Sunday, December 14, 2008


I looked out the window last night and saw men working on taking down the Vons sign.The red plastic cover was already off the "S". A neighborhood store that served the community for decades, was being dismantled under cover of darkness. I grabbed my camera and dashed across the street to capture the final moments but by the time I crossed the street the men had lowered the cherry picker. I missed my action shot and just stood in the night watching through the gate.

Feeling bummed, I walked back across the street and took one last glance, and there it was again, up by the sign. Too far in now, off I went back across the street, steadied the camera on the gate and took the shot.

As the shutter closed I snapped one last shot, with the aperture open long enough to pierce the dark. As the picture snapped I thought something was wrong because all I saw through my view finder was black. In the moment it took for the shutter to close...the sign had gone dark. Vons was no more.



  1. Looks like Big Saver Foods is going to use that space.

  2. Hard to say, the signs just say go visit Big Saver at 2 other locations, they don't actually say future site of... I await something concrete...oh if only Santa would bring me a Trader Joes or a Fresh & Easy for Christmas!

  3. Personally, I hated that Vons with a passion. Trader Joes or Fresh & Easy would be awesome but I highly doubt either one would open there any time soon. Kind of sad because despite how the neighborhood looks it was always good to me when I lived there. All it needs is a little bit of touching up, either one of those stores would be a great start.

  4. Personally I always hated that Vons with a passion. It would be nice to see a Fresh & Easy or a Trader Joes there but I highly doubt either one would open in that neighborhood anytime soon. It's sad too because despite how the area looks it was always good to me. It'd be nice to see a little touching up around there. Regardless of what opens up in that location they really need to take down the security gate.

  5. I heard that Smart and Final will be moving from their current location on Pasadena Ave to the larger Vons location.