Whittier Planning Commission approves...

Whittier Planning Commission approves Sprouts Farmers Market fo...

There are 35 comments on the Whittier Daily News story from Feb 17, 2010, titled Whittier Planning Commission approves Sprouts Farmers Market fo.... In it, Whittier Daily News reports that:

The Planning Commission voted 4-1 Tuesday to approve a new 24,500-square-foot Sprouts Farmers Market to go on the long-vacant former Stats site.

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Large Marge

Whittier, CA

#1 Feb 18, 2010
Just what Whittier needs...another supermarket! Pretty soon we're going to have as many supermarkets as beauty salons....
LaQuanda

United States

#2 Feb 18, 2010
Yes! My favorite store!
Will end my weekly drives to Brea, for sure.
warning the residents

La Habra, CA

#3 Feb 18, 2010
All for Sprouts, but get better people than the 3 in the pictures. Don't trust these guys residents behind Sprouts. Dutra is right on when he says he doesn't agree with the design. Check these guys reputation and you will see why.

Get together and show up at the next council meeting to voice your concerns. Check out your rights and plot your next move.
Smart Asa

Los Angeles, CA

#4 Feb 18, 2010
Oh Yea, another new market. Fresh & Easy just down the way, and now Sprouts! SO What. I "ll stay with Staters!

Since: Apr 09

Location hidden

#5 Feb 18, 2010
Fresh & Easy is retarded.
Sprouts Supporter

Rosemead, CA

#6 Feb 18, 2010
Once again, a reporter has taken creative license with regard to the facts in an attempt to make "news." To be sure, the adjacent residents deserve to be heard and definitely were. I was there at the hearing too. Mr. Sprague's characterization of "numerous" residents boiled down to about 7 total.
4 or 5 residents from Homeland Drive rightfully expressed their concerns with regard to the project, one of them actually said she was definitely in support with a few good suggestions as to how to best mitigate a specific traffic issue. The 2 other residents who spoke are Lindskog residents (to the north of the property). Both spoke in support of the project and understand, all to well, that they share a wall with commercially zoned property. Both are satisfied with the lush landscaping and remodeled wall design to help screen them from potential nuisance (not reported by Mr. Sprague). In a City as large as ours, we will never agree on everything. However, all must agree that we are in desperate need of economic development along Whittier Boulevard. Nobody, including the developer, is interested in offending their neighbors without consideration of how best to address their concerns. It appears that our City staff has worked long and hard on the design of this project, especially the east side of the building that houses the loading dock. It has to go somewhere and naturally the Homeland residents are concerned. However, how did the Lindskog residents feel years ago when the loading dock was proximate to their homes? It is a natural response to default to "Not in my backyard." Unfortunately, these homes have backyards that border a long-time, commercially zoned property. Our City has done its due diligence to make every effort to reduce the negative impacts of this project and we must trust the work they do on our behalf. Many of us have been waiting for retailers like Sprouts to come to our city. Other locations include, Seal Beach, Tustin, Brea, Orange (Villa Park area), Claremont, Culver City (coming soon) and Pasadena. It is a great store and I can't wait to shop there! Please, don't be swayed negatively by one reporter's account. I was there. It's a good thing! Our City leaders know that and will do everything within their power to protect us in the process.
Common Sense

Whittier, CA

#7 Feb 18, 2010
Sprouts is going to be a great addition to our community!

The three men in the picture are well respected members of our community. When it comes to real estate development and design, they are some of the best in the business. Despite what "warning the residents" says, they are extremely trustworthy and I have heard nothing but good things about these guys. I have seen their work before and I think they are very talented and good at what they do. Check their reputation. Furthermore, as members of our community, I doubt they would design something that would disgrace "ye old friendly town" or develop something that would not be beneficial to Whittier. That's just common sense. It's not just our community, it's their community too.

Residents behind Sprouts: You bought a house behind Whittier Boulevard. It doesn't matter what development goes into the old Stats property, there is going to be noise and traffic. You knew that when you bought your house. If you don't want to live behind the noise and traffic of Whittier Boulevard, then you shouldn't have moved there. You should have moved to the much quieter Michigan Park area instead. Again, common sense.

