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Sprouts Farmers Market Might Open Westwood Store

The store was a topic on the Westwood Homeowners Association's agenda Tuesday night.

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."

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John Heidt September 06, 2012 at 02:34 PM
The neighbors were concerned about access to their homes. The noise consideration was secondary. The neighbors pointed out that you cannot have an 18 wheel truck in the alley and access their garages; therefore, they either cannot get out of their homes or gain access to their homes. This is a problem!
Scott Tamkin September 06, 2012 at 02:42 PM
Do we really need another market? Westwood has enough markets, drug stores and rug shops!!
Chris Wright September 06, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Sprouts would be a great addition to Westwood Blvd. I live right around the corner and welcome an alternative to going into Westwood with it's traffic and parking.
Roxane Stern September 06, 2012 at 08:34 PM
Why is the Westwood community against so many businesses? The merchandise delivered to the Ross store must have been trucked in, so it wouldn't be much different, would it? There is decent parking on 2 levels and easy access to Westwood Blvd. Also, prohibition is over. If you object to wine and spirits do not buy them, but do not stop others from doing so.
Mark Lacter September 06, 2012 at 11:13 PM
As one of the neighbors who is concerned about the Sprouts market, let me clarify a few points: 1. Most everyone is thrilled about Sprouts wanting to open a store in Westwood. The issue is the alterations that have been made to the building over the years – alterations that include NO LOADING DOCK! 2. After the building stopped being a grocery store in the 1970s, the LOADING DOCK that had been used to receive daily deliveries on Westwood Blvd. was closed off and converted to five tiny retail spaces. 3. The alley would be used as a make-shift loading area. That means 30+ vendors unloading six days and nights a week - every day except Sunday. Many neighbors’ homes and GARAGES directly face this property. If Sprouts is allowed to block the alley 6-10 times a day on certain days, residents won’t be able to access their garages and cars many times a day. 4. There is also the issue of noise from idling refrigerated trucks unloading six days and nights a week. Many bedrooms back up to this narrow alley. This also creates a safety issue because fire trucks, police, and ambulances cannot access this extremely narrow alley. Again, we want a Sprouts - but we want it done the right way. It's up to Sprouts and the building owner to resolve these issues. Mark Lacter
betsy Joy Green September 07, 2012 at 10:54 AM
If it is clean and well neatly stocked. It coiuld be good. It is the manager and help to manage the storeh you need a good manage to get there feet of the ground manage the store the store should good with th good help and are up oneverything/ Goog Ide.a
Isabel M.Janken October 30, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Isabel Janken There are many positive points to having Sprouts in our neighborhood. The stumbling block is the delivery issue. With a garage opening to a narrow alley, with trucks using this alley for multiple daily deliveries, I can forsee extreme difficuty in accessing my garage both to enter and to leave my home. I need to make at least a 3 point turn at present - with a large delivery truck taking up much of the space, it will be extremely difficult at best and in some instances virtually impossible.
leslie bui October 31, 2012 at 08:41 PM
leslie dear sprout market I love to see you around west wood my neighborhood the market has a lot good food alway fresh and low low price every week and people so nice , I been to the store at culver city from the day 1 the store open , I love it love it.....from my house to the new store to westwood I can walk good exercise yahoo yahoo yahoo yahoo ..............................................................

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