Market makeover awaits Silver Lake area grocery store shoppers

Gelson's Market being remodeled 5-18-2016 1-11-23 PM

Storefront ReportLOS FELIZ –  Much attention has been focused on the new 365 by Whole Foods Market that is scheduled to open Wednesday on Glendale Boulevard in Silver Lake.  But that’s not the only big change when it comes to grocery stores that serve Silver Lake and neighboring Los Feliz.  Nearby on Hyperion Avenue, the Gelson’s Market is in the middle of a major renovation that will bring a wine and craft beer bar and a Wolfgang Puck Kitchen to the store.

The makeover for the 28,000-square-foot market on the border of Los Feliz and Silver Lake comes 13 years after a previous renovation converted the store from a Mayfair to a Gelson’s. The company would not say whether the current renovation was prompted by the new 365 store, which will occupy a former Ralphs market. But the changes come as more markets add in-store restaurants, prepared foods and high-technology to make shopping easier and faster.

A spokeswoman for Gelson’s, which operates more than 20 stores across Southern California, described some of the changes coming to its store in Los Feliz:

  • The bakery will be moved to the left side of the store to make way for a new Wolfgang Puck Kitchen, which will serve freshly prepared salads, pizzas, and sandwiches as well as breakfast.
  • The newly created bakery area will feature an enhanced coffee service
  • The wine and craft beer bar will also feature a tapas/small plates menu
  • New produce bins and a new refrigerated racks are designed to make it easier to shop

The renovation is expected to be completed in July.

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  1. A BAR serving alcohol inside the grocery store?! Who thought this was a good idea?

  2. I imagine most of the local grocery stores are extremely worried about their continued viability following the smash success that the Sprouts in Eagle Rock is having.

    The Eagle Rock Sprouts is AMAZING by the way, to anyone who hasn’t made it there yet.

    Good luck Gelson’s. You suddenly have some new competition. At least Gelson’s is smart enough to go upscale unlike Whole Foods who made what I believe will prove to be a terrible decision to go cheap and downmarket in a neighborhood of upscale and discriminating people.

    • Why te hell does everything have to be “upscale” move back to the Westside where upscale is the only scale and everything looks the same ! Please.go. NOW!

  3. They should bring back an animation studio onsite. I hear those guys appreciated a bar.

  4. @ Scwabs, everyone in my circle only wants the best for their family and we WILLINGLY pay what it takes to provide the best. For us it is an honor, a duty, and a pleasure to provide natural, organic, non gmo, real foods not processed foods for our children, our partners, and ourselves.

    I suspect the ONLY way 365 is able to sell at discount prices is to sell food that is none of what I described above.

    • Ummm, Sprouts has a ridiculously small selection of organic vegetables. They are not of a very high quality either.
      Have you really shopped there?

  5. fallopia simms

    Please get rid of that ugly gigantic surface parking lot.

  6. I identify as a potato!

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