GLASSELL PARK — The former Fresh & Easy store on Eagle Rock Boulevard has been vacant and fenced off ever since the chain shut down at the end of last year. But now it looks like the empty building is going to be remade into a Target, according to city records.
The discount retailer is seeking approval of “minor exterior changes to rebrand the building as a Target store,” says the summary of a filing with the Planning Department. No other details were provided.
The Eastsider has contacted Target and consultants representing the company for more information about what the giant retailer has in mind for the property, which is only about a mile from the Target store at Eagle Rock Plaza and about two miles from the Target at the Glendale Galleria. The company has been opening smaller, “flexible-format” stores in dense urban areas, including outlets planned for Burbank, Koreatown and one near USC, but it’s not clear if that’s what Target has planned for the Glassell Park location.
The idea of a discount store opening at the site will not go over well with the more than 300 people who signed a petition organized by the Glassell Park Improvement Association. That petition, which was presented earlier this year to Councilman Jose Huizar and Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez, supported the opening of a “quality food” store at the location but opposed thrift and discount stores. “We agree that tenants such as these would diminish, rather than improve, our area,” said the petition.
Update: Target spokeswoman Kristy Welker said that the company “is looking at a space on Eagle Rock Boulevard” but is “unable to share additional information at this time.”
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