The latest on changes around Larchmont Village: As previously discussed on the site, last year four buildings were sold along the boulevard, a move that has brought rising rents, Mom & Pop-store shutterings (Larchmont Hardware closed) and chain restaurant openings (Le Pain Quotidien). Now the LABJ reports the developer insists that updated retail is needed. And a leasing agent talks about national chains, too. It seems a sip of the Jamba Juice is all you need to be converted. It's like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." Via the paper: "Charles Dunn leasing agent David Aschkenasy, who grew up nearby on June Street, said that he remembers about 10 to 15 years ago when several national retailers came to the street. At first, locals were unhappy with the new Blockbuster Video, Starbucks and Jamba Juice, among other businesses. But locals came to enjoy the new shops. “People settled down and started using the products,” he said. “While people are scared of the unknown right now, I think they will be pleasantly surprised."
Meanwhile, just to scare the bejeezus out of Larchmont residents, the LABJ writer wonders aloud if this will stretch will become the next Robertson, which already has a Chanel.
· Will Sleepy Larchmont Wake Up as Next Robertson? [LABJ]
· Larchmont Village Getting Chains; Signatures Wanted, Too [Curbed LA]