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Fresh & Easy closing all stores on Friday the 13th

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Fresh & Easy 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank November 13, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Fresh & Easy 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank November 13, 2015

No last-minute reprieve for the Fresh & Easy grocery chain, the latest victim of the very competitive U.S. market. After the company filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy at the end of last month, all the stores are being closed — today is the last day. Over the past couple of weeks, prices have been slashed until now the discounts are at least 70 percent!

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If the other Fresh & Easy markets are anything like the one at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank, the pickings are pretty thin for shoppers. Earlier this week, I saw employees packing up and shipping out  a lot of the products in the Verdugo store.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Inside Fresh & Easy at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank on closing day November 13, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Inside Fresh & Easy at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank on closing day November 13, 2015

Still, die-hard bargain hunters hit this store before 9 a.m. this morning. Some were seen leaving with bags filled with purchases. A sign at the front door says closing is 9 p.m., but the store could be stripped bare long before then.

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Shopper leaves Fresh & Easy 1615 West Verdugo Ave. Burbank on the last day of business November 13, 2015

Photo: FLLewis / Media City G — Shopper leaves Fresh & Easy 1615 West Verdugo Ave. Burbank on the last day of business November 13, 2015

This is the second time Fresh & Easy has filed for bankruptcy in two years. El Segundo-based Yucaipa Cos bought 167 stores from a bankruptcy filing by British Tesco in 2013.  Yucaipa, backed by billionaire Ron Burkle, has been unloading low performing stores for months, however, that apparently was not enough to save the struggling chain.

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2 Responses to Fresh & Easy closing all stores on Friday the 13th

  1. Rob Friday, November 13, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

    As an employee , What a sad day for all fresh & easy employees that will be unemployed by the end of this weekend. Thank you to all of the Loyal Customers and great employees at the Burbank, CA Fresh&Easy on Olive & Verdugo. The City of Burbank, CA has some of the greatest people I have ever met. Thank again for shopping at Fresh & Easy in Burbank.
    TEAM 1418 Burbank

  2. Fronnie Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 7:51 am #

    Rob,

    Thank you for your comments. There are other changes in the grocery market in Burbank — hoping the employees from the Olive & Verdugo Fresh & Easy get new jobs right here in the Media City!

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