Bristol Farms Coming to Santa Monica

Upscale grocer moving into the Wilshire Boulevard building currently occupied by Albertsons, which will close next month. Do you welcome the addition?

Add an upscale market to your Santa Monica grocery store list.

Bristol Farms, the Southern California-based chain of grocery stores known for its top-grade meats, gourmet cafes, specialty cheeses and high prices, will move into the building currently occupied by Albertsons on Wilshire Boulevard.

The company did not return messages seeking comment, but a city planner said Bristol Farms has submitted an application to convert the Albertsons at 3105 Wilshire Blvd. The conversion will require construction, and there's no word yet on an opening date.

Albertsons will shutter Feb. 6.

"We are leaving that store, because we could not reach an agreement with the property owner," said Albertsons spokeswoman Lilia Rodriguez.

Plans submitted to the city by Bristol Farms call for changing the sales floor, renovating the bakery and seafood counter and building a new deli, juice and beverage dining area, according to associate planner Gina Szilak.

A proposal to redo the Albertsons facade and to add Bristol Farms signs will be reviewed by the city's Architectural Review Board in February, Szilak said.

Named after a street in West Los Angeles, Bristol Farms opened its first store in 1982 in Rolling Hills. It now operates seven in Los Angeles County, including in Westwood and Hollywood, and five others in California.

In 2010, an independent investment firm purchased Bristol Farms from SUPERVALU, Inc., the company that owns Albertsons.

The Albertsons spokeswoman said she did not know how many workers would be laid off because of the closure. "There’s always an opportunity for employees to transfer. We try to find places for all of our employees," she said.

We asked our Facebook followers if they were eager for Bristol Farms to open. Here's a selection of the responses:

Tracey O'Donnell Muldaur Right down the street from the huge Whole Foods? Not sure how well it will do..... Val Allen The more choices the better! Carla Zeitlin Sure, bring another pricey market to SM. It's already ridiculously expensive to live here, what's one more expensive market. Kevin Flick I love to go into these places and marvel at the fish prices. Then buy a coffee and leave. Karla Quiros Super excited!! Helen Zielinski Landon There are 3 terrible vons/pavillions on my neighborhood -- I wish that one of them would become a TJs! Helene Wichman What is happening to Santa Monica? It's losing its quaintness.

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Aaron Mirsky March 01, 2013 at 09:13 PM
My family lives close by and I will miss the convenience of the Starbucks and ATM machine. I actually liked quite a few of the employees but I agree the store was poorly managed. I like Bristol Farms but I agree that a Trader Joe's might have better served the larger Northside community.
Bollocks March 23, 2013 at 06:23 AM
Superior and El Super are the best markets around but Yuppieville will never entertain the thought of great quality CHEAP food.....so I will still make my weekly trip to Century and Crenshaw
Linda Rubin April 03, 2013 at 12:15 AM
Last week the cashier at Wilshire/Bundy Ralphs told me besides Bristol Farms, another Trader Joe's is coming to West L.A. and a Walmart is going in where Sears is going out. I hadn't heard Sears is closing. Have you?
michael derek mccoy April 26, 2013 at 08:03 PM
I hate walmart. Reminds of coldmining people.
Lisa Sutton August 21, 2013 at 06:59 PM
The store is beautiful and yay for there being a starbucks inside. Not everything in the store is over priced and you won't find produce any better than you will find in this store. It amazes me how people will spend more on what they wear and put in their cars than what they put in their body. I value the quality product and appreciate the reputation of a company like Bristol Farms and their Lazy Acres locations.


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