2013-10-03 / Business

New health food store for Calabasas

Erewhon replaces Maddy’s Market
By Sylvie Belmond

Health food enthusiasts in the Las Virgenes region will soon have a new venue catering to their needs.

Erewhon, a gourmet natural food market, is slated to move into The Summit at Agoura and Lost Hills roads in mid-January.

The grocery store will lease the entire 16,250-square-foot space previously occupied by Maddy’s Market.

Founded in 1966 in Boston, Erewhon is one of the oldest natural food stores in the country.

The business specializes in bringing local and organic produce straight from the farm to its customers.

The local store will have an organic tonic and juice bar.

In addition to selling nutrient rich foods that are produced sustainably, the new store will carry wellness and beauty products and household items.

“We are the leaders in raw and organic foods in Los Angeles,” said Victor Grenner, store manager for Erewhon.

The new store will bring healthy alternatives to residents in the Las Virgenes region.

“We feel it’s an active and health-conscious community,” Grenner said, adding that the mission of his company is to inspire people to eat better and live longer.

“ We provide outstanding product at a fair market price. Our produce is 100 percent organic, and we have freshpressed juices that people will love,” Grenner said.

Since purchasing Erewhon in 2011, Tony and Josephine Antoci have been working to expand the company.

After construction delays, Erewhon recently backed out of a plan to build a store at Trancas Country Mart in Malibu.

Maddy’s, which opened at The Summit nearly three years ago, employed more than 40 people at its peak, but due to economic difficulties the gourmet market scaled back operations in January, and the market closed its doors for good on March 1.

“They had a nice concept, but it wasn’t fulfilled,” said Grenner, who worked at Maddy’s for a brief period before joining Erewhon two years ago.

The store director, who previously lived in Thousand Oaks, said he will move from Malibu to Calabasas to oversee the operations at the new Erewhon store.

Bob Haas of Cypress Retail Group represented The Summit landlord in the new lease transaction.

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