At an open house last week, Regency Centers unveiled plans for a reshuffled Granada Village Shopping Center, which will include a new Sprouts supermarket and relocating Rite Aid to the center's northeast corner, along Zelzah Street just north of Chatsworth.
Cheerful artist's renderings of the Village's reopening on display at the event depicted the now-lifeless east end of the shopping center reimagined as a bright and bustling destination during a future in which everyone will drive either a tan AMC Gremlin or a grey Hyundai Excel.
Old-timey Granada Hillsians may remember the incipient Rite Aid location as the former home of the Granada Brunswick Lanes and the place where David Lula had his 6th birthday party and I spilled my root beer all over the table. More recently, the site was home to a Ralph's supermarket that was consistently humiliated by its flashier and more popular big sister across the street, and most contentiously, the site of an abrogated Kohl's department store.
Many years after the noise of fighting has died down, the overwhelming sentiment at present seems to be that the space just needs to be filled with something — anything — that will drown out the echoing rattle of desolate vacancy and usher in a new era of peace and prosperity.
Construction equipment should do nicely to fill up the silence; beginning in just a few short weeks, plans are in place to begin construction on the new stores and to tear up the existing Granada Village parking lot in stages in order to get at and refurbish the pipes and wires underneath.
Granada Village's new stores are expected to open in Fall of 2011.