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Albertson's in Highland Park threatened
Posted: Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:39 pm
There is a rumor that the Albertsons in Highland Park, on Figueroa near Ave. 43 (formerly a Hughes market) is going to close and may become a Superior Warehouse Market. I think chances are high that the Superior chain will do a major remodel on the structure, which is from the 1960s and has very well preserved exterior with a great roofline. I will post a picture as soon as I can.
Posted: Mon Jan 23, 2006 5:16 pm
I just realized I made a mistake in the last post. The Albertsons was formerly a Lucky Market, not a Hughes. I have more information and a photo coming ASAP.
Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 5:09 pm
Here is some more information about the store:
â€¢ William R. Jalof purchased shopping center in April of 1960 but
passed away in the early 1980s. Property was since placed in the
Jalof Family Trust. Trustees include Mr. Jalofâ€™s widow, son, and
daughter. Family trust and property management is handled by
attorney located in Los Angeles.
â€¢ Original grocery store at this Highland Park site was Shopper's
Market, later to become Lucky's, and in the late 1990s,
â€¢ Albertson's Store Manager, Danny Wejbe has confirmed that store
#6353 will be closing down on 2/16/06
â€¢ Signs are posted on store entrances informing customers of last
day of business on 2/16/06
â€¢ Rumors have been floating around community suggesting that an
"independent" store will be moving in.
â€¢ Jalof Family Trust attorney has suggested that Albertson's has a
long-term lease and Albertson's will be subleasing the property to
Posted: Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:05 pm
Los Angeles Times
Albertsons to Be Sold, Divided Into 3
One of the buyers in the $11.1-billion deal plans to refurbish the chain's Southland markets.
By Jerry Hirsch, Times Staff Writer
Burdened with aging stores and growing competition, Albertsons Inc. said Monday that it had agreed to be sold and broken into three pieces.
The transaction could lead to a refurbishment of Albertsons supermarkets in Southern California and would make CVS Corp. the largest drugstore chain in the region.
Albertsons said an investor group that included grocery store chain Supervalu Inc., CVS and private investment firms Cerberus Capital Management and Kimco Realty Corp. would buy the Boise, Idaho-based food and drug retailer for $11.1 billion in cash and stock plus the assumption of $6.3 billion in debt.
Supervalu would acquire more than 1,100 stores, including the 270 Albertsons and Bristol Farms markets in Southern California. Both Supervalu and Cerberus, which would acquire the chain's stores in Northern California, plan to keep the Albertsons name.
Monday's announcement revives a deal that was scrapped last month, but none of the companies would say what changed. Analysts in December speculated that antitrust issues in the Chicago area were behind the sudden end to the talks.
Albertsons has been battered in recent years by intense competition from supermarket rivals and discount retailers such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc. The company in November said third-quarter profit fell 30% from a year earlier as it struggled with flat sales, aggressive competitors and disruptions from the hurricane season.
Along with Kroger Co.'s Ralphs and Safeway Inc.'s Vons and Pavilions stores, Albertsons also has been fighting to win back Southern and Central California customers lost in the 4 1/2 -month battle two years ago with its unionized workforce, which had protested proposed cuts in health benefits.
If approved by shareholders and antitrust regulators, the deal announced Monday would vault Supervalu to the No. 2 spot in the grocery store business after Kroger, giving it 2,656 stores in 48 states plus the District of Columbia. Its annual sales would more than double to $44 billion.
Eden Prairie, Minn.-based Supervalu, which operates 1,532 stores in 40 states, mostly under the Save-A-Lot name, declined to say whether it would close any stores or lay off any employees. It does plan to keep Albertsons' Southern California regional management in place, said Pamela Knous, Supervalu's chief financial officer.
And upgrade the stores.
"We intend to put a lot of capital into Southern California" as well as other regions where Albertsons operates, Knous said
That's good news to Bob Taylor, a Santa Monica architect. He said that investing to spruce up his Albertsons at Lincoln and Ocean Park boulevards would be a sign that the new owners cared about customers.
Albertsons doesn't "present this place the way they should," Taylor said. "They really need to enhance the environment."
Almost 80% of Supervalu's markets either are new or were remodeled in the last seven years, Knous said. "That's not how Albertsons has been maintained, and we know we can make some improvements."
