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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."

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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