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Fancy Erewhon market is headed to Downtown LA’s South Park

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Inside a landmarked parking structure once used by May Co.

Courtesy of Markwood Enterprises

The ground-floor space of a former May Company parking garage in Downtown Los Angeles is set to be transformed into the future home of a new Erewhon market, says a release from the health-food store chain.

The high-end store already has locations in Venice, Beverly Hills, and Calabasas.

Markwood Enterprises, which owns the building, plans to restore the roughly 9,500-square-foot ground-floor space and put the market inside.

“The original location of the space at Ninth and Hill was built as a drug store, and we’re [excited] to reinvent the building through Erewhon’s focus on healing and preserving the body through natural ingredients,” Tony Antoci, CEO of Erewhon Market, said in a statement.

The six-story structure was built in 1927 and designed by Beelman & Curlett, the architects of the Park Plaza Hotel in Westlake and Downtown’s Garfield Building. The garage was built so that May Company customers could park close to the store near Eighth and Hill, now known as the Broadway Trade Center.

The Broadway Trade Center is in the midst of a major renovation and is slated to become a massive mixed-use project that will bring a hotel, a Grand Central Market-style food hall, a private club, multiple bars, and retail to the neighborhood.

Courtesy of UCLA Library Archives

The old May Company garage was “one of the first of its kind to be constructed in Los Angeles at a time when the Auto culture was booming,” according to the structure’s application for historic-cultural landmark status.

There’s no official timeline for the project yet, though a spokesperson for Erewhon tells Curbed that the new Erewhon location in Santa Monica, announced in July, would open before this one.