SIGNAL HILL : Need for Supermarket in City to Be Explored

The city's Redevelopment Agency has commissioned a study of whether there is enough demand for a supermarket in the city.

Signal Hill does not have a supermarket, a void that city officials have been trying to fill for several years. Food store chains have resisted the effort primarily because there already are several supermarkets just outside the city limits in Long Beach, said City Manager Douglas N. La Belle.

The Redevelopment Agency hired the Retail Research Group to gauge the potential sales of a 50,000-square-foot supermarket on an undetermined site near the intersection of Cherry Avenue and Willow Street. The $10,500 study is expected to be completed by mid-April.

The agency, which is run by the City Council, launched the study in hopes of attracting an Albertson's store. Albertson's officials said they would be willing to consider opening a store in this city of 8,500 residents if the agency paid for the study, La Belle said.

The closest thing to a supermarket in Signal Hill is the Price Club discount store, which sells food in bulk.

"But we need a supermarket that has a broader range of goods," La Belle said.

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