It regularly fills its shelves with items like Lebanese olive oil and Middle Eastern biscuits that customers special order, something that an independent store can do much more quickly and spontaneously than a corporate market, Malouf said.
But with Vons renovating to position itself as a more attractive Montrose grocery option, and as Trader Joe’s negotiates with Glendale officials for a ground lease agreement at Orangedale and Honolulu avenues, some of the business that Cordon’s Ranch now relies on could soon be moving down the street, Malouf said.
Malouf complained that the lone independent grocer in town was not notified of talks with Trader Joe’s and argued that the proposed store would only produce revenue for the city through a ground lease agreement without regard to the impact on existing businesses.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center is one of the city’s most power-hungry facilities, with the hum of high-energy equipment audible 24-hours a day, but change is underway.
The hospital doesn’t plan to power down, but it will join other major area businesses and organizations in upgrading to energy efficient lighting, a maneuver that could save Glendale Adventist close to $250,000 annually.
A nine-man crew has already begun the process of changing out more than 5,000 light bulbs across the complex, an undertaking that is expected to take three months, said Dan Brown, director of plant operations for the hospital.
The step to improve the center’s energy efficiency, one of many taken in recent years and one that has also been taken by Glendale Memorial Hospital, will save the facility about $225,000 annually, Brown said.