Plans to expand Pavilions are underway and representatives from the supermarket chain will address the store’s teardown and reconstruction during a community meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 12, in the city.
Officials the from Abertsons, the parent company of Pavilions/Vons, will meet with the public from 6 to 9 p.m., in the South Pasadena Library Community Room, 1115, El Centro Street, to talk about the major project while addressing its timeline.
After a three-year hiatus, plans are back on the books for a complete overhaul of Pavilions at 1213 Fair Oaks Avenue in South Pasadena.
Company officials recently gave an update on the market overhaul during a South Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee meeting.
About three years ago, Pavilions officials held a meeting in town and talked about expansion plans, but the effort was, in large part, put on hold as a result of a merger between Albertsons and Pavilions/Vons in late 2014.
South Pasadena’s City Treasure Gary Pia, who also serves on the Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee, said recently that the grocery chain “really want to do this project and it seemed to resonate well with the committee.”
A major expansion of the store will increase its size from 32,000 square feet to close to 60,000 square feet while providing a larger variety of products and new services.
Architectural plans, according to Pia, calls for moving the physical part of the store from the back of the lot and to bring it forward to the front at Fair Oaks Avenue,” he said. “They would use a podium approach, with parking under the store. It wouldn’t be subterranean parking. They would construct the building on top, or above the parking area, so it’s not like you would be parking (completely) underground.”
Store officials are expected to talk about when construction is set to begin and how long the project will take to finish.