Shopping returns to Tustin

March 27, 2012 by  

The retail space on the corner of Bryan Avenue and Tustin Ranch Road, that Sears Essential left empty almost three years ago, has a new occupier. Aria International Supermarket opened recently, providing the city of Tustin with a new grocer.

Sears Holdings Corp. vacated the space on May 31, 2009 and moving into the space required more than just the signing of a lease. According to a representative from Aria, there were a variety of renovations necessary before the space would be able to be functional and to pass necessary health codes, According to Mohammad Ariarad, vice president of the supermarket chain, the site had no plumbing and transforming the space took almost two years.

Aria International Supermarket occupies 110,000 square feet and is one of the three largest grocery stores in the Super Irvine Group, a California-based grocery store holding company that also owns the Super Irvine and Crown Valley Market. Aria specializes in international foods and will offer seasonal products related to world holidays. Ariarad explained that the store would start out with Middle Eastern and Persian foods but the plan was to bring foods from all over the world, including Japan, Mexico, China, India, and others.

The store’s opening will do more than just add to the cultural appeal of Tustin. Dozens of jobs will be created. The company will also work with local farmers and distributors. New retailers entering a market typically benefit from catalog printing, from reliable local printing companies, in an effort to inform customers of the goods and services offered by the stores.