DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES – The Arts District’s Urban Radish opened July 4 with an Independence Day celebration. Area denizens celebrated just having a small grocery store within walking distance.
Now, the 8,200-square-foot market at 661 Imperial St. is ready for its official debut: A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Aug. 17.
The event, which is open to the public, starts at 9 a.m. with a free breakfast followed by a ceremony with co-owner Carolyn Paxton and Father Gregory Boyle of Homeboy Industries. The market has teamed with the Downtown-based gang intervention program to employ some Homeboy clients.
Urban Radish occupies a metal structure a short walk from the Biscuit Company and Toy Factory lofts. The $1.7 million project created 25 jobs. There is a small parking lot and nearby street parking.
Urban Radish’s relatively small space (for a supermarket) is highlighted by a collection of upscale and organic items. In addition to produce and grocery basics, it has made-to-order sandwiches, an artisan cheese section, a butcher and a wine section.
The market is one of several new grocery additions to Downtown. On July 18, a 24,000-square-foot Smart & Final Extra opened at 845 S. Figueroa St. and a 34,000-square-foot Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market is scheduled to debut this month near Chinatown.
Also this month, Whole Foods announced that it will open a 42,000-square-foot space at an under-construction apartment complex at 770 S. Grand Ave. That is slated to arrive in 2015.
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