Before Whole Foods, DTLA to get an Urban Outfitters

rialto-theatre-lamag.jpgThe inexorable shift of downtown's Broadway commercial corridor from immigrant Latinos to New Downtowners is about to reach a new milestone. Work is proceeding quickly on the Urban Outfitters retail store that is going in the former Rialto theatre, which dates from 1917. It will open long before the Whole Foods development that got so much attention this week. Chris Nichols checks in on the progress at Los Angeles magazine's CityThink blog:

Earlier this week, Whole Foods market announced that they would be building a store in Downtown Los Angeles. The new grocery will be located inside a future high rise where Bottega Louieā€™s parking lot currently stands, but that project is still several years down the road. Urban Outfitters is way ahead of them....Downtown has some of the most beautiful buildings in the city. Things are changing so rapidly, and historic details hidden for decades seem to emerge every week.

Related: Nichols says that last weekend's new Downtown Flea drew a massive crowd. Plus a gallery at Racked LA.

Also: New at the Grand Central Market are "handcrafted, seasonally flavored popsicles from Sweet Clementine's." Coming soon, says the market: DTLA Cheese, The Oyster Gourmet, Egg Slut and Olio Pizzeria GCM.

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