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Mystery grocery store to take over Orchard’s building

WHITTIER – A grocery store is moving into the former Orchard Supply Hardware site but its identity is Whittier’s best-kept secret.

Whittier’s Design Review Board got a look at the grocery store’s architectural plans last week. The grocery store will utilize the site’s entire 37,466 square feet.

Located at 15225 Whittier Blvd., Orchard occupied the site as an anchor tenant of Friendly Hills Marketplace Shopping Center since opening in 2017. The hardware store closed last year.

On Facebook, Councilman Henry Bouchot said he had “no clue” to the identity of the grocery store.

“Staff has been sworn to secrecy,” he wrote.

The former Orchard Supply Hardware at 15525 Whittier Blvd. in Whittier sits empty on Monday November 11, 2019. (Photo by Keith Durflinger)

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