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Roma Market Plans Little Italy Expansion

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.

Roma Market, Little Italy

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.

Roma Market, Little Italy

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.

Roma Market, Little Italy

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.

Hanson's Market, Little Italy

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.

Hanson's Market, Little Italy

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.

Hanson's Market, Little Italy

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:

What’s Going On with Hanson’s Market?

It’s still a ghost town at what was supposed to be the home of the new Hanson’s Market in Little Italy. We expected the San Clemente-based grocery store to open by summer, but there hasn’t been much activity in the space at Ariel Suites on Kettner Blvd.

Hanson's Market

If it still happens, the much-needed neighborhood grocery store will feature natural and organic foods on the first floor and a deli on the second. Their Facebook page hasn’t been updated since February.

Pan Bon

Next door, Italian bakery and deli Pan Bon appears to be a little better off, with its windows now covered. No word on when either business will open.

Hanson’s Market Still On the Way

A much-needed grocery store is still in the works at the base of Ariel Suites, the new residential tower at Kettner and Beech. It will be the second location for organic grocer Hanson’s Market, which first opened in San Clemente in 2011. That location gets high marks for its fresh and healthy options.

Owner Ron Castruita plans to open the Little Italy store by this summer—maybe even earlier. The two-story floorplan, submitted to the city for final review last month, features natural and organic groceries on the first floor and a large deli on the second floor.

Hanson's Market

We’re guessing they’ll have outdoor seating on that patio overlooking Kettner Blvd. The deli will be open into the early evening, serving fresh dishes and—you guessed it—craft beers. Being the sandwich lovers we are, we can’t wait to see how theirs stack up.

Hanson's Market

Looks like they still have some work to do.

Hanson's Market

Just as in San Clemente, the new Hanson’s Market will rely on feedback from the local community to shape its selection of products and menu items. While you can expect to find all your favorite gluten-free and fair trade goods, they welcome requests for items you think they should carry. We think that’s pretty cool.