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Ralphs Market Closing Postponed

The closing of Ralphs supermarket, and construction of a much bigger store was a major neighborhood controversy. Now the scheduled tear down and new construction has been moved forward again.

Customers of Ralphs Supermarket at Ventura Boulevard and Hazeltine Avenue are being told that the scheduled closure of the store has now been postponed until at least May.

"They said it won't shut down for at least another month or two," said a Ralphs shopper named Grace, who declined to give her last name.

The Los Angeles City Council approved Ralphs' plan to build a mega-market on the site 15 months ago, over the objections of the Sherman Oaks Homeowners Association, which opposed the market on grounds that it was too big and did not comply with the Specific Plan for the Ventura corridor which limits the size of structures.

Initially, Ralphs said it was going to close the market and begin construction in mid-2011, but the plan to break ground was postponed several times.

Ralphs management is not saying when the market will close. Managers at the store are saying that the store will probably close in May.

"But that's unofficial," a manager said from behind his enclosure.

The "Fresh Fare" market, which will be more than 70,000 square-feet in size, will include wide aisles, large produce and deli sections, and a full bakery.

"I guess I'll have to shop at Pavillions, when they close," said Grace, walking off to her home in the neighborhood across the street from the store.

"I've been walking to this market for years," she said. "Now I'll have to drive to do my shopping."

Rachel H. March 27, 2012 at 03:05 PM
There is nothing wrong with this market... Why do they need to make it big and obnoxious?? And I hate the Ralph's down on Ventura and Hayvenhurst because their meat section reeks of fish, and they are a little bit higher priced...
Jay March 27, 2012 at 04:04 PM
This store is horrible. Narrow aisles, very cramped and the selection is below par with newer stores. The same number of people will shop there so it will not effect traffic. We need a modern store in this neighborhood. I worked in Calabasas. The Ralph's at the Commons shopping center is great. We need one like that here!
Andy Hurvitz March 27, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Ralphs at Hazeltine/Ventura is ugly and was outdated the minute it was built after the '94 quake. I agree that a better building would improve the neighborhood as well.
Scott Killeen March 27, 2012 at 05:27 PM
This store is way past it's prime...the boarded up clearner/locksmith building is a nice touch now also... Maybe if a certain home owner association wasn't fighting Ralphs from day one, the store would have been rebuilt by now!
Dougie B. March 27, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Any word on how much time it will take to complete the project, once it has begun?
Bob March 27, 2012 at 06:40 PM
While I live in the Stone Canyon area of Sherman Oaks, Pavilions is the easiest to coast down the hill and shop at. Occasionally a jaunt to Whole Foods on my way to The Blue Dog. With an upscale new market as proposed, I may very well be lured away from my creature of habit markets, but not The Blue Dog.
Pam March 27, 2012 at 08:28 PM
That Ralphs is a disgrace to the Sherman Oaks neighborhood. Filthy dirty, etc. Both this Ralphs and Pavillions should have been updated years ago. Hurry up and wait......
Eight One Great March 28, 2012 at 01:20 AM
Yes, it's ugly. Yes it's small. Yes, it's due for renovation. But it's an easy in and out by car or bike without having to negotiate an underground parking lot and an elevator/escalator before you get inside. Plus, it doesn't go right to the edge of ventura blvd. and let's you see the sun and mountains. Do we really need a store so big that MEAT has it's own floor?
Ken Furman March 28, 2012 at 04:33 AM
Ralph's has terrible produce and is very over-priced except for cheap Coca-Cola and other junk. Yes, it will be bigger but will it be better from a value and nutrition standpoint.
Jay Beeber March 28, 2012 at 08:45 AM
Ralphs is changing some of its policies and pricing which will further drive away customers. Starting April 1st they won't double any coupons and the rewards program has been changed to just gas rewards. Their prices have been creeping up as well and now they are no longer competitive with other discount food buying options. With the added drawback of the store being closed for over a year, customers will get used to getting their groceries elsewhere. By the way, the Pavillions is also scheduled to be rebuilt into a larger more modern store and moved up closer to front on Ventura. They will probably wait until Ralphs is finished so they can pick up some of the customers from the closed store.
Rachel H. March 28, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Too bad that doing the renovation is going to cost so much money, which will in turn be pushed onto the customers... So I guess it really won't be better from a value standpoint... I can guarantee that as soon as the renovation is done and they reopen, the prices will be noticably higher than they are right now...
Samantha March 28, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Fresh & Easy should take over the old Aahs & Tillys buildings and really give Sherman Oaks an affordable, quality grocery store!
Mattey's Mom March 29, 2012 at 05:37 PM
A Fresh + Easy would be a lovely addition but it won't replace the bigger chains that offer more options. Yes, Ralphs is sorely in need of updating - as is, it is a second-rate market with limited options compared with Fresh Fare Ralphs. I also detest the idea of requiring the use of an escalator/elevator in the parking lot. That requirement drove me away from another Ralphs when I lived on the West Side. I, too,live in Stone Canyon close to Pavilions but rarely shop there as its current condition + offerings are even sadder than Ralphs. I had heard that Pavilions would re-build first but apparently that is not so.
SallyP March 29, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Jay: I agree with you!
Valley Girl 73 April 02, 2012 at 05:42 PM
When I lived closer I preferred the Gelson's on Van Nuys Blvd. - easy access from Milbank, MUCH cleaner than Pavilions and Ralphs and so much faster to get in and out.
Guy Brody April 04, 2012 at 06:24 AM
All the more reason to shop at the Gelsons on Van Nuys. Well stocked, short lines, clean and employees that actually care!!!
Jeanette Escobar April 16, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Yes i would like a job plz?
Jeanette Escobar April 16, 2012 at 05:20 AM
I love shopping at ralph's sometime's there is nice people working there and it is nice to go in the market..
Rachel H. April 28, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Well everyone who wanted this to happen has gotten their wish... This Ralph's is scheduled to close May 11th... It's really a shame the way companies spend money...

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