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Plans to transform an operating Rite Aid in Hollywood, at 1841 N. Western Ave., into a Lazy Acres Natural Market, are underway.
Good Food Holdings—the organic grocer’s parent company—is applying for an “adjustment process” requesting an increase in parking from 85 stalls to 95.
The ask was discussed Thursday at a Hollywood United Neighborhood Council Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee meeting.
It’s unclear when Rite Aid would close but the 23,233-square-foot retail building was put on the market for $21,500,000 in 2018.
Once the pharmacy chain vacates, Lazy Acres would begin transforming the site into its “fresh format store.”
Plans call for a 8,160-square-foot addition to the existing building, facade upgrades, a new entry tower and “front apron sidewalk canopy” to accommodate shopping carts, and an exterior seating area for al fresco dining.
Sun Cleaners, a dry cleaner fronting Franklin Avenue, would be demolished to allow room for the additional parking.
Lazy Acres was founded in 1991 and currently operates five SoCal stores: Long Beach, Encinitas, San Diego/Mission Hills, Hermosa Beach, and the original in Santa Barbara.
The grocer offers a full assortment of organic produce, organic and all-natural grocery items, premium grain, and grass-fed meats, fish, and a comprehensive full-service vitamin/supplement and body care department.
Additionally, it has prepared food and fresh bakery departments which prepare items with only clean ingredients (i.e. all-natural or organic).
Lazy Acres also carries a wide assortment of craft beers and a full selection of wines.
The store will also boast juice and coffee stations, according to the plans.