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Lazy Acres Market opens in Hermosa Beach with Hermosa View and Valley Parent Teacher Organization fundraiser

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Getting a first bite at the apple at the new Lazy Acres Natural Market in Hermosa Beach are store manager David Schaefer (center) and Hermosa Beach Mayor Jeff Duclos and Manhttan Beach Mayor Steve Napolitano. Photo by JP Cordero

Lazy Acres Natural Market hosted a fundraiser for the Hermosa View and Valley Parent Teacher Organization Wednesday evening, in anticipation of its grand opening  this coming Saturday, Oct. 13. The store  opened to the public Thursday morning.  Lazy Acres is located at the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Pacific Coast Highway in a structure that until recently was used by Hope Chapel. It  previously housed an Albertson’s Grocery Store and, before that, a Lucky’s.

The Hermosa location is the chain’s fifth store, all of which are in Southern California. Along with groceries, Lazy Acres features a sprawling array of in-store dining options, including a poke bar, taco bar, deli, and bakery. It also has a specialized in-store natural living consultant, and a hive has been built into the structure to help the local bee population. The store’s sizeable kitchen facilities allow it to host  community cooking and nutrition classes featuring chefs from local restaurants, said Joe Ragusa, senior director of marketing and merchandising for Lazy Acres.

The store is part of a trend of higher-end grocery stores opening or expanding in the South Bay in recent years, including  the Trader Joe’s on Aviation Boulevard and PCH, and the forthcoming Gelson’s on Sepulveda Boulevard and 8th Street in Manhattan Beach. ER

Photos by JP Cordero

 

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