Four Years Ago: Ralphs Given Keys to Downtown Store
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Time sure does fly... It was four years ago today that Ralphs was given the keys to its new Downtown grocery store at 9th and Flower. The 50,000-square-foot Fresh Fare would open six months later, on July 20.
Despite the store's economic success and years of pleas by residents for a Trader Joe's, the store opens 2011 as still Downtown's only full-size grocery. Two development projects that are slated to contain grocery store-sized spaces — L.A. Central near Staples Center and The Grand on Bunker Hill — are currently on hold as their owners search for funding.