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Sprouts, The Habit to open doors at new Alhambra Place

Sprouts Farmers Market and The Habit Burger Grill are coming to Alhambra. Both the health food grocery store and fast food chain will be joining Cha for Tea, Blaze Pizza, and three restaurants at the new Alhambra Place on Main Street and Garfield Avenue, according to a brochure from developer Shea Properties.

Shea Properties is in talks with additional tenants for the 140,000-square-foot retail and dining complex along Main, which will also include a big box retail store, said City Councilwoman Barbara Messina. The new Alhambra Place also includes 260 luxury apartments for lease along Bay State Street and a five-story parking structure.

Construction on the retail section is scheduled to be completed by summer 2015. Construction on the residential section will begin in spring 2015.

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26 thoughts on “Sprouts, The Habit to open doors at new Alhambra Place”

  1. Dont worry guys, the city delivered in their desire to make downtown Alhambra a “go-to” shopping zone.

    All the major restaurant chains will want to come to Alhambra now that we have a Burlington Coat Factory on the way!

    I bet companies like Cheesecake Factory are calling Shea properties every day trying to reserve a spot.


    1. David Chan: You can certainly write the City Hall or the developer to bring in a chain restaurant. But first, there is a limit as to how much, if at all, tax dollars should be spent to subsidize a business, let alone a specific type of business, i.e., non-Asian chain restaurants. Second, I think there are already quite many non-Asian chain restaurants in that neighborhood, such as Arby’s, Apple Bee’s, Subway’s, Rick’s. And don’t forget that Tony Roma’s and Johnny Rockets were there but failed.

      1. The restaurants you mention are average at best. Reasons why most if not all of them will fail.

  3. I really hope this new facility has a least one or two major chain restaurants. Like I heard a BJ’s or Chessecake Factory were in the works. But I have not heard anything. Please Alhambra Bring something good, so People living here don’t have to drive every weekend to Arcadia/Monrovia Restaurant row. That is what we need here in Alhambra. Thank You….

  4. Any more updates on what shops/restaurants will be here and if they are still on schedule to open this year?

  5. Sprouts Is the bomb!!!!!!

    When done right it’s an amazing store
    Hopefully they design it correctly and it’s not like the circuit city one in Pasadena

    Sprouts is def a welcomed addition
    Blaze pizza? Wish it was pieology

    Anyways. Just happy that people are gonna have jobs

  6. Joseph,

    Congrats on the weightloss! I agree the Rosemead Sprouts is lacking something also. The one in Burbank also seems to have much fresher things. I found out that the Burbank one actually has a bakery on site so all their breads are fresh and warm out of the oven. The Rosemead one doesn’t and gets them from other locations. I’m crossing my fingers the Alhambra one will have both a bakery and rotisserie on site! And plus their prices on decent quality meat are pretty good too!

  7. Does anyone have a link to the brochure where the map and info were taken from? I can’t seem to find anything online.

  8. I know quite a few people wanted Trader Joes but in my opinion there is already one in South Pasadena which is within reasonable distance. I’m glad that a Sprouts is moving in closer since the closest one is all the way by Colorado and Rosemead and we make a trip out there once a week. I personally find more things I like at Sprouts vs Trader Joes and I find Sprouts an over all cheaper place to shop.

    1. Omair, yeh actually, on second thought Sprouts isn’t so bad. There is one out in the Monrovia area that is really nice.

      I have been to the one in Pasadena that replaced the old defunct Circuit City and I was not impressed.

      I might still have to go to Traders (the ones on Rosemead Blvd), if Sprouts doesn’t have what I am looking for.

      I guess I will find out next year what they have to offer. I refuse to buy anything with added sugar and am pretty much trying to live on whole natural real foods. I went from 220 to 175 over the last year because of this change. Sorry to get off topic here. LOL.

    2. I’m 48 now and when I was 13 there use to be a Trader Joe’s in Alhambra that was when it was racially balanced since there are more Asians in Alhambra it wasn’t doing so well so they closed it down. It used to be on Atlantic right passed the Train Tracks where Dominoes is next to the Laundromat.

      I doubt there will ever be a Trader Joe’s in Alhambra would be nice, but I don’t mind driving to Beautiful South Pasadena.

      1. It won’t be long before the racial balance of South Pasadena shifts more towards Asians. Trader Joe’s will be back in Alhambra. Give it some time. If they build it, people will come.

  9. Joseph, You can’t always get what you want..

    Glad “The Habit” is moving in, so is my tailor.

  10. I join those who are disappointed that it’s not a Trader Joe’s in that new commercial development (the design of which, by the way, looks to me like something straight out of Disneyland, much like the ugly theater complex and courtyard across the street). I am pleased that Cha for Tea will be there. And, I’m hoping for at least ONE restaurant that isn’t part of a casual-dining chain. When I moved to Alhambra in the 1960s, there was a family-owned Italian restaurant on Main St. I still remember it. I’d like to see that type of restaurant once again.

