The Apple Tree market in Ocean Beach recently won a brief reprieve from their scheduled November 27 closure. The longtime grocer located at 4949 Santa Monica Avenue “will now be open until December 31, 2012,” according to an unidentified employee who spoke to me on November 28.
I asked a Foster Farms delivery-truck driver in the parking lot if the store was closing this week. “Not the way they are ordering chicken,” he said.
Word on the street is that next year the Apple Tree will scale down and move into the Ocean Beach Surf and Skate Shop location on Newport Avenue, and the skate shop will relocate once again.
Some Ocean Beach residents were disappointed to hear they were losing the only full-service grocery store in town. However, a rumor has been circulating that a Foodland Market will open in place of Apple Tree.