Officials broke ground Monday at an empty lot that will be home to a large supermarket catering to the neighborhood's heavily Latino population by year's end.
Construction of a 25,000-square-foot Liborio market on the northeast corner of Pico Boulevard and Alvarado Street should be completed by November, said Henry Azarloza, controller for the family-owned, Los Angeles-based grocery company.
The city Community Redevelopment Agency selected Liborio in January 1997 to build a supermarket at the site, which has been unoccupied for about 10 years, Azarloza said.
The market initially will employ 60 to 70 people and serve 1 million customer visits a year, he said.
Products from Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean will be featured at the store, Azarloza said.