When the Albertsons grocery store at the corner of Harbor & Wilson closed many long time fans were not happy to lose their local grocery store. Yes there is a Vons at Harbor & Adams but not everyone has cars or easy access to transportation.
The closure of Albertsons location was somewhat offset by the announcement that Northgate Markets would open a new grocery concept in the same location but it would be about a year before the store would open. People weren’t happy about the delay but the concept sounded interesting with many stalls inside the store cooking up fresh food.
Now two years after the Albertson store closed we still have a shuttered store with plywood on the windows and doors without a local grocery store in the Harbor & Wilson area. At one point Northgate Markets were working on the store and hiring management for the store on Glassdoor.com
I have contacted Northgate
Hopefully as we enter 2022 things change and the store is able to open although as the current pandemic situation looks like it could be getting a little worse which would delay a opening. There is a good chance that the locals in this part of Costa Mesa will be without a local grocery store for quite a while.
Update August 20th 2022:
Most of 2022 has gone by with no Northgate Costa Mesa opening and it looks like it will be 2023 at the earliest before we see the new supermarket. Originally the reason for the delay often stated was the issue with getting enough employees to run a new store. Yes there is still a lot of job openings in the local Northgate stores but i think many factors combined in to why the store was delayed.
Outfitting and filling a store with merchandise as well as hiring employees at a time of great uncertainty for all retail is tough. Just dealing with the original stores, with customers, employees, masks, sanitizer, social distancing etc during the pandemic became a huge part of doing business.
The planed format for the new Northgate Costa Mesa with a more open store format like a real market with open spaces instead of aisles also is challenge especially during the time when social distancing was required. Hopefully Northgate Costa Mesa will open some time next year as the residents in this part of Costa Mesa need a nearby local supermarket.