SILVER LAKE — The parking lot next to the former Ralphs supermarket on Glendale Boulevard has been turned into an obstacle course, with construction barriers blocking off a large section of the lot as work begins on building Whole Food’s first 365 store.
The upscale grocery store chain surprised many Silver Lake residents in late July when it abruptly dropped plans to open a traditional Whole Foods in favor of 365 store, which the company has described as a “convenient, streamlined, value-oriented” concept. Though the change may mean lower prices, one Silver Lake woman has started an online position against the “budget” Whole Foods, reports LAist. Meanwhile, a full-fledged Whole Foods is scheduled to open Downtown in early November.
Whole Foods said the Silver Lake 365 store, named after the chain’s house brand, is scheduled to open in the second half of 2016. A Whole Foods spokeswoman declined to say whether the 365 store would contain a wine bar and restaurant that had been planned under the previous format:
The 365 team is still developing store features and we cannot share much detail just yet, but are excited about what the store will offer the Silver Lake community. This location will offer innovations and quality similar to what customers would find at a Whole Foods Market store, but they will be streamlined and presented in an updated, operationally efficient format, which takes into account the needs, desires and demographics of the area’s residents.
In addition to building the new 365 store in the former Ralphs space, the entire shopping center in the 2500 block of Glendale Boulevard is getting a new facade while the CVS and a few other stores remain open.
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