Sprouts Farmers Market has its eyes on a Westwood location, but some residents are worried the grocer’s presence might negatively impact the surrounding neighborhood.
Members of the Westwood Homeowners Association on Tuesday night , which would be located at the former Ross Dress for Less location at 1751 Westwood Blvd. Sprouts is currently in the midst of negotiations to fill the vacant spot, said Terri Dickerhoff, land use consultant with CGR Development.
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Additionally, the Sprouts has requested the city approve a conditional use permit to allow the sale of beer and wine, Dickerhoff said.
Representatives from the market attended the meeting to talk about the store and hear from residents.
WHA President Stephen Resnick said homeowners were mostly worried that noise from loading and unloading items for the store in a nearby alley would cause a disturbance.
"We had a number of neighbors that came to our meeting," WHA President Stephen Resnick said. "They were uniform in their concerns for deliveries from the alley."
Resnick said he plans to reach out to Los Angeles City Councilman Paul Koretz's office to weigh different loading options.
"It’s not the market per se, it’s everything associated with the deliveries," he said.
Despite their concerns, Resnick said most residents would like to see Sprouts open up shop in Westwood.
"Everybody … generally would like to see Sprouts come in," he said. [We] would like to see Sprouts as opposed to other potential uses for the property. ... We're all trying to make this work."