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Wednesday, 19 January 2022

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Sandy

I had no idea that Bristol Farms was closing, but as you said, it really isn't a surprise with the status of the mall. I don't shop there, but I enjoy browsing when I'm in the area. I used to get their poke after reading one of Cathy's posts years ago.

Cathy

I did receive an email that they were closing and the 25% off sale the other day. We would enjoy stopping in for a breakfast or lunch following medical appointments pre-Covid, then doing some shopping- the weekly sales and store brand items were interesting and reasonably priced. We saw Lazy Acres in Encinitas but never stopped; now we will.

Loren

Yeah that whole area is shutting down. I grew up in the area so I remember it being an Albertons' way back in the day and of course I'm losing my old dry cleaner and my original bookstar (where I spent way too much money). It sucks for so many of those business owners but its the way of the world. I did like Bristol Farms and picked up specialty things from time to time - oddly i thought they wouldn't clear out the grocery store but shows what I know I suppose.

Soo

I visited today for the 50% off sale. I'm gonna miss Bristol Farms.
https://www.hungryones.com/2022/01/bristol-farms-la-jolla/

Sandy

When I lived in University City back in the 1990s, it was a Big Bear Market.

Kirk

Yes, that mall is quickly emptying out Sandy. What I thought was a bit disappointing is that Bristol Farms may not reopen there.

From the boxes and palettes I saw Loren; I think they packed full cases and left the odd remainders for sale.

Not much left Soo!

Lazy Acres is kind of Bristol Farms - Health Food/Natural Cathy. They do have a smaller but decent collection.

Peter

From what I've read, the new owner (which previously was part owner) plans to tear down the shopping center and convert the space to a life science "mega campus." Sounds like there will be a hotel, restaurants, and some retail too, but the emphasis will be on office/lab space.

Haven't been to Bristol Farms in a long time -- we live across the street from Whole Foods, so that's our jam -- but it's the first area supermarket that I found (good) poke at many years ago.

Bummer that the closest supermarkets will now be Vons in UC and Ralph's in La Jolla Village.

https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/growth-development/story/2022-01-14/life-science-developer-buys-costa-verde-strip-mall-near-utc

Dereck

I've always liked some of the things I could find at Bristol Farms, even though the prices were sometimes way out of line. It has always been pretty lightly populated though, busy only occasionally and usually I found it more crowded years ago.

One store that I just don't understand at all is Gelson's on Villa de la Valle. We have shopped there dozens of times and I never see more than a few customers plus prices are insane. Maybe it is a loss leader for the chain, but I just don't get it.

Kirk

Hi Peter - Thanks for the link; I missed that article in the UT. I rarely shop at those large chain supermarkets these days.....I would enjoy living within walking distance of Whole Foods; but am happy that we have a Sprouts as couple of blocks away.... Thanks again for taking the time out to comment.

I used to drop by Bristol Farms once or twice a week on the way home; then on over to WF Dereck. I liked the produce and really liked the cheese department. We dropped by Gelson's a couple of times when we lived in LA and have visited the LJ location....and like you, I'm puzzled, because there didn't seem to be anything special in terms of selection/quality from most chain supermarkets.

caninecologne

Aw bummer about Bristol Farms. I only went there once because I won some free eggs from JinxiEats years ago. It was pretty fancy and I remember getting a loaf of chocolate brioche.

Looking forward to trying all of the new spots in Old Town.

Kirk

I enjoyed my weekly stops at Bristol Farms CC.....I got to know some of the staff and really liked some of the products.

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