New Pasadena Stater Bros. Market Officially Opens Wednesday Morning

New market replaces longtime Von’s location on Allen Avenue at Washington Boulevard; will serve North Pasadena and East Altadena

Published : Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | 5:36 AM

Just in time for the beginning of the holiday season, a new 42,000-square foot Stater Bros. supermarket is scheduled to open its doors in Pasadena Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. following an official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The new operation replaces a former Vons store which operated at the 1390 North Allen Avenue location for 47 years before closing last April.

Immediately following the festivities, the store will officially open for business, and after Wednesday it will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The location will be led by Store Manager Christy Gragg, who has over 28 years of service with the Company.

Gragg has overseen the hiring of close to 100 employees for the new store, according to a company statement.

“We are excited to expand our presence in the San Gabriel Valley,” said Stater Bros. CEO Pete Van Helden.

Stater Bros. said in a statement that the store features an updated store layout in addition to interior upgrades such as new flooring, energy efficient LED lighting, and a décor scheme reflecting Pasadena’s rich history.

The store is the 26th Stater Bros. location in Los Angeles County, the company’s 14th store to serve the San Gabriel Valley, and the first Stater Bros Market in Pasadena.

The market will serve a wide swath of North Pasadena and Altadena.

Local leaders said the new market will be a boon to neighborhoods and the local economy.

“People in the neighborhood seem excited about having Stater Bros open in time for Thanksgiving shopping,” said Councilmember Margaret McAustin. “So many neighborhoods are served by this location at Allen and Washington, I’m sure I’ll see plenty of friends and neighbors shopping there.”

Noting changes in the retail marketplace, McAustin added, “ This is a time when many retailers are closing brick and mortar stores, so to have Stater Bros. make such a significant investment in Pasadena is exciting. No doubt we will see the effects of their investment in our local economy. It’s nice to have a neighborhood store open again.”

Seeing the store as a significant vote of confidence in the local economy, Pasadena Chamber of Commerce CEO Paul Little said, “It’s exciting to have Stater Brothers opening at Allen and Washington for several reasons.”

“I live in the neighborhood,” said Little, “and it would very nice to have a full service grocery store back for the neighbors to take advantage of, but it’s also nice that it’s Stater Brothers, which adds a little bit of variety and a little more competition to the market as well. They’re a well-known and well-run operation. So we’re looking forward to that, and we’re looking forward actually to cutting a ribbon to celebrate their grand opening on Wednesday morning.”

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