Grocery Outlet has signed a lease for the vacant Haggens store in Los Osos confirms shopping center manager Clayton Gambril. “We just received the papers yesterday” says Gambril who has been marketing the empty space for several months to prospective grocery tenants. The store closed last summer but went through an extended bankruptcy process delaying any new use.
Gambril says he has not been told how soon the store might reopen.But county planner Kerry Brown says they have been contacted by an architect representing the company who plans to submit some modifications to the building.The grocer has also filed for a sign permit.
Each Grocery Outlet has a local owner but it is not clear who that might be in this case. One of the owners of the store in SLO says she doe not believe one has been selected yet by the corporate office. Calls to the corporate office in the Bay Area were not returned by press time.
Gambril expects filling the Haggen space will help plans to rejuvenate the center. Gambril expects more good news as he fill each empty space left.The new remodeled Starbucks expects to open in June and two spaces within the same building are expected to be leased out to new tenants as well he says.
Regarding the rumor that Starbucks may seek to sell beer and wine at their new Los Osos location, the former B of A building, there is no firm answer. One press report points to the growing trend by the coffee chain. “There are more than 300 Starbucks locations across the United States — including Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Santa Rosa and San Mateo — that offer “Starbucks Evenings,” selling small plates, beer and wine after 4 p.m., according to the company spokeswoman.” There are at least 2 locations in SLO County who have filed withe ABC to sell beer and wine.