As Downtown LA continues to create more housing bringing in thousands of new residents, it becomes increasingly important to support that growing residential population with a wide variety of amenities and services that make living in downtown convenient and dynamic. That’s why I’m very excited to learn that a new grocery store is looking to open on the southern fringe of the Historic Core in Downtown LA.
Several sources (who wish to remain anonymous) have informed me that Erewhon Market has signed a lease in the historic parking garage located at 9th and Hill. The LA-based specialty grocer will take up to 12,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor of the former May Company parking structure built in 1927, which was once parking for the former nearby May Company department store (aka Broadway Trade Center). You may also remember Austere—the trendy retail showroom that sold high-end Swedish merchandise—once occupied the corner space.
The historic parking structure lined with ornate cornices and relief columns currently has 400 spaces total within nine levels—four levels above and four levels underground. The store itself will have soaring 18-foot ceilings taking advantage of the incredible raw historic space.
In addition, Erewhon will be relocating its corporate office near The Grove into a warehouse space that will house a new 23,000 square foot commissary just south of the Arts District at 11th and Santa Fe Ave.
Erewhon was founded in 1966 in Boston, MA and became the first natural foods wholesale and distribution company in the United States. In 2011, local Angelenos Tony and Josephine Antoci purchased the company and expanded on its original vision. Today, Erewhon has become a well-known local specialty grocer that strives to provide “clean and pure foods” with no products in the store that contain ingredients like HFCS, refined sugar, and many other “unhealthy” additives.
Located near so many residential buildings—like Eastern Columbia, Level, and the new Broadway Palace Apartments—the new DTLA Erewhon will be another great amenity added to the urban mix and will help activate 9th and Hill with more pedestrian activity similar to what we’ve seen with the success of Whole Foods at 8th and Grand. Because of the nature of the historic structure, it may take up to two years before the grocery store opens for business.
For more info about Erewhon Market, check out their website.