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Residents in the coastal areas of Cardiff and Encinitas know that a major remodel and expansion of the older Vons store on Santa Fe Drive (west of I-5) has been planned for over a year.

In the fall of 2009, Santa Fe Plaza’s property owners didn’t renew or bought out the leases of five long-term small businesses next to the Vons. Since that occurred, the stores’ signs have been removed, paper window coverings have fallen down, and graffiti pops up every now and then. Locals have started calling this Vons store the “ghetto” Vons.

Architect for the project, Charles Field, said they finally have a hearing in front of the Encinitas Planning Commission on March 18. Vons expects to shut down the store and break ground on the expansion in June, with completion scheduled about eight months later.

The center’s several different owners have also agreed to do a major face-lift at the same time. Landscaping areas will be doubled and storefronts updated. The only holdout is the Rite Aid store, which still has the original 1960s facade.

“Maybe they’ll be shamed into upgrading,” said Field.

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Visduh March 2, 2010 @ 10:02 a.m.

Lots of luck "shaming" Rite Aid into doing anything to its stores. Many still have the graphics from the previous Thrifty Drug stores in them, although the takeover was more than a decade ago. Rite Aid is struggling, its stock is in the tank, and it has no money to invest in upgrading its stores. A strong possibility is that it will go BK soon, and end up closing stores. That would get Rite Aid out of that center and replaced with, say, a Walgreens. Who knows?


CuddleFish March 2, 2010 @ 10:54 a.m.

The Rite-Aid in my community closed its doors some time ago. They were never a very good fit here anyway. I assume CVS will take it over, which also won't be a good fit. Walgreens would be good, I think.


PistolPete March 2, 2010 @ 2:32 p.m.

CVS is by far the best pharmacy in this area hands down if you're looking to save $$$. I bought 4 12-packs of Pepsi not too long ago for just over $21.00 and walked away with $10.00 in Extra Bucks on my receipt. I figured out that even with buying 4 12-packs for $20.00, it was still cheaper out the door than Vons, Ralphs, Stater Bros or Albertsons.

I save a ton of money at CVS.


bgulino April 30, 2010 @ 9:55 p.m.

I've lived 3 blocks away from Von's for over 30 years. Nice small supermarket, good selection of produce, and nice people work there. I've never heard anybody refer to it as the ghetto Von's.

The locals around this Von's consist of a lot of beach people, many Mexican Americans in the area West of 5, and the high school kids in from San Dieguito Academy at lunch. None of them call it the Ghetto Von's.

I think Ken Harrison's locals maybe aren't so local.


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