Safeway/Sav-On 3rd & Fairfax

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Safeway/Sav-On 3rd & Fairfax

Post by steps » 24 Nov 2019 18:46

Came across this photo in a Facebook group showing a Safeway and Sav-On combo. I'm assuming this was a Super S prior to Sav-On taking over the drug portion.

Wasn't there a Safeway a street over or was that a Market Basket?

Either way, I found this photo interesting as it's very hard to come across many SoCal Safeway pictures.

From what I can assume, this is where the Wholefood and CVS are now. Are those store in the original building?
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Post by Groceteria » 25 Nov 2019 08:31

Great picture! Pretty sure you’re absolutely correct about the location with in the center. I had known about this one for some time based on its listing in a 1964 shopping center guide I have, which also states that the center opened on 15 December 1961 . I also would have guessed it as a Super S combo, but the store is listed as a Sav-on in 1964.
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Post by Groceteria » 25 Nov 2019 08:45

I also have a very heartwarming memory of the uninsured motorist who backed into my rental car in the parking lot when I was photographing the store about nine years ago, but that’s a whole other story…

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Re: Safeway/Sav-On 3rd & Fairfax

Post by klkla » 25 Nov 2019 18:42

steps wrote:
24 Nov 2019 18:46
Came across this photo in a Facebook group showing a Safeway and Sav-On combo. I'm assuming this was a Super S prior to Sav-On taking over the drug portion.

Wasn't there a Safeway a street over or was that a Market Basket?
There was indeed a Safeway in the location where Whole Foods is today. It closed in the early 1980's IIRC and has had a number of other grocery tenants besides Whole Foods (I'm pretty sure both Lucky and Ralphs have also occupied that building).

From Google maps it looks like they are two distinct buildings so I'm also doubtful it was a Super S but you never know.

There was a Market Basket across the street where Ross Dress for Less is now.

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Post by Steve Landry » 26 Nov 2019 11:02

Yep, it was a Safeway for sure.

After that it was Lucky but I don't remember Ralphs there.
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Post by klkla » 26 Nov 2019 19:45

Steve Landry wrote:
26 Nov 2019 11:02
After that it was Lucky but I don't remember Ralphs there.
I'm not 100% sure about this but if I remember right Ralphs had to choose between that store and the former Alpha Beta at Wilshire & Hauser (now a Ralphs Fresh Fare) as part of a consent decree with the FTC.

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Post by steps » 22 Dec 2019 00:38

I don't remember Ralphs being there but It could have been before my time. I know for sure though, it was an Albertson's so previously being a Lucky should be 100% correct.

Did this store close prior to the Vons buyout or was it a divested store?
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Post by steps » 22 Dec 2019 00:44

klkla wrote:
26 Nov 2019 19:45
Steve Landry wrote:
26 Nov 2019 11:02
After that it was Lucky but I don't remember Ralphs there.
I'm not 100% sure about this but if I remember right Ralphs had to choose between that store and the former Alpha Beta at Wilshire & Hauser (now a Ralphs Fresh Fare) as part of a consent decree with the FTC.
If Ralphs had to choose, the think the Wilshire location was best. Even those the area the Wholefoods is at is affluent, the shopping center seems a little run down to me. I haven't been in the area for years so maybe it has been remodeled.
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Re: Safeway/Sav-On 3rd & Fairfax

Post by klkla » 22 Dec 2019 21:23

steps wrote:
22 Dec 2019 00:38
Did this store close prior to the Vons buyout or was it a divested store?
It was closed at least three years before the Vons buyout.

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