And not developing the Stats property would be a poor decision. Imagine if we hadn't developed the Whittwood center...What would life be like without our beloved Target? Before that development we had to drive twenty minutes to go to the one-stop-shop. Now, with the development of Sprouts, some of us won't have to drive fifteen to thirty minutes to go to a whole foods market.

Since: Jan 09

Duarte, CA

#8 Feb 18, 2010
I was driving down Whittier Bldv. and couldn't help but to notice all of the empty car dealership lots vacant and empty? Huge parcels of land at that.

I used to live there and never thought I'd see that. The city council has their work cut out for them.

I think it's safe to say that we can thank the Obama Administration for this along with the 3 million jobs that have been lost in the past year.

And the sad part is that these where American car dealerships which had been there since the 1970's and 80's. What a shame that the stimulus package that was passed by the Democrats to save jobs and create jobs could not save these dealerships?

Anyway, I hope that your Farmers Market does well.

Good Luck.
Sal

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Feb 18, 2010
@Common Sense: "Sprouts is going to be a great addition to our community!" No it's not. Thats a bunch of S...Sprouts is an over priced "speciality" store that caters to upper middle class.
Mark Stephens

Sun City, CA

#10 Feb 18, 2010
Wow and Awesome...... I'm so happy to have this news. Finally a higher end grocer coming our way.....Now tear down those empty car dealerships and bring me a Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Banana Republic, Gap and a Houstons Restaurant and I won't go and spend all that money in Pasadena anymore:) There is hope!
ole Bob

Whittier, CA

#11 Feb 18, 2010
Mark Stephens wrote:
Wow and Awesome...... I'm so happy to have this news. Finally a higher end grocer coming our way.....Now tear down those empty car dealerships and bring me a Whole Foods, Bristol Farms, Banana Republic, Gap and a Houstons Restaurant and I won't go and spend all that money in Pasadena anymore:) There is hope!
The demographics of the city will not support any of the above because criminal aliens won't buy overpriced "gringo" goods. The old Ford dealer lot should be used to park Taco Trucks. The old Chrysler dealer should be planted with grass for a "take picture with a donkey" concession and strolling mariachi banda's. Sprouts in order to sucessful will need 60 ft of shelf space for dried chilies, Spanish signage, a pinata corner, and a few fly ridden fresh fruit, pork rinds, and a selection of beverages no one leagally in the country would drink. The Caddie dealer should be turned into a "hire a Mexican" lot. Inside there could be a Western Union to send money home, a booth selling phone cards, and a gun shop with look the other way policies.
Whittier Gal

La Habra, CA

#12 Feb 18, 2010
Sal wrote:
@Common Sense: "Sprouts is going to be a great addition to our community!" No it's not. Thats a bunch of S...Sprouts is an over priced "speciality" store that caters to upper middle class.
And what is wrong with that? What would you prefer another Goodwill or 99 cent store? Maybe if Whittier had more stores that cater to the "upper middle class," we would have to make less trips out of the city to get what we want and need. I, for one, am excited that the city seems to be moving in the right direction - UP!
pepe le pew

Saint Louis, MO

#13 Feb 18, 2010
Large Marge wrote:
Just what Whittier needs...another supermarket! Pretty soon we're going to have as many supermarkets as beauty salons....
some of us in whittier do not like ghetto markets like food for less.

Since: Nov 09

Whittier, CA

#14 Feb 18, 2010
ole Bob wrote:
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The demographics of the city will not support any of the above because criminal aliens won't buy overpriced "gringo" goods. The old Ford dealer lot should be used to park Taco Trucks. The old Chrysler dealer should be planted with grass for a "take picture with a donkey" concession and strolling mariachi banda's. Sprouts in order to sucessful will need 60 ft of shelf space for dried chilies, Spanish signage, a pinata corner, and a few fly ridden fresh fruit, pork rinds, and a selection of beverages no one leagally in the country would drink. The Caddie dealer should be turned into a "hire a Mexican" lot. Inside there could be a Western Union to send money home, a booth selling phone cards, and a gun shop with look the other way policies.
LOL

Scary, yet so true... it's not a matter of will this happen BUT when this happens. I have lived in Whittier my entire life (39 years) and I have yet to see (with the exception of the Whittwood revamp) any meaningful or significant improvement to this city. There used to be a time when the delineation between "East LA" and Whittier was noticeable... now not so much.

