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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Grocery Outlet to open at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank November 25, 2016

City Buzz: New grocery store, update on tragic accident

A new grocery store will soon open in Burbank. Banners for Grocery Outlet are plastered on the old site of the Fresh & Easy store at 1625 West Verdugo Avenue. Grocery Outlet calls itself a bargain market and in its company statement claims:”We offer brand-name, quality products at up to 40-70% off conventional retail prices.” There are reportedly more than 260 independently owned Grocery Outlets in Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington, and California. Fresh & Easy shut down this store and a second Burbank location, at 2484 West Victory... Read More →

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Photo: Media City G -- Walmart set to open new store in the Empire Center in Burbank April 6, 2016

Burbank Walmart hires more than 300 new associates

The new Burbank Walmart Supercenter is on track to open next month, according to store manager Panthi Patel. The world’s largest  retailer opened a hiring center a few weeks ago in Burbank. Patel estimates 350 associates have been hired for positions, from cashier to supervisor. In the past, Walmart has been criticized for low wages. During a phone interview today, Patel described the”incredible pay”at Walmart and how the company offers a “pathway to success.” He says “75 per cent of the promotions” are through the ranks and he feels Walmart... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/ Media City G -- Smart & Final Extra! 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank March 30, 2016

New Smart & Final store opens in Burbank

The new Smart & Final Extra! is open for business in Burbank. Smart & Final kicked off a soft opening on March 23 at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue. The warehouse, grocery, and discount chain is hoping it has the winning formula to make the location profitable. A couple of different supermarkets have occupied the space just in the past couple of years. Back in December of 2014, it was an Albertson’s  market– but then the parent company sold it and more than a hundred others to Haggen,... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Former location of Fresh & Easy market 1615 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank January 4, 2016

Campaign underway for a new Trader Joe’s in Burbank

A campaign is underway to open a new Trader Joe’s market in Burbank. It has gained traction in the neighborhood around the failed Fresh & Easy market at 1615 West Verdugo Avenue. For several weeks, there has been a call to action, for a new Trader Joe’s, posted on the front of that building. The notice is shown below. No doubt there are many fans of Trader Joe’s specialty items, extensive selection of prepared salads, assortment of frozen foods along with fresh veggies, fruits, and flowers. Another plus... Read More →

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Holiday Baskets food drive in Burbank tomorrow

The annual Holiday Basket Program in Burbank is heading into its final week, with a major citywide food drive tomorrow, December 5. Volunteers will be outside local grocery stores asking for food donations from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Last year over 550 needy families, including more than 2,300 individuals, received holiday gifts of mostly food, clothing, and toys from the program, according to the  Burbank Coordinating Council. The organization has been the lead on the program since 1946. The aim is to share some of... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Haggen 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank September 25,2015

Smart & Final puts in a bid for Haggen store in Burbank

The future is looking brighter for the Haggen grocery store at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank. This is one of the around 100 stores Haggen is selling off in an effort to right its struggling company, which filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy in early September. Last month, Haggen announced Gelson’s had stepped up with an offer for Eight stores in California and Smart & Final signed an agreement for 28 stores — subject to the approval of  the bankruptcy court.  At that point, the Burbank store was... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Haggen 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank September 25,2015

Gelson’s and Smart & Final step up to buy Haggen markets

Gelson’s and Smart & Final have signed agreements to purchase some of the soon-to-be closed Haggen supermarkets, according to a news release on the Haggen website today. However, the Haggen market at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue in Burbank is still in limbo. Haggen spokesperson, Deborah Pleva, told Media City Groove in an email: “We have no details on that location at this time.” Gelson’s, a high-ended supermarket chain based in Encino, has an offer in for eight Haggen stores in Carlsbad, Del Mar, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, La... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis / Media City G -- Haggen 3830 West Verdugo Avenue Burbank September 25,2015

New Haggen grocery store closing in Burbank

The doors of the new Haggen grocery store are still open this weekend, but not for long. Last Thursday, the financially troubled grocer announced it was throwing in the towel on an ill-fated expansion plan and closing more than 75 stores in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, and California — including the one in Burbank at 3830 West Verdugo Avenue. The West Verdugo store was converted from Albertsons to Haggen last April.  Earlier, Albertsons merged with Safeway and the Federal Trade Commission ordered the sale of 168 stores to... Read More →

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Photo: FLLewis/Media City G -- Costco store 1051 West Burbank Blvd. Burbank July 21, 2014

Consumers rate Costco top grocery store in the West

Costco is the top go to grocery store in the Western States for most consumers, according to a the results of a Harris Poll EquiTrend study released today. Back in January of this year,  41,806 consumers, 15 an older, reportedly were quizzed on 40 randomly selected grocery brands. The study examined three key factors: Familiarity, quality, and purchase consideration in four regions of the country. In the West, Costco ranked number one. Trader Joe’s came in second, followed by Whole Foods Market, Safeway, and Stater Bros.... Read More →

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