This is confirmed by a quick look at the agenda of the OB Planning Committee’s Project Review Committee for September 18th. Action Item No. 1 was an application for a “Alcoholic Beverage Control License Type 21” for CVS Pharmacy at4949 Santa Monica Avenue in OB. That’s the exact location of the old Apple Tree.
CVS was applying for a liquor license for the sale of wine and distilled spirits for consumption off the premises.
But the agenda item was pulled at the last moment because, as we are told, the applicant “wasn’t ready.”
The applicant – CVS Pharmacy – is according to the agenda planning a store that “will be a pharmacy/retail establishment with less than 10% of floor space dedicated to alcohol sales ….”
This is big news and a big deal for the community.
The empty building has sat there for nearly a year, being a large eyesore on the 1.21 -acre site. Villagers and groups protested its closure, but to no avail. The owner of the market was forced out – promising to open up a smaller version of his market at his other property on Newport, the old Bank of America/ Rock Paper Scissors building – then housing the OB Surf and Skate Shop. The skate shop was evicted – but no market ever materialized.
The OB Rag did a poll on its closing, and the responses were very mixed, with over a fifth voting that the old Apple Tree was dirty and smelly and they wouldn’t miss its departure.
Over the months, rumors have swirled that different companies would move in to the large, Fifties-style cavern on Santa Monica. First it was Foodland, then People’s Food, and then even Wal-Mart. None were true.
Questions have also been raised as to what’s to become of the old murals on the Santa Monica side. We’ve also raised complaints over the months’ long empty and weed-filled, fence-ringed old parking lot and its landscaping.
If approved, the CVS Pharmacy would presumably take over the building without destroying it and also take over management of the parking lot.