As long as Section 8 Housing or the equivalent low income housing is a part of the conversation Whittier will never recover from this economic mess it finds itself in.
bug a boo

Whittier, CA

#15 Feb 18, 2010
Sal wrote:
@Common Sense: "Sprouts is going to be a great addition to our community!" No it's not. Thats a bunch of S...Sprouts is an over priced "speciality" store that caters to upper middle class.
What's wrong with that? Lower income folks can shop at Food for Less or Bargain Barn...Costco is there for those high-volume shoppers. There are plenty of upper middle class folks in E. Whittier and La Habra Heights who will shop Sprouts if it is a good store.
Whittier neighbor

Whittier, CA

#16 Feb 18, 2010
ole Bob wrote:
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The demographics of the city will not support any of the above because criminal aliens won't buy overpriced "gringo" goods. The old Ford dealer lot should be used to park Taco Trucks. The old Chrysler dealer should be planted with grass for a "take picture with a donkey" concession and strolling mariachi banda's. Sprouts in order to sucessful will need 60 ft of shelf space for dried chilies, Spanish signage, a pinata corner, and a few fly ridden fresh fruit, pork rinds, and a selection of beverages no one leagally in the country would drink. The Caddie dealer should be turned into a "hire a Mexican" lot. Inside there could be a Western Union to send money home, a booth selling phone cards, and a gun shop with look the other way policies.
Ole Bob...do you still live in Whittier? If so, why not just move out and quit complaining and ragging on our town. So are all Hispanics poor in Whittier? I live in East Whittier in a mostly white neighborhood and the Hispanics who are my neighbors are educated, higher income and want the same for their family as I do and are good citizens. Do you live in a crap area of Whittier? Sounds like it and you seriosuly have racist issues. I feel sorry for you...from one gringo to another.
Common Sense

Whittier, CA

#17 Feb 18, 2010
And by the way, "warning the residents"...

If you have the audacity to talk trash behind the backs of some of our community members, then maybe you should have the guts to say your name rather than hide behind the smoke screen of an alias. It seems like you have a number of personal issues and feelings of hatred towards either one or all three of the men in charge of the development. Either way, it would be in the best interest of the community if you kept your personal feelings separate from the professional affairs of our community.

chuckles

Whittier, CA

#18 Feb 18, 2010
im not that excited by a damm grocery store.there are 3 ralphs, 2 stater bros, 1 vons, 1 albertsons, and a crap loads of specialty food stores. couldnt that space be utilized better?
ole Bob

Whittier, CA

#19 Feb 19, 2010
Whittier neighbor wrote:
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Ole Bob...do you still live in Whittier? If so, why not just move out and quit complaining and ragging on our town. So are all Hispanics poor in Whittier? I live in East Whittier in a mostly white neighborhood and the Hispanics who are my neighbors are educated, higher income and want the same for their family as I do and are good citizens. Do you live in a crap area of Whittier? Sounds like it and you seriosuly have racist issues. I feel sorry for you...from one gringo to another.
I don't understand the point of your remarks. I said nothing about "Hispanics" which is a contrived ethnic group created by the government in 1978 that includes all persons of any stripe from 26 countries.

I am allowed by my creator to express my opinion and it is offensive to the traditional notions of American freedom for you attempt to cut off free speech and demand the geographical area be reserved for people who agree with your adjenda. I will never subscribe to political correctness that seeks to undermine the fundamental principles that this country was founded upon.

My thought as expressed concerned criminal aliens. Your post brought up "Hispanics." I am sure if we compared census data of the anecdotal reference you made to East Whittier neighbors they would be the exceptions that prove the rule illustrated in my wit-laced observations.

My post was funny. Yours is race baiting.
whittier resident

AOL

#20 Feb 19, 2010
Common Sense wrote:
And by the way, "warning the residents"...
If you have the audacity to talk trash behind the backs of some of our community members, then maybe you should have the guts to say your name rather than hide behind the smoke screen of an alias. It seems like you have a number of personal issues and feelings of hatred towards either one or all three of the men in charge of the development. Either way, it would be in the best interest of the community if you kept your personal feelings separate from the professional affairs of our community.
Unfortunately, I have to agree with him on the Pickards. Very unprofessional in their past business affairs with friends and acquaintences of mine. Abbatte's a good guy though. Good luck Mike.

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