    I also question why there are no condos/apartments being built that would be affordable for the majority of Alhambrans, who belong not in the luxury category, but low-wage-earner category. Aren’t we legally bound to include them? If no, we certainly should be.

    As far as the look of Main Street, particularly between Atlantic and Garfield, it is ugly and feels very claustrophic to me. Why must those multistory buildings be built so close to the sidewalk? Why must they all look so much alike? However approved the one just west of Diner on Main that looks as if it’s going to take up a whole block!!! Where is the green space? Why do the children (I assume that they’ll allow children!) play? And the development that’s going to change the character of the neighborhood on Fremont south of the San Bernardino freeway, that’s a real travesty. I agree that Alhambra needs apartments and condominiums, but you don’t destroy an historic neighborhood by shoving something that simply doesn’t fit there and destroying beautiful older homes to accommodate it. Ask the residents who live in that Midwick area, and they’ll tell you that they were totally opposed. Plus, WHY have we allowed – and are we still allowing – so many of our historic residential and commercial properties to be demolished and replaced by ugly, frequently too-large-for-the-lot, boxy buildings? Do we not value our history? Do we not wish to preserve it? The answer to that question is obvious.

    With the lack of sensible planning, we shall NEVER enjoy the charm that South Pasadena, Sierra Madre, and Monrovia enjoy. Our city must have been competitive with those at one time, but no longer. Alhambra once had an identity, something that set it apart from other cities. But now, Alhambra is destined to be a cookie-cutter community that looks just like the rest of the ugly, nondescript ones that proliferate all over Southern California. And that is indeed a shame.

  11. Wealthy Chinese? Most Asian I know including myself who live in Alhambra are hard working middle class. To be honest, wealthy Chinese/Asian won’t even consider Alhambra when they purchasing a property.

    1. Wealthy Chinese = DEVELOPERS. Aka people with the power and influence to move mountains (of asphalt). Actual citizens of Alhambra who send their kids to public school here? Very little power individually and would only have a voice if they coalesced into a unified front which as we know, is NOT happening.

      You’re absolutely right, they don’t want their kids to grow up in a middle-middle-class city with splotches of lower-middle-classness and speckles of poverty (my neighbors have gang tattoos on their NECK btw). I’m sure they want their kids to attend Ivy League colleges.

  12. “Wow, Alhambra really is becoming some weird version of Colorado St. Just like it always wanted.”

    I don’t know. I like the idea of being able to spend all my money LOCALLY instead of having to drive to other cities. Living right next to Main St is allowing me to not have to drive very much which has always been my dream. I find the automobile to be a huge expense.

    Having something like a Sprouts close by is going to solve the last piece of the puzzle for me in that I don’t have to go to Whole Foods/Trader Joes anymore. Bigger businesses will now follow and that means LOCAL jobs.

    So Main ST is pretty much going to have everything I need, from groceries, restaurants healthcare etc, and maybe a LOCAL JOB. As the boomers continue to move back to the city, this will help keep our property prices up as well.

    Those of you who think Alhambra should be some version of Mayberry RFD need to realize that Alhambra is in an exceptional strategic location being close to Los Angeles, Pasadena, Monterey Park etc. Besides, we have a place like Almansor Park. I have relatives who come over from other cities just to go to that park because they love it so much.

    ALhambra will still have that small-town feel in many areas, but when you need a product or service, you will have more local options now.

    One more thing – I wish people, the media and anyone else would not pre-judge people based on their race. Please don’t make any assumptions about peoples behavior based on what country they are from. I judge people based on how they act individually, not based on what they look like or where they are from.

    1. You sound silly.

      Confucius, Buddha, & Mencius vs. Jesus & Socrates & Plato? These are the philosophies that inform a culture.

      Judge people as individuals? OF COURSE. But it just so happens that individuals are subject to larger cultural trends emanating from their ENVIRONMENTS OF ORIGIN. That’s why you can generalize about…ANYTHING. Cats, dogs, insects, humans, cultures, trends – we are not thrust into this world without a natural MOMENTUM that God, Allah, The Jade Moon Rabbit, whatever – gives us.

      That’s why people from different cultures overwhelmingly group together, marry each other, eat the same food, etc. The statistics and metrics weigh heavily in favor of creating profiles and archetypes.

      NOW, if I were to read between the lines and voice what you’re ACTUALLY SAYING…you’re saying that you *HOPE* Alhambra can become general raceless version of “Mainstream American” to the point that a smooth, enjoyable system can flow and people can live fun, happy, middle-class lives.

      So sure, I hope so. But I’m not going to duck the real dynamics that we’re all subject to on this earth.

