Apple Tree Market Returns To Ocean Beach This March

January 26, 2017

Apple Tree Market was Ocean Beach's sole full time grocery store from 1989 until it was ousted from its space at 4949 Santa Monica Avenue in late 2012 to allow for the opening of a CVS Pharmacy. Owner Saad Hirmez and family have been searching vigilantly working to reopen and are currently finishing a $1.5 million renovation of the former Bank of America building at 4976 Newport Avenue for an anticipated March return.

Hirmez actually bought the 9,800 square foot building that will soon house the Apple Tree Market revival back in 2001, anticipating issues with his landlord, and it has been vacant for a few years now. Being that the new building is much smaller than the previously location, nearly half the size, Apple Tree Market will have to limit what it carries, specifically many products that patrons could find in nearby drugstores like laundry items and beauty products.

The new Apple Tree will be devoted to carrying natural foods, with at least 40% of food items expected to be organic. They will have a full meat department and butcher shop, a produce department, a soup and salad bar, and a variety of specialty grocery items, as well as beer, wine and spirits. In order to increase the amount of parking spaces for patrons, the Bank of America ATMs previously located behind the building will be removed and two new machines will be installed at the front of the new market.