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Fresh & Easy Testing Out Mini Concept in Mid-City

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Yesterday, Fresh & Easy opened its first "Express" mini-grocery store concept in LA with a new outpost at La Cienega and Eighteenth St. (another Express is opening soon to San Pedro). The store, which replaces a defunct used car dealership, is only 3,000 square feet, compared to the typical 10,000 square foot stores. According to the Fresh & Easy Buzz blog, the Express stores are a "test" for British parent company Tesco. It'll be interesting to see if Angelenos take to the "bigger-than-bodegas, smaller-than-TJs" stores, which come with limited parking. A reader tells us that the store was packed yesterday with people lining up ahead of the opening, but he did hear grumbles that it wasn't "a full grocery store." He also points out that this is La Cienega's only grocery store between Sunset and the 405, and holy cow, we think he's right.
· A Look at New Fresh & Easy Express [Fresh & Easy Buzz]
· Despite Design Concerns Crenshaw F&E Approved [Curbed LA]