Councilmember Gil Cedillo: Save RARE Googie-Style Supermarket: Superior Market (aka Shoppers Market)
  • Petitioned Hon. Council Member Gil Cedillo

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LA Council Member, District One
Hon. Council Member Gil Cedillo
Chief of Staff, CD 1
Arturo Chavez

Councilmember Gil Cedillo: Save RARE Googie-Style Supermarket: Superior Market (aka Shoppers Market)

    1. Petition by

      Highland Park Heritage Trust

Los Angeles is one of the world cities known for Mid-Century Modern architecture. A subset style, called Googie, was pioneered/invented in Los Angeles. Googie (or Space Age design) was one of the most prominent commercial styles in the mid-20th Century. But today, this style is rapidly being lost by demolition or remodeling and is almost extinct.

Highland Park has the last one of its particular supermarket design in the entire City of Los Angeles, currently operated by Superior Markets. Historically called “Shoppers Market,” the 1960 supermarket was designed by prominent shopping center architect Ronald Cleveland. It has been a visible and beloved landmark in the Sycamore Grove area for 53 years. Yet, the current operators, Superior Markets, have announced plans to remodel the building into a Neo-Craftsman design that will cover-over the historic building and erase an irreplaceable architectural resource.

The building was unanimously approved by the Cultural Heritage Commission to become a LA Historic-Cultural Monument. The Highland Park Heritage Trust nominated it for said status with support from LA Conservancy, 2 neighborhood councils (Arroyo Seco and Historic Highland Park), Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance and Montecito Heights Improvement Association. This designation will
not prevent Superior from making any upgrades to the interior of the building and will aid them in preserving a viable business in the City of Los Angeles. It must now be confirmed by the Los Angeles City Council, where the Councilmember for this location (Hon. Gilbert Cedillo) serves on the key Council Committee.

We therefore request that Councilmember Cedillo support this and be the leading advocate to protect LA’s unique architectural legacy. By signing this petition, I/we enthusiastically support designation of the Shoppers Market Building as a Historic-Cultural Monument for the City of LA!

Hon. Council Member Gil Cedillo, LA Council Member, District One
Arturo Chavez, Chief of Staff, CD 1
Please save our RARE Googie-Style Supermarket: Superior Market (aka Shoppers Market) and be the leading advocate to protect LA's unique architectural legacy.

[Your name]

Recent signatures


    1. Support the Designation of the Superior Market - November 5th!

      During the October 22nd public hearing, the Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee continued this item to Tuesday, November 5th to allow Councilmember Cedillo to hear from all sides. Let's do just that!

      Please attend the meeting on Nov. 5 at City Hall and fill out a speaker card on Item No. 13-0611. Make your views known to the committee members on the preservation of Superior Market's unique exterior. You can arrange parking by calling the Council office at (213) 473-7001. The meeting starts at 2:30 p.m. in Room 350.

      If you haven't already, please sign the petition to protect the authentic Googie-style exterior of Superior Market. Councilmember Cedillo will cast a deciding vote on the matter. This petition will let him know how you think he should vote. Please call (213) 473-7001 or write or

      Thank you to all who have supported this nomination!!

      Antonio Castillo, President
      Highland Park Heritage Trust

      The City of Los Angeles

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    2. Tuesday, September 24th - Public Hearing to Consider Designation

      As of today, our online petition to encourage Cedillo to support the designation of the Shoppers Market building has received 774 signatures! Another 70 plus have signed a printed version. Additionally, we have received the support from:
      - Arroyo Seco Neighbohood Council
      - Historic Highland Park Neighborhood Council
      - Highland Park Heritage Trust
      - Los Angeles Conservancy
      - Mt. Washington Homeowners Alliance
      - Montecito Heights Improvement Association

      Clearly there are many in support of the rare Googie-style supermaket building but we still need Cedillo to hear from us.

      The Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee of the LA City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. at LA City Hall (Board of Public Works Edward R. Roybal Hearing Room 350 - 200 N. Spring Street). We encourage everyone to attend and let the PLUM Committee know how important this building is to NELA and to the entire City.


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    3. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • melinda benedek LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Important to recognize true SoCal architectural landmarks

    • Paul Douglas LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Our only historic supermarket is glorious in its Googie style, reflecting the hope of the future in the post-atomic space age. We need to preserve this cultural icon.

    • Camille Paton PASADENA, CA
      • 11 months ago

      Googie style in LA is endangered! Save Googie buildings/signs and keep whimsy alive!!

    • Adam Matijasevic LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 11 months ago

      The past needs to be embraced for the future.

    • marco dimaccio LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 12 months ago

      LA constantly makes the same mistakes over and over again by destroying some of the best architecture in the world and then looking back 50 years later and wondering what those people were thinking about and how this can happen. It's time to start learning from our past mistakes.


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