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[KHTS] – After nearly 33 years in Newhall, Tresierras Market closed Sunday night, according to Arturo Tresierras, co-owner and executive vice president of the Latino grocery chain.

“We’re looking for a different location,” said Tresierras, who runs the location with two brothers.

“The downtown Newhall area is transitioning more to a restaurant type of area,” he said, “and supermarkets require vast parking lots and the area is no longer conducive to that.”

The square footage of the storefront was also an issue, Tresierras said.

“The area was kind of small,” Tresierras said, noting that space was less than 10,000 square feet. “Our other stores were much bigger — 25-30,000 square feet — and that’s where we’re more comfortable.”

Tresierras is actively seeking a new location, Tresierras said, adding that he was evaluating locations in the Santa Clarita, San Fernando and Conejo valleys.

Tresierras said company officials have been seeking a new location “for some time,” but they have yet to identify their next spot.

“Typically, it takes about 18 months from the moment you find the place (to the opening of the store),” Tresierras said.

The lease on the Newhall location ends in February.

“We anticipate opening a new store one per year, until we can step that up,” he added, noting the announcement of a new store location in 2014 “could be a possibility.”

The store transferred as many employees as it could to its other three locations, Tresierras said. Nine of the Newhall store’s 28 employees are now working at in either the Pacoima or Santa Paula markets, Tresierras said. The brothers’ third location is in Oxnard.

The Newhall location first opened in 1981, taking the place of Dillenbeck’s Market that had been there previously, according to SCVHistory.com.

In 2005, the company attempted to expand from their 7,000-square-foot Main Street location to a 30,000-square-foot location off of Newhall Avenue, according to a 2005 interview with Executive Vice President Arturo Tresierras, conducted by Leon Worden of SCVTV.

This year marks the company’s 70 anniversary, since it was founded in 1944.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Joseph says:

    The move to the Newhall Ave. site had been announced and Tresierras was all but ready to move in when it was suddenly announced the move was cancelled while the location remained vacant for years with no explanation, which this story doesn’t note. Why didn’t the move happen then?

  2. Denny says:

    This story could have done a better job of explaining why the newly constructed building on Newhall Avenue – touted as being built to house Tresierras – was never occupied by them. It was commonly felt that Tresierras backed out of the Newhall Avenue building when Vallarta announced they were coming to town. However, it would have been nice to have a more in-depth report as to what turned Tresierras away from opening a new store on Newhall Avenue.

  3. Juan says:

    Albertsons is closing in Sierra highway, could be a good place to open tres sierras and is ready to go… Unless Vallarta makes the move first because I think there is enough population to open one…

  4. Bonnie Eaton says:

    Juan has the right idea.

  5. Andrew Lew says:

    When Vallarta arrived in this area, Tresierras was condemned. Tough to compete against a big chain name.

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