  13. My first order of business is to apply for a job at Sprouts before they open. You couldn’t say that about the Mervyns building now could you?

  14. Wow, Alhambra really is becoming some weird version of Colorado St. Just like it always wanted.

    Remember folks, everything in life usually comes as a package deal. Pros vs. Cons.

    And unfortunately for the old white-Hispanics that live in Alhambra, they are going to be increasingly on the “Cons” side. They’re not going to acknowledge the “Pros” side because quite frankly, most of the benefits won’t apply to their demographic.

    It’s how human nature works. Personal incentive. That’s why the comment section on this site is so mish-mashed – nobody has aligning goals.

    1. Are these your real views or are you just stirring the pot? This is not an Us or Them scenario pitting foreign wealthy Chinese investors/developers against less wealthy American Hispanic residents. For the most part, I think most people like when there is new development or investment in their community. However, if there is not substantial improvement to infrastructure to go along with it everybody’s quality of life suffers.

      1. Agree with you John for the most part, except at the end. Development has been in existence since the dawn of man. It’s in our nature to grow. The key is HOW we grow. You cite lack of “substantial” improvement to infrastructure to grow along with all these developments, well let me ask you – Are we building more single family homes here? This is a MIXED-USE project. By having retail next to residential, this spatial arrangement will incentivize people to walk to nearby amenities instead of drive. As I’ve cited before, the biggest problem with traffic congestion in our streets are SHORT TRIP commutes by car. Sixty-three percent of daily vehicle trips are between one and nine miles in length, according to the 2009 NHTS (https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/policyinformation/pubs/hf/pl11028/chapter4.cfm). By having denser mixed-use projects, we mitigate these short-trips by having more available services within walking distances. When a traffic study is done, LOS (Level-of-service) at traffic intersections next to the project are analyzed. While it measures LOCAL impact, it has its limits. For example, a transit lane can worsen LOS, even if that one lane is for buses that can carry 35+ people per vehicle. As a measuring tool, LOS is blind to lane person-throughput (there’s little difference between a car with one person or a busload of people). LOS doesn’t even capture the eliminated short-trips by car due to walkability. Because of such limitations, SB 743 was introduced which will hopefully be implemented by 2016. It removes LOS from CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) and introduces VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) as one of several new metrics to measure transportation impacts. Here is some info. on VMT(http://streetswiki.wikispaces.com/Vehicle+Miles+Traveled).It tends to look at the broader picture and captures (measures) reduced trip lengths even at the regional level. From the last link:

        “Studies[7] have shown that the following land use and transportation attributes can significantly reduce VMT, by reducing trip lengths, and encouraging alternatives to driving:
        •Placing new development in already developed areas, close to population centers, rather than on the suburban fringe or in exurban (rural) areas.
        •Higher residential densities
        •Higher retail densities
        •Connectivity – direct, rather than circuitous, driving and walking connections
        •A variety of walking-distance destinations, such as groceries, other retail and services, and civic uses
        •Reduced parking supply, and parking located to the rear of buildings
        •Frequent, reliable, and comfortable transit service”

        In my opinion, the suburbs in Southern California are no longer a sustainable model, given the fact that the population continues to grow. We can preserve our low-density areas, but we need to balance that with supporting growth in already dense areas, like our downtown. To manage growth is really to “manage” people’s wants and desires on where to live. The key is to build smarter. We also need more mass transit, and I support more light-rail development in the SGV. In due time, these things will come. We are behind because we eliminated our old streetcar networks and flourished on auto-centric suburbia since the 1950s. You just can’t blame all these new developments without considering historically what brought us up to this situation in the first place. I say we build smarter and move forward.

      2. You’re right & wrong.

        Am I creating an “Us vs. Them” scenario that doesn’t already exist? No. It absolutely exists with or without me pointing it out. Do you have eyeballs?

        HOWEVER – that is an oversimplification of the situation. On the surface it looks like Rich Chinese vs. Americanized Hispanics visually (with middle-class Chinese neutral on the sidelines) – but it’s about ideals, socio-economic class, desires, leverage positioning, everything, all issues that transcend race and creed. (However, why race and class so oddly and deeply intersect in America is a whole different discussion.)

        It’s true that local businesses and infrastructure care less and less about certain demographics and THAT is causing some tension. That’s life. It’s unfair. Life isn’t fair.

      3. Mr. Mooney, your comments and philosophizing always end with the same dismissive sophomoric tone of “so what”and “tough luck, deal with it”. Why continue to state the obvious instead of offering solutions. I believe that people of different cultures and socio-economic backgrounds can work together to improve everyone’s quality of life. Are these your views or are you just angry about the situation and trying to get a rise from someone? If that is the case, I am with you, I understand your frustration.

  15. I would have preferred Trader Joes, but you cant have everything. Im very glad this project is moving so quickly.