A new Italian specialty market is in the works for Little Italy. Pasadena-based Roma Market recently announced plans to take over the first-floor corner of an office building at Columbia and West Beech.
The family behind Roma Market opened the original location in Alhambra in the 1950s before later relocating the store to Pasadena.
Just last month, Roma Market kicked off its San Diego expansion with the grand opening of a new Escondido store. The neighborhood market offers wines and pastas imported from Italy, as well as homemade breads, sauces, and meatballs.
A cafe at the Escondido location serves hot and cold sandwiches, as well as salads and pizzas made with house-made dough. You can expect a similar setup at the Little Italy location.
Eater San Diego reported last month that the Little Italy market isn’t likely to open until next year, but that construction should begin soon. They plan to open up the glass and add a large outdoor patio.
Just two blocks west on Kettner Blvd, we had to check in on the long-delayed Hanson’s Market. If you’ve wondered what’s taking so long on the natural and organic grocery store, you’re not alone. After several questions from curious folks on Facebook, Hanson’s replied last month to say that permits are taking longer than expected. No kidding.
Little has changed inside the Hanson’s Market space, which is located on the first floor of the new Ariel Suites tower at Kettner and West Beech.
Some residents have questioned the “available” signs posted out front, which we also think is a little odd with the “coming soon” banner hanging above.
All these months later, we’re still not sure what’s going on with Hanson’s.
Update: On Twitter, @trisaratops23 responded to let us know that Hanson’s Market is no longer coming to the neighborhood:
— Sara F. (@trisaratops23) March 17, 2015