store would open.
The Arizona-based Sprouts chain has grown to more than 200 stores nationwide as it positions itself as an affordable alternative to Whole Foods and other markets focused on natural and organic foods. The Eastsider has contacted Sprouts for details.
Sprouts would occupy a 25,000-square-foot space next to the CVS store in the shopping center, according to a real estate brokerage representing the property. Pending building permits refer to “tenant improvements of new Sprouts Farmers Market” and other changes to the shopping center, where several , smaller storefronts are also available for lease.
The departure of Super A and the arrival of Sprouts has met with with mixed responses from residents, according to writer Melanie Gonzales, who wrote about the gentrification of Eagle Rock for Zocalo. Gonzales, who grew up in the neighborhood, said:
A sharp exchange recently erupted on the Eagle Rock Neighborhood Facebook page when a woman posted that she was excited about the apparently pending departure of the “ghetto” Super A market in favor of a natural “farmer’s market” chain. Those kinds of comments get people like me—who have been in the neighborhood for a long time—riled up. With wood paneling and black-and-white photos of old Eagle Rock on the walls, the Super A market has a 1960s vibe that fits well with Eagle Rock’s kitsch. My family sometimes shops here for pan dulce, Mexican cheeses, carne asada, and chili peppers that aren’t available at the local Vons. It felt like this bohemian trendsetter was saying that her shiny life didn’t fit into what we yokels have built.
Update: A Sprouts spokesman said that the chain has signed a lease to move into the Super A space. However, it might be a while before the new Sprouts opens. No opening is planned for this year, and it won’t be until early 2016 before an opening date would be announced, he said.
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