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Construction at New Grocery Stores Moving Along

Both Fresh & Easy and Whole Foods report they will be coming to Laguna Niguel in 2012.

Laguna Niguel appears to be a haven for new grocery stores.

For months Laguna Niguel Patch has been following the progress of and

Both stores are reportedly opening in 2012, according to their representatives. However, it looks like Fresh & Easy will be first as a big, green banner now appears on the front facade stating "Opening Feb. 1."

While Laguna Niguel will gain a store, the parent company, British-based Tesco, announced Tuesday that it is closing 12 stores, two in Orange County, Anaheim and Fountain Valley, due to poor sales.

Company spokesman Brendan Wonnacott confirmed that the Laguna Niguel store will indeed open on Feb. 1 at 8 a.m.

In recent weeks, where the new store is being built, have expressed concern over slow progress and that construction workers are taking up parking places.

Whole Foods, which officially is set to open "spring 2012," according to representatives.

"We will be starting our marketing outreach very soon," representatives said. 

The location, a former Tall Mouse craft store, also Norm Shaughnessy.

Which store are you looking forward to coming to town? Take our poll.

Lisa Bradley January 15, 2012 at 06:36 AM
yes in May....!
Debbie L. Sklar January 15, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Hi Lisa: How do you know WF is opening in May? Are you an employee?
Lisa Bradley January 15, 2012 at 06:36 PM
My husband is the southern pacific regional president of Whole Foods.. We live close by so I am thrilled to have one in the neighborhood. Finally.. = )))
Mary March 23, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Fresh & Easy is a JOKE. It's Food-4-Less trying to "green-wash" it's image. Their produce section is pathetic at best, but closer to nonexistent. I went in to one once in Arizona and the only thing "fresh" were pre-washed, pre-cut, pre-packaged baby carrots in a plastic bag :-( Not a single Certified Organic ANYTHING to be found at all, either. Was a waste of time & gas. Nothing 'fresh' or 'easy' about it.
Debbie L. Sklar March 23, 2012 at 07:36 PM
@Mary: Interesting observations re Fresh & Easy.

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