Apple Tree Supermarket Reopens In San Diego's Ocean Beach Neighborhood

May 22, 2017

After a nearly 5 year hiatus, the highly anticipated Apple Tree Market reopens today in the heart of San Diego's Ocean Beach neighborhood, taking over the former Bank of America building at 4976 Newport Avenue.

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 make way for the opening of another CVS Pharmacy. Owner Saad Hirmez and family have been working vigilantly to reopen and have finished a nearly $2 million renovation of the former Bank of America building on the corner of Newport Avenue & Bacon Street.

Hirmez actually bought the 9,800 square foot building that now houses 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 has limited what it carries, specifically many products that patrons could find in nearby drugstores like laundry items and beauty products.

The new Apple Tree is devoted to carrying natural foods, with at least 40% of food items expected to be organic. They 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 have been removed and two new machines installed at the front of the new market. Both the two back parking lots – the lots that front on Santa Monica – have been combined with the side parking lot next to the building, so the new Apple Tree will offer plenty of parking to customers.