Grocery Outlet has signed a lease for the vacant Haggen store in Los Osos confirms shopping center manager Clayton Gambril as well as a Grocery Outlet spokesperson.
Gambril 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.
VP of Real Estate For Grocery Outlet Bill Coyle said this week that “lots of people asked us to open in Los Osos and we decided that want to be part of the community”he says. “They practically begged us.”
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 no one has been selected yet by the corporate office. Coyle confirms that no local party has been identified to oversee the store but a there is “no shortage” of existing operators who would love to live in the Central Coast town.
Delaying an opening of the store are a couple of factors including the need to do “an extensive remodel of the store” figures Coyle “like we did in San luis Obispo.” That store is “doing extremely well” he adds.
Then there is the fact that the Bay Area-based firm is committed to opening a number of stores already in the pipeline, he says.
“We may be able to squeeze Los Osos in the schedule by the last quarter of this year – but it might be early 2017.”
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.
Gambril believes filling the Haggen space will help plans to rejuvenate the center. Gambril expects more good news as he fills each empty space left.The new remodeled Starbucks plans 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.