An Albertsons store on Lincoln Boulevard in Westchester is to be converted to a Bristol Farms store — as early as December.
Albertsons, Inc. bought the gourmet and specialty food retailer Bristol Farms last year.
The Carson-based Bristol Farms will convert the 35,000-square-foot building at 8448 Lincoln Blvd., Westchester, into a Bristol Farms store, said Kevin Davis, Bristol Farms president, chairman and CEO.
The Albertsons store is scheduled to close Thursday, July 7th, said Lilia Rodriguez, Albertsons regional public affairs manager. All of the store employees will be offered positions at other local Albertsons, she said.
Bristol Farms, which opened its first store in Rolling Hills in 1982, currently has 11 store locations in Los Angeles, Ventura and Orange Counties.
The Westchester store will be the 12th Bristol Farms store.
Bristol Farms has decided to open a new store in the local area because of the demographics of such communities as Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey and Westchester, Davis said.
The company wants to provide a more convenient location for customers between the West Side and South Bay regions, he said.
“Many customers in the local area have been driving to a (Bristol Farms) store quite a ways away,” he said. “They’ve been requesting a store for many years and we’re excited to finally offer one to them.”
Bristol Farms has a “willing customer base” that seeks its various services, but the company also hopes to attract a new group of shoppers in the Westchester area, including Loyola Marymount University (LMU) students, Davis said.
The 35,000-square-foot Westchester store will equal the size of Bristol Farms’ largest and closest store, in Manhattan Beach, he said. The typical size of a Bristol Farms store is around 30,000 square feet.
“We will completely demolish the interior so that only the walls remain,” Davis said. “We will start from scratch and build a brand-new store.
“It will basically be a brand-new building.”
When construction is complete, the new Bristol Farms will offer the same “full array of services” as each of the other Bristol Farms stores, he said.
Services will include a gift department, a full-service produce department, a restaurant, a seafood counter, a bakery, a deli and a butcher shop.
There will also be wine tasting, a coffee bar and a cooking school.
The Westchester store will also have an expanded outside dining area for customers, which Davis said should “encourage more lunchtime business.”
Bristol Farms is also planning to have a few new additions and expanded departments in the new store, he said.