By SARAH SHMERLING | Editor-in-Chief
Almost three months after Vintage Grocers shuttered its Palisades Village store on March 15, Erewhon Market opened in its place on Wednesday, June 5—welcoming its first customers at 9 a.m.
The store offers a range of fresh produce, baked goods, ready-to-eat meals, sushi, kombucha, smoothies, raw vegan pumpkin pie and more—all made without refined flour or sugar, corn syrup, and high fructose corn syrup.
“It’s got to be top notch, it’s got to be special,” Store Director Peter Dolan explained of the products to the Palisadian-Post during a tour on June 6. Dolan added that each brand featured throughout Erewhon has an interesting story.
One of the products is a pack of a dozen eggs, which retails for $20.
“It’s the most expensive egg you’ll find on the planet,” Dolan said, but added that it was worth it. Customers seem to agree—only one package of eggs remained on the shelf during the tour.
Erewhon has a range of items available for every diet and restriction, including paleo, keto and Whole30.
“If we can do it gluten free, we do,” Dolan explained.
A couple of features that were changed in the transition from Vintage to Erewhon were the frozen food section, which was made smaller, and the butcher counter, which was completely removed.
A Tonic & Juice Bar, central to each of Erewhon’s locations, was added, which will create concoctions to “bring your body back into balance.”
Dolan explained that over the next few weeks, the store will take inventory of what Palisadians are interested in having more or less of, and will adjust its offerings accordingly.
“We’re just super excited to be here,” Dolan said.
Erewhon, founded in the late 1960s, was purchased by Tony and Josephine Antoci in 2011.
The Palisades iteration of Erewhon marks the store’s fifth location, operating in Calabasas, Santa Monica, Venice and on Beverly Boulevard.
When Vintage closed its doors in the Palisades and Thousand Oaks, a joint statement was released from Erewhon and Vintage, sharing that the brands “joined forces” and were “partnering to rebrand Vintage Grocers’ Palisades Village location.”
As the Post went to print, representatives from Erewhon did not comment on what the details of this partnership looked liked, though Erewhon did hire some of the Vintage staff members to work in the Palisades location and beyond.
The Malibu location of Vintage Grocers remains open, with details of what will replace the Thousand Oaks location in Caruso’s The Promenade at Westlake Village not yet revealed.