After Much Hype, Roma Urban Market Shutters In San Diego's Little Italy After Less Than 18 Months In Business

February 19, 2019

It was two years in the making when it finally opened in fall 2017, but Roma Market in San Diego's Little Italy has already shuttered.

Roma Market was first founded in Alhambra, CA in 1953 before relocating to Pasadena. The Italian deli and retail marketplace has been family owned for the better part of three generations. A second location opened in Escondido in late 2014, but has long since closed for good despite rumors of an impending return. The long-awaited Little Italy outpost actually caused a rift of sorts within the company, resulting in the San Diego venture being transferred to a new corporate entity independent from the Pasadena branch. The 8,900 San Diego Roma opened in late September 2017.

To many, the closure of Roma Urban Market comes as little surprise, as the restaurant and grocery seemed to be mismanaged, inconsistent and overpriced from the start. Although the San Diego location is no more, the flagship branch in Pasadena remains in operation. There is no word yet on a new tenant for the space at 555 W Beech Street.