Albertsons' lack of investment in its markets has hurt the chain, analysts say. According to Bear Stearns & Co. and research firm Trade Dimensions, Albertsons held a 16.8% market share in Southern California at the end of 2004, putting it third after Ralphs, which held an 18.1% share at the time, and Safeway-owned Vons and Pavilions stores, which had 17.4%.
"Better store conditions" as well as tailoring markets to the demographics of their communities would be two tactics Supervalu would use to gain market share in Southern California, Knous said.
Bristol Farms would maintain its upscale profile, she said. Some Albertsons locations might be converted into Sunflower organic supermarkets, which Supervalu recently launched to compete with smaller rivals such as Whole Foods and Wild Oats.
After learning of the sale, some shoppers voiced concern that prices would rise to pay for the transaction.
"The savings we can find here are great," said Patricia Ash, while shopping at the Albertsons on Lincoln Boulevard.
Ash probably doesn't need to be concerned, said Jack Brown, chief executive of Colton, Calif.-based Stater Bros. Holdings Inc., a 163-store regional grocer.
"I think things will actually get a little more competitive" because other chains may cut prices to capture Albertsons customers, Brown said. "Certainly we will be looking to gain whatever Albertsons shoppers we can."
Union officials welcomed the sale. "Supervalu has a reputation of being more worker-friendly than the previous Albertsons ownership," said Rick Icaza, president of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 770.
Investors also gave Supervalu an initial vote of confidence. Its shares rose $2.13 on Monday to $33.98. Albertsons shares climbed $1.31 to $25.42 while CVS dropped 17 cents to $26.96.
The transaction values Albertsons shares at $26.29, a 27% premium over what the stock was trading at on Sept. 1, the day before the company said it was considering a sale. Shareholders would receive $20.35 in cash and 0.182 share of Supervalu stock for each Albertsons share.
The deal also would trigger changes in Southern California's drugstore market.
CVS is buying Albertsons' 700 free-standing Sav-on and Osco stores, including about 350 in Southern California, and a distribution center in La Habra.
Until now, Wooksocket, R.I.-based CVS has been a minor participant in the region, owning just 19 stores in Los Angeles and Orange counties.
"We will go from just a toe in the water to the No. 1 player," said Dave Rickard, the company's chief financial officer.
It also would become a major employer, with about 14,000 employees in the region.
The stores would be converted to the CVS name and would quickly adopt promotions used by the 5,400-store chain elsewhere, Rickard said.
The Cerberus-led consortium would acquire 655 Albertsons stores with about $10 billion in annual revenue and several distribution centers, mostly in the markets such as Northern California that Supervalu judged to have less profit opportunity.
The group also agreed to purchase 26 Cub Stores from Supervalu in the Chicago area for an undisclosed amount.
Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 9:44 pm
The architect was Ronald M. Cleveland. Here is his bio.
Born: McCleary, WA June 28, 1911
Died: Irvine, CA May, 1987
(Partner Sterling Leach 1914-1998)
Educ: Univ. of WA, Seattle 1929-33, Art Center, Los Angeles 1933-37
Industrial Designer: KEM Weber 1937-38
Architectural Designer: Gordon Kaufman 1938-1941
Chief Designer: Basic Magnesium, Las Vegas 1941-44
Regional Dir. (West Coast) Raymond Loewy & Assoc. 1944-48
Designer?: Barondon Corp. 1948-1957
Architect: Leach, Cleveland and Assoc. 1957-
Montgomery Ward Santa Ana, Hardware Mutual Off. Bldg. Santa Barbara, State Office Building San Bernardino, Foothill-Rosemead Shopping Center Pasadena, Buena Park Shopping Center, Market Basket Supermarkets (1955-1961)
Posted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:46 am
Shopping Center Architect Ronald Cleveland; Master Builder of Model Ships
BURT A. FOLKART.Â Los Angeles Times Jun 6, 1987.Â pg.Â 31
Ronald Cleveland, an architect who built mammoth shopping centers but whose more lasting legacy may be the handful of meticulously detailed models of old barkentines and barges he constructed throughout his lifetime, has died.
The master model-ship builder died in Irvine where he and his wife moved from their Beverly Hills home after his retirement in 1985. He was 75 and had been battling cancer.
Cleveland, who died May 23, traced his fascination with ships to his boyhood on Washington's seacoast. After graduating from the University of Washington, he attended Art Center School in Los Angeles, was licensed as an architect and worked as a sketch artist in the film industry.
He worked for famed designer Raymond Loewy for four years and then, in 1947, formed his own architectural firm. Later, he and Sterling Leach became partners in Leach, Cleveland & Associates.
