Saturday, July 9, 2016

Does The Old Albertsons Supermarket Location In Hastings Ranch Finally Have A Tenant?

Mod: The following revelations come to us from the rather heavily reader restricted "Sierra Madre" Facebook page, which is operated and patrolled by certain pols from a shady yet not distant enough past. Perhaps you received some of their numerous postcards during last April's utility tax fib-a-thon?



That seems to me like decent enough usage for a site that has been boarded up and not looking especially pretty these last couple of years. I used to enjoy shopping at Albertsons myself, and am still afflicted with a sense of loss at its closing. It appears that I am not the only one.

However, apparently the thought of that location being filled with the sounds of happy children having fun on SkyZone's trampolines has put the undergarments of some Hasting Ranchers of the "you kids stay off my lawn" persuasion into a decided knot. Here is their dyspeptic form letter of entitled complaint.


Considering the utter lack of support Albertsons received when they were in that building I seriously doubt any "neighborhood market" will ever again be interested in setting up there. Even at gunpoint. It is near miraculous that any business would ever want to go in there at all. Rather than getting all grumpy about it these folks should be glad that this eyesore is finally getting a viable tenant.

Of course, the place would be mainly of interest to that most egregiously underserved segment of this area's communities, kids and teenagers. Or, as the self-involved individuals from the Stay Off My Lawn set tellingly refer to them, "negative element."

My guess is that this will happen, and these folks would best start looking now for safe places to hide their garden gnomes.

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49 comments:

  1. The "negative element" was already at that shopping center while Albertson's was still open. When the apartment complex across the street, on the north side of Alvertson's, went Section 8, the shopping center went down hill. I think I'd rather have kids on trampolines.

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    1. To give the organizers of the resistance the benefit of the doubt, they probably are worried about the number of people and the traffic and noise.

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    2. So they want a supermarket, but no traffic? I think it was no traffic that made the previous supermarket go bye bye.

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    3. Section 8 neighbors are negative?

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    4. 8:29. Usually, but not always.

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  2. I heard from other tenants in that center that the landlord is awful and not responsive. There are tales of leaking roofs and others regarding lack of maintenance. The whole place is a mess.

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    1. An Albertson's employee told me at the time of closing their doors, that Albertson's wished to renew their lease. The employee mentioned the leaky roof. I'm wondering if that was the deal breaker. I'm thinking, based on the above comment, that perhaps the landlord would not do the needed repairs.

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    2. That big building has always been run down. Really bad maintenance.
      We were a captive audience for that shabby but convenient Albertsons. The chain has some very upscale stores, but that wasn't one of them.
      We miss it anyway.

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    3. Albertsons was a depressing place to shop- decor so run down. Faded and dusty. Like Taylor's. Avoid that place whenever I can.

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    4. I love Taylor's.

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    5. Love Taylor's too!

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    6. Couldn't agree more about Taylor's, and when I have plenty of money in my pocket I go there.
      You pay at least a dollar more for everything. At least, usually more.

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    7. I talked to the manager of Albertson's a day before they closed and he said they wanted to stay but that the owner refused to repair anything. Kind of a slum lord I guess. I'm all for kids to have a place for recreation, but trampolines? Not sure how much of a money maker that would be. We need a market, even a small one. I also heard that someone wanted to open up the other side of Taylor's for a small market and food service as Howie's used to be. But the owner fell out of the deal. We need a market. Sorry kids!

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    8. Wishing won't make it happen.

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  3. Isn't that apartment complex still mostly without tenants?

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  4. Parents bringing their kids to a trampoline center would be worse than those bringing their children to Mathenasium? How so?

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    1. A math center isn't exactly the same thing as a trampoline party place.

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    2. Yes. The kids are happier at the trampoline place.

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  5. I believe the SM Facebook page is under new management.

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    1. Does that mean the people who were kicked off for no apparent cause except that they opposed a 67% UUT hike can now get back on?

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    2. Try it and see.

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  6. This interest has been in the works for a year or so now. I was at the donut shop (yes, but getting ice tea before my 'spa' time at the nail salon) and as I left a realtor was locking up the plywood cover over the Albertson's door. The prospective renter he had just shown the place to was indeed the Trampoline bunch. Look on line, these places are all around the southland, a newer incarnation of the activity that went out of vogue in the 1970s due to injuries and liability. Well, let's see what this incarnation brings. The fitness public is very fickle, but it may launch a new generation of enthsiasts. I would rather have a badminton gym myself. Just sayin.

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    1. A Frozen Rope baseball center would also be good. In a town as baseball nuts as Sierra Madre there would definitely be some interest in that as well. A lot of these centers have former pro ball instructors.

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    2. Come to think of it, some kind of fitness center might be better than yet another source of food.

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    3. Fitness public at the donut shop?

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    4. Donuts are a superfood

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    5. 7:21. If you lease the space, you can put in whatever makes you smile.

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    6. If I don't and save all of that money I'll smile even more.

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  7. Sounds like a cruel hoax of some kind to me.

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    1. Why would a trampoline center be a cruel hoax? You don't think it is for real?

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    2. Because I'm a troll you moron.

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    3. You sure act like one. Have you ever considered meditation? It might calm your troubled spirit.

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    4. We all do our parts to support The Tattler while mine is not glamorous it is a vital part of your reading experience.

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    5. Ommmm ... Ommmm

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  8. The cup should not be changed. Albertson's employees were under the assumption that the owner intended to build a large apartment complex. The building deterioration was because he did not care, it was to be torn down.

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    1. With the horrible reputation of the property owner I can't see any long term business renting there. The whole place needs to be condemned and re vitalized by the city.It's an eyesore.......

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    2. To think that we could have had an entire downtown filled with such mixed use atrocities. There but for Measure V go we!

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  9. The CUP runneth over.

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  10. The owner of that property has done nothing to improve or help the tenants. Son of the owner runs the property and has only raised rates and costs. We really need a grocery store because the rest are further down the hill and not really in walking distance. Interesting to note that property owner is Chinese.

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    1. And you are surprised? Chinese also own the property where Rite Aide, Ex Fresh and Easy. They wanted to do a condo development. Arcadia said it is zoned retail. It ain't going to happen.

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  11. The Old School Eatery,not neighborhood friendly, that recently closed due to their bad attitude is being repainted. I wonder whats going on there? Anyone know?

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  12. Bad rummer, Old School Eatery is going to be a fast food place run by residents living at half way and drug rehab homes.

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  13. Rumor has it that Michelle Keith will be the next Assistant City Manager for SM. Well Ms. Rummer how is that for a bad rumor? Truth is worse than fiction, you can't make this stuff up.

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  14. Why does the city need more government employees? I thought Elaine has an assistant or secretary? Did Ms. Keith loose her job with the City of Bradbury? I would hope this bad rumor is not true. Elaine really dislikes her and knows Ms. Keith has always wanted to take over the city. The old Bart Doyle days still haunt us.

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  15. Is the property zoned retail where Taylors is located? In years past, the city came close to building apartments and underground parking at that location.

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  16. Little late to the conversation, but an area high school has had for years tried to lease/buy the Albertson's property to no avail. At one point they were willing to lease the Albertson's store to house athletic equipment and/or workout facility.

    I know it is not as ideal as a market but at least it would have gotten use with minimal impact to the neighborhood.

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