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Source: New supermarket at Pavilions?

THE FORMER Pavilions supermarket is now owned by the Sterling Organization of Florida (OC Tribune photo).

Perhaps the biggest empty building in the area, the onetime Vons/Pavilion supermarket – and Zody’s discount department store before that – in Garden Grove may not be vacant for very much longer.

According to Lisa Kim, community and economic development manager for the city, tenants for that 76,000-square foot building are being lined up.

Purchased by The Sterling Organization in June 2017, the building is located on the south side of Chapman, west of Brookhurst, in the Pavilion Plaza. It’s directly across the street from The Promenade center.

The potential new major tenant would be a chain supermarket, occupying part of the building, with smaller segments of the structure devoted to food, such as restaurants.

What with three other supermarkets – Aldi’s, Best Choice and Walmart – located within a small radius – might that not be a tough competitive environment?

“The developer feels there is a market there for another grocery,” said Kim.

When it was a Vons/Pavilion, the façade and entrances faced inward. Not any more. “Retailers today want to face a major thoroughfare,” Kim said.

No specifics yet, but she expected an announcement in a few months. We’ll wait and see.

Electioneering is underway already

It’s 2018 and that means it’s election year. That, in turn, means that it’s time to start running for office for the November elections.


Mark Anthony Paredes is holding a campaign kickoff on Wednesday (Jan. 24) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the 102 Café on Main Street. He’s running for the District Four seat currently held by Phat Bui.

His host committee includes GGUSD school board trustee Walter Muneton. Contributions will accepted.

Other seats up in November are those held by Kris Beard (District One), Thu-Ha Nguyen (District Three) and Steve Jones (mayor).

Publicity about campaign events, endorsements, etc. can be sent to us at .

More mixed use in the mix

Another mixed use project is headed toward downtown Huntington Beach. On Tuesday the city planning commission approved on a 5-2 vote a project with 5,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor and 20 condominiums above in a four-story building on Main Street near Orange, Lake and Pecan streets.

The development includes the consolidation of six parcels of land onto a 4.2-acre site. There will be one level of underground parking.

Will there be more of these types of projects in central parts of our cities? Is any more land being built?

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