One of the largest projects under construction right now in Downtown LA is the massive quarter-mile long One Santa Fe mixed-use project in the burgeoning Arts District, designed by Michael Maltzan. When completed late next year, One Santa Fe will add 438 apartments for rent and 79,000 square feet of commercial space (office, retail, and a 99-seat community theater). As to be expected with a growing residential population, grocery stores are all the rage in Downtown LA, so the developer of One Santa Fe was smart to allocate 15,000 square feet for just that purpose. But what kind of grocery store will it be?
Several independent sources have informed me that Erewhon Market — the health-conscious organic market on Beverly Blvd by The Grove — is in negotiations to lease the 15,000 square foot space (the red arrow in the rendering points to where the market will be at One Santa Fe).
Some readers may remember that back in Feb 2012, the new owner of Erewhon Market, Tony Antoci, who purchased the market in 2011, was looking to open in Silver Lake at the “Natural Minds Beauty Salon” space at 3607 W Sunset Blvd, but lost out to Yummy.com market, which is now open. Even so, Antoci did express that the 6,500 square foot space was a lot smaller than the ideal “13,000 square foot” size he’d prefer. So it makes perfect sense that Antoci would be interested in the One Santa Fe space given the larger size and ideal demographics of the neighborhood who are likely to shop for organic groceries.
If Erewhon Market does end up opening at One Santa Fe, I wouldn’t be surprised if the market includes a cafe and tonic bar, which Antoci had planned to do at the Silver Lake location. Of course, nothing is set in stone until the lease is signed, so time will tell.