BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW AREA RESIDENTS GET LUCKY; FIRST MAJOR SUPERMARKET TO OPEN IN NEIGHBORHOOD IN THREE DECADES
BALDWIN HILLS CRENSHAW AREA RESIDENTS GET LUCKY; FIRST MAJOR
SUPERMARKET TO OPEN IN NEIGHBORHOOD IN THREE DECADES
BUENA PARK, Calif., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Lucky Stores today opened the doors to a new store in the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw area, representing the first major chain to open on the south side of Los Angeles since the six-day Watts riots there in August 1965.
For the community, one of the most affluent African-American in the country, the new Lucky is symbolic of a hopeful turnaround for the area, whose redevelopment has been gaining momentum since the 1989 opening of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, the first major shopping mall to open there since the riots.
"The community was vocal in its desire for a second supermarket chain, and we were proud to become a part of the area's redevelopment," said Robert P. Hermanns, general manager and executive vice president of Lucky Stores' Southern California division.
"Giving residents a choice in supermarkets will create a healthy competitive environment," he said. "The new Lucky will provide the high quality and low prices Lucky is known for throughout the state."
The new 43,000-square-foot state-of-the-art store is located on 3901 Crenshaw Blvd., adjacent to the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza.
In addition to traditional Lucky store features, the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw store will have a service deli, bakery, pharmacy, floral department and fresh seafood department. It will be open seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The store, built at a cost of $4.2 million, will result in about 100 new jobs for the community, according to store manager Dave Copeland, a native of Southcentral Los Angeles and a 17-year veteran of the retail grocery industry.
"This is a neighborhood store," he said. "We have made it a top priority to hire from within the community, and transfer as many personnel who live in this neighborhood as possible from other Lucky stores."
Copeland was manager of the Crenshaw district ABC Market for five years.
Local dignitaries and the public were invited to attend the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting, and longtime Lucky spokesperson Stephanie Edwards was on hand to sign autographs.
Lucky Stores, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Stores, is California's largest supermarket chain and is currently operating more than 400 stores in California and Nevada.
/CONTACT: Kim Kerscher or Christina Andrews of The Spindler Organization, 213-930-0811, for Lucky Stores/ CO: Lucky Stores Inc. ST: California IN: FOD SU:
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