Supermarkets, Shopping Centers
Between them they planned and designed more than 100 supermarkets in and around Los Angeles, built the Pomona Valley Center and the Buena Park Shopping Center and six J. W. Robinson's stores.
Their other centers ranged from Honolulu to Salt Lake City.
As his architecture firm prospered, Cleveland began to make his lifelong romance with the world of wooden ships powered solely by square-rigged canvas sails bloom.
He converted a spare bathroom in his home into a library where 700 volumes devoted to ships and sailing were stored. Many had been published in the 1700s. He filled his garage with the exotic and rare woods needed for his miniature armada and the precision tools required to build the ships.
He traveled the world doing research and spent 15 years corresponding with an old salt who had once commanded a sister ship of the barkentine Kohala which Cleveland was replicating in his home.
When the old sailor, Capt. Fred Klebingat, then 94, saw the finished product in 1984, he allowed that "if I could shrink my body to one-inch size, I could walk up the gangway, go to the wheel house and sail her out to sea."
Kohala in San Francisco
The miniature Kohala never made it to sea but rests instead at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco after Cleveland declined a similar acceptance offer from the Smithsonian Institution in order to keep the miniature on the West Coast.
He spent weeks in London and then took four years to duplicate the spritsail barge Kathleen, a flat-bottomed sailing ship which once plied England's Thames River. That model, where miniature helms actually move tiny rudders and winches barely visible to the naked eye up and down, was donated to Great Britain's National Maritime Museum in Greenwich.
All his vessels were labors of love; he turned down many offers to sell them.
Cleveland, who spent countless thousands of dollars in travel and research and countless more hours actually planking dowels onto the frames of his tiny fleet as shipbuilding was done long ago, was never interested in changing the time concept of his avocation.
"For me, the big slab-sided buckets carrying oil (today) are no longer things of beauty," he said in a 1972 interview with The Times.
"What I've attempted to do is show the great influence ships have had upon the happenings of mankind beginning at 10,000 BC through the dawn of the 20th Century.
Cleveland is survived by his wife, Jo Dee, two sons, a daughter and two grandchildren who ask donations in his name to the American Cancer Society.
Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2006 6:01 pm
I guess what I didn't notice at first here was that we're now going to lose the venerable SAV-ON DRUGS in Southern California. It was hard enough losing Thrifty.
Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2006 4:25 pm
the next HPOZ meeting will be held Tues. 2/28 at 6:30pm, most likely at the Arroyo Seco Library.Â We could really use Modcom member support as Superior will be presenting their architectural plans.
Posted: Mon Feb 27, 2006 1:53 pm
Posted: Tue Feb 28, 2006 8:50 pm
I went to the Highland Park HPOZ meeting tonight, Feb. 28. Representatives from Superior Super Warehouse and their architect were present, and showed renderings and plans of what the intend to do with the store. The plans they showed called for maintaining the hexagonal shapes on the roof, and in fact they were planning to add three more to the left side and one more to the right side. The HPOZ board opposed this change. Also, they were planning to wall over (or at least, make opaque) much of the glass on the front of the store. This also met with opposition. They were instructed to come back to the next meeting with revised plans and material samples. The signage would be a neon "Superior" on a wireframe on the roof of the store, above the hexagon border (they showed a picture of the Highland Theatre and said it would be structured something like that.) Overall, things are looking good, but I think we need to watch them carefully. Paul Evleth, who gave the excellent presentation at the last Modcom meeting, was there and his photos of the store were a big help to the HPOZ board as they examined Superior's plans. We are planning to attend the next HPOZ meeting when Superior gives its next plans.
Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:10 am
Do you know when the next meeting is? Also any idea of Superiors schedule for opening the store?
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Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:13 pm
The supermarket formerly known as Albertsons in Mt.Washington/Montecito Heights opened today. I haven't been yet, but the 1960s facade looks to be intact.
BTW - I hear they have 7 avacados for $1!
Posted: Thu Dec 14, 2006 10:49 pm
Here's the 411 on the Albertsons market:
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Posted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 5:00 pm
After much lobbying and effort by local preservationists and neighborhood activists, SUPERIOR received permission and built a rooftop neon sign to echo the placement of the original LUCKY sign on the roof.
Posted: Tue Jul 24, 2007 4:46 am
Hey, not bad. Still looks good at night!
Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:54 am