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Bristol Farms to open Santa Monica store in mid-summer

Bristol Farms, an upscale California grocery chain with 14 locations primarily in the southern part of the state, announced plans to open a new location this summer in Santa Monica at 3105 Wilshire Boulevard.

"Our new Santa Monica location will be the perfect addition to the Bristol Farms family of stores," Kevin Davis, president and chief executive officer of Bristol Farms, said in a posting on the retailer's Facebook page. "The store site is a former grocery store location that was closed in late 2012.  The extraordinary neighborhood and surrounding community will be an exceptional fit for a high-quality fresh food store like Bristol Farms. Our best tasting, freshest food product mix will be unique to the area, and will fulfill a need that the Santa Monica community is hungry for.  

"We place a heavy emphasis on our fresh departments, including our deli and cheese departments, restaurant quality grab-and-go foods, full-service specialty meat, seafood, and sushi departments, and our locally grown freshest quality produce," Mr. Davis added in the posting. "But this store location and size offers us the opportunity to expand our total offering to provide even more for our customers' everyday needs, and we are very excited about it."

Mr. Davis said that the new Santa Monica Store will feature an all-new décor package that celebrates and highlights the spirit and passion of the Santa Monica community in a fun and exciting manner.

Mr. Davis added, "What's going to make Bristol Farms, Santa Monica so special? You're going to have to wait a few months to experience all the new and special elements that our store will offer, but I can tell you we promise to raise the standards of quality, fresh, great tasting food, and extraordinary customer service in Santa Monica the instant we open our doors this summer."

Bristol Farms opened its first store in 1982 in Rolling Hills Estates, CA. The chain was purchased by Albertson's in 2004. In 2006, Albertsons, Inc. was purchased by investors led by Cerberus Capital Management and Supervalu Inc., and upon closing of the transaction, Bristol Farms became a wholly owned subsidiary of Supervalu Inc. In 2010, Supervalu sold the Bristol Farms chain to a new company formed by a private investment firm, Endeavour Capital, and the chain's management team.

With the addition of the Santa Monica location, there will be 13 locations operating under the Bristol Farms banner, with 12 in Southern California and one in San Francisco. Additionally, Bristol operates Lazy Acres, a gourmet and natural foods store in Santa Barbara, CA.