As of Friday the 13th with the final closure of Fresh and Easy, there are now only eight, listed from west to east: the Ralph's at Hadley, and a Stater Bros., almost across the street; a new Smart & Final at Greenleaf, replacing Albertson's; a new Vallarta Supermarket at the Quad, which replaced a Ralph's; the Ralph's at Colima Road, and Trader Joe's across the street; a Sprouts; and a Von's at Whittwood.
The abundance is fortunate in comparison to the dearth of food stores in other cities and neighborhoods.
I have been chronicling the demise; I will miss their New York style mini-bagels. I started visiting the stores with frequency as their close-out notices arrived in my email account.
|The last of a hoard of F&E products|
The half-empty shelves and compartments are unsettling; something you'd expect to experience in a natural disaster. I did not return to the store again after the 40%.
The impending closure was as expected on the superstitious Friday the 13th. Then the hearts of all around the world were shattered by the Paris attacks.