CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 20, 1990
With the proposed redevelopment of Farmers Market, it is safe to say the Southland will again lose a large chapter in its quickly fading history. But what becomes worse about this loss is the ardent indifference of Hilty, president of the A.F. Gilmore Co., and the Gilmore family, which owns Farmers Market. Their reasons behind the redevelopment evolve from competition. Both Hilty and the Gilmore Co. believe the market fails to be competitive with modern-day establishments such as malls and department stores.
March 15, 1992
The Farmers Market Historic Preservation plan and first Los Angeles Ecological Cities Conference have won the Westside Prize of the Westside Urban Forum. Recognized for representing special qualities that create livable and vital urban communities, the projects, celebrating the past and future of Los Angeles, were among a dozen nominated for the prize. A.F. Gilmore Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 7, 1990
The Los Angeles City Planning Commission said the A.F. Gilmore Co. can go ahead with plans to build two department stores on a 31-acre site behind Farmers Market in the Fairfax District. While the company also wanted to build a hotel and office building, the commissioners said that would be too much development for the chronically congested area. Hank Hilty, president of the Gilmore Co, welcomed the 5-0 vote.
January 17, 1991
A Los Angeles City Council committee approved a proposal Tuesday to build a 700,000-square-foot shopping center at the Farmers Market. The proposal, which was written by City Council President John Ferraro, calls for two department stores to be built at the site, which houses a noted open-air market. The 2-0 vote by the Planning and Land Use Management Committee set the stage for a debate by the full City Council Friday. A request from the developers, the A.F. Gilmore Co.
February 20, 1992
The Chamber of Commerce has named its new slate of directors and has reelected Christopher Baumgart to a second term as board chairman. Baumgart, president of Shoreline Professional Video Systems, won 26 to 13--"an overwhelming majority," a statement by the chamber said.
January 31, 2008
Earlier this month, Kokomo Cafe owner Alfredo Diaz was disturbed to learn that the Farmers Market owner, the A.F. Gilmore Co., decided not to renew his popular Cajun restaurant's lease. Diaz, who owns the Eat Well restaurant brand, plans to replace Eat Well's Beverly and Martel location with Kokomo next month, but laments what he calls the "poor operational choices" made by Gilmore (Gilmore declined to comment).