GLASSELL PARK — Work is currently underway to transform a former Fresh & Easy market on Eagle Rock Boulevard into a “small-format” Target store, which is scheduled to open in October, according to a company spokeswoman.
Residents have spotted work crews and their trucks in the parking lot of the now vacant Fresh & Easy, which closed at the end of 2015.
“We will be making enhancements to the building to improve the façade and upgrade the parking lot with significant tree plantings and landscaping,” said Kristy Welker in an email. “We will also be applying for a liquor license to offer wine, beer & spirits within our grocery selection for a one-stop shopping experience.”
The 32,000-square-foot store is one of the smaller versions of a traditional Target the discount chain is rolling out across the country. About 20% of the store will be devoted to groceries and foods, including prepared meals, sandwiches and soups and salads. The store will also include a Starbucks Coffee and a CVS Pharmacy.
The store’s smaller size is designed for a “quick-trip shopping experience.” In some cases, shoppers may find fewer sizes of the same item to save shelf space.
At a meeting earlier this year, some Glassell Park residents said they would have preferred a full-service supermarket at the location and pointed out that Target operates stores in nearby Eagle Rock and Glendale.
By the end of 2017, Target will have nine small-format locations in the greater Los Angeles area.
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