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South Bay Business: Gelson’s growth plans, hotel bar plans, fans on fire

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A rendering of the proposed store. Courtesy of Paragon Commercial Group

A rendering of the proposed Gelson’s Market at 8th Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. Courtesy of Paragon Commercial Group

Buy and build

Growing businesses often choose between building a new store or buying an existing one. Gelson’s Markets plans to do both. The upscale supermarket plans to build a new 27,000 square foot store at Eighth Street and Sepulveda Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. It is also bidding on eight of the Haggen Foods being closed in Southern California. None of the eight include the three Haggens that are being closed in Redondo Beach — two in Pacific Coast Highway in South Redondo and one on Artesia Boulevard in North Redondo.

Clash hotel, a 30-room boutique hotel in development on Hermosa Avenue. Rendering courtesy Envirotechno

Clash hotel, a 30-room boutique hotel in development on Hermosa Avenue hopes to add a bar. Rendering courtesy Envirotechno


Hermosa’s conflicted attitude toward liquor sales has long blocked hotels from having bars.

Hotel Hermosa and the Clash hotel are hoping to end that policy when they go before the Hermosa Beach Planning Commission Tuesday night to request permission to sell beer and wine in their common floor areas. The 81 room Hotel Hermosa on Pacific Coast Highway, at Artesia Boulevard, was purchased last year by Pacifica Hotels. It operates 24 hotels in California, including the Redondo Beach Hotel on Harbor Drive, across from King Harbor. Last spring Pacifica completed a $13 million renovation of the former Redondo Best Western.

The Clash is a 30 room hotel planned for the long vacant property at 1429 Hermosa Avenue.

Planning commission meetings are held in the city council chambers, beginning at 7 p.m.

Four bottles of beer, one bottle of wine

State Assemblyman David Hadley (R-Manhattan Beach, California) is wagering four bottles of Strand beer that the Dodgers will beat the New York Mets in the National League Division playoffs.

Hadley’s bet is with New York Assemblyman James Skoufis (D- Woodbury), who is betting a bottle of Brotherhood wine that the Mets will win.

The four to one payout is less a reflection of the Dodgers’ advantage than the vintage of the respective beverage producers. Strand Brewer, in Torrance, was founded in 2009. Brotherhood Winery, in the Hudson Valley, is America’s oldest winery. It was founded in 1839

The New York Assemblyman’s district includes the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where Hadley’s son Jack is a third-year cadet.

The loser will pay up in the main mess  hall at West Point during the lunch hour on Monday, November 2. If the Dodgers win, Assemblyman Skoufis will wear a Clayton Kershaw shirt and will announce to the 4,000 assembled cadets that “the Dodgers reign supreme.” If the Mets win, Hadley will wear a Wilmer Flores shirt and declare the Mets supreme.

Then, in the finest tradition of New York politics, the two assemblyman will retire to the bar of the Thayer Hotel to settle up.

Realtors David and Jennifer Caskey changed their signs to pink this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Realtors David and Jennifer Caskey changed their signs to pink this month in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

Signs of hope

David and Jennifer Caskey of Caskey and Caskey Realtors are changing their traditional Shorewood blue “for sale” signs to pink this month to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness month. Caskey and Caskey began the practice last year. A portion of proceeds from all October listings and sales are donated to the Cancer Support Community Redondo Beach. Last year’s donations supported two leaves on the Tree of Life at the Redondo Beach center. One leaf was dedicated to the memory of a friend who died that year. The other was dedicated to a friend who overcame cancer last year.

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Blazing fan sales

On a recent Thursday morning, Triangle Hardware received a shipment of 30 fans. By 3 p.m. every fan was sold. “Yes, it’s the most fans we’ve ever sold in a day,” said Chuck, who has worked at the Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach store for nearly two decades.

HB Farmers market ribbon cutting

Firefighters, civic leaders and Hermosa Chamber members celebrated the grand opening of the Chamber-sponsored Farmers Market on Pier Plaza last week.

Two farmers markets are better than one

The new downtown Hermosa Beach Farmers Market celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, October 14 with a ribbon cutting attended by city and chamber of commerce representative and local business owners. The market on Pier Plaza opened last month and is sponsored by the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce. It’s open Wednesdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Hermosa Beach Rotary Club sponsors a second Hermosa Beach Farmers Market on Valley Drive and 11th Street. It is open Fridays, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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