Alhambra is likely to lose Fresh & Easy on Main Street and Raymond Avenue. Tesco, Fresh & Easy's British parent company, will likely sell or close its 199 grocery stores in the United States due to mounting losses over five years, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The grocery chain — with stores in California, Arizona, and Nevada —opened in the U.S. in 2007 and struggled to turn a profit during the recession, the Journal reports. The British ready meals, self-service cash registers, and convenience-store layout also didn't sit well with the American market, according to the Journal.
But a California man has launched a petition to try to save the chain, Glendora Patch reports. Adrian Young from San Jose launched an online petition, saying Fresh & Easy's niche market would miss the chain and the U.S. would lose over 5,000 jobs. Nearly 300 supporters have signed the petition so far, many from Southern California.