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Blockbuster Is Leaving '5 Points' Intersection; What Should Take Its Place?

Whether you mourn the loss of Blockbuster or cheer it, one thing is certain: the key retail space will soon be vacant.

I that the Blockbuster Video on Lankershim Boulevard is closing.

The video store was prominently located on a visible corner of the area known to some locals as the 'Five Points' intersection where Lankershim Boulevard, Vineland Avenue and Camarillo Street meet.

The closing has prompted some of our readers to guess or hope for what should take its place.

Patch reader had this to say: "Good riddance to a chain which is so yesterday. Free up the space to a current tenant."

Whether you mourn the loss of Blockbuster or cheer it, one thing is certain: the key retail space will soon be vacant.

So I thought I would pose the question to my readers. What would you like to see take its place?

One reader wrote me an email today, concerned that the space might end up "a T-mobile store or something."

Reader suggested it could be a good location for a new Fresh & Easy, but acknowledged since the supermarket giant had recently opened a location on Sherman Way, as I , it likely has already made a conscious decision not to open a location in the Arts District.

"...the space where Blockbuster was at the Five Points (Blockbuster is closing) may be an option for a Fresh and Easy; however now that they are in North North Hollywood, they may not want another. Sadly, poor planning has hurt NoHo again. We have a new Councilman taking over in July; perhaps he will do better," Higby wrote.

Having been inside the new Fresh and Easy several times and the old Blockbuster countless times, I would say the space seems perhaps just a bit too small for a Fresh & Easy. And as Higby pointed out, Fresh & Easy likely did a full scouting of the NoHo Arts District and decided to pass. Zoning laws would also likely prohibit a grocer from locating there due to the fact that the parking lot would be inadequate.

What do you think? Tell us in the comments below.

Cory March 12, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Maybe something like Farm Boy.
Jerry Beck March 18, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Whole Foods Market, please!
SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT March 19, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Post One of Two A few have mentioned that Fresh & Easy might be a good fit. Another poster mentioned that F&E has closed some locations, and that's true. F&E however is not a "test" by it's London-based parent Tesco. It is true that Tesco's F&E division has yet to turn a profit. What would work in the former Blockbuster/Ralph's location would be Fresh & Easy's new "Express" store concept. In February of this year, F&E opened an Express store in a former Blockbuster in Laguna Niguel. Closer to NoHo, F&E opened an Express store in Burbank, at the southeast intersection of Victory & Buena Vista, directly across the street from Ralph's. The current full-size F&E at Coldwater Canyon and Sherman Way is actually farther away distance-wise from 5 Points than two F&E locations at Victory and Buena Vista and Verdugo & Olive. The Verdugo & Olive F&E is one of the largest square footage size locations in the F&E chain. SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT
SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT March 19, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Post Two of Two If you haven't had a chance to see the new F&E Express store in Burbank, stop by and take a look. It's small, compact size (not much larger than a 7-Eleven) offers fresh and healthy groceries, at modest prices compared to the big chain stores. The little Express store even bakes bread in the store. Another store that would work at that location is the newsmall-size store concept from Petco called Unleashed by Petco. Similar to F&E's "Express" mini-moo sized locations, Unleashed by Petco are much smaller versions of a regular sized Petco. The closest Petco locations to 5 Points are Coldwater Canyon and Ventura, and Victory and Hollywood Way. With the number of pet owners in the immediate area, Petco Unleashed would be a welcome addition for those looking for premium pet foods that the grocery stores do not carry, without having to travel far distances. What do you think will occupy the space, F&E Express, Petco Unleashed or something else? SO_CAL_RETAIL_SLUT
Jonah Fitzsimmons March 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM
I agree about the need for another market in the area, one that's slightly more upscale and carries more variety than Ralph's. Trader Joe's would be great, but the parking won't cut it. I sincerely doubt F&E would expand down in that location. My weigh in: yes, we have MORE than enough wellness centers (no thank you, just look around: NoHo has the largest number of doctors, dentists, chiropractors, veterinarians, pilates and yoga instructors...need I go on?), no drug stores and in general, we have way more than our fair share of restaurants. BUT, in the same breath, I will say one thing we do not have is a location for California Chicken Cafe. This restaurant serves healthy food at a reasonable price, and would be perfect for the space. Just look at any of their other locations: they're extremely popular. CCC gets my vote!

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