District residents may be joining the shopping cart march into a new
Superior Grocer that opened last week at Central and 20th, two blocks
south of Washington Blvd. Now they can grab fresh tortillas with their
tofu, a reflection of the changing demographics in this part of
The full service grocery store opened with fanfare as 9th District Councilwoman Jan Perry welcomed the crowd in English and Spanish, and the Manual Arts Band did a circle around the store. The sound of trumpets, drums, and song leaders bouncing off glass cases of frozen food and ice cream.
"It's been 5 years form beginning to end, we persevered," said Perry while welcoming shoppers entering the grocery store. "It was tough, with land use issues, sidewalks easements, but it paid off. Here we are with a line of people out the door. That should tell you something."
Superior Grocers will cater heavily to the Latino community, and is the main feature of Central Village, a $27.5-million mixed-use development with a total of 45,000 square feet of retail space. Above the store are 85 affordable-housing apartments.
It's the first large grocery store to open on the South LA in a number of years, but leads a South L.A. $150-million-plus construction parade. In early 2010, a Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market––a $32-million development with 18,500 square feet of retail and 79 affordable-housing apartments––will open at Central and East Adams Blvd. In Spring 2010, the $28-million Rittenhouse Square at Central and East 33rd will open with 4,500 square feet of retail space and 100 senior apartments for seniors.
Projects at the back of the pack include a $9.3-million early education center and health clinic on East Jefferson Blvd and Central, and a $23-million renovation of a YMCA. Next month a rooftop-garden clad Constituent Service Center will open at Central and East 43rd Street–-which Perry nicknames as a City Hall––that will become a new anchor for the infamous corridor of South Central Ave once known for jazz.