Get to Know Bristol Farms, A SoCal-Based Specialty Food Retailer!

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Where Moms Shop For Quality Products!

Bristol Farms opened its first store in 1982. The Carson-based gourmet and specialty food retailer has since received many accolades, including that from Zagat’s Marketplace Survey which rated the local grocery chain as the number one market in overall quality and service describing the stores as “a shopper’s beautiful dream with wide aisles, helpful staff, and beautiful presentations.”


“Because so much of our business depends on serving the customer and on the value and knowledge we provide…(we) treat our employees exactly as we would want to be treated on the job,” says Kevin Davis, Chairman/President/CEO of Bristol Farms.


Bristol Farms was named after a street in West Los Angeles, and the word “Farms” was added to emphasize freshness, homemade quality and a warm glow of simple pleasures. The first store in Rolling Hills Estates is relatively small at only 17,800 square feet; it was followed four years later by a larger store in South Pasadena (22,500 square feet).

The Manhattan Beach Bristol Farms, still larger at 33,900 square feet, opened in 1991 with a catering facility and cooking school.

Bristol Farms entered the fast growing Orange County market during the summer of 1998 in Newport Beach. In June of 1999, the company acquired a small store that was a Hollywood landmark, Chalet Gourmet, and brought it into the Bristol Farms family.

In the 2000s

2000- Bristol Farms Westwood opened at the site of the former Chasen’s restaurant that serves the Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles areas. This location incorporates many of the design elements that made Chasen’s a hallowed place in the lore of “Old Hollywood”.

2006– Bristol Farms Westchester, La Jolla, and Palm Desert stores opened.

2013– Bristol Farms opens in Santa Monica.

2017– Bristol Farms Mulholland opens

Each store has a unique and distinct feel designed to facilitate the communities they are in and have been great additions to the Bristol Farms family.


Local Atmosphere

Bristol Farms’ stores have been carefully designed and decorated to create a singular shopping experience that evokes the local area.

For example, the Manhattan Beach store features murals depicting the coastal city in the 1930’s. In the West Hollywood Chasen’s store, they kept the original high back leather booths that once resided in the world famous Chasen’s Restaurant.

Other design features include stand-alone “shops” with full facades and themed props. The wine area resembles a specialty wine boutique and all merchandise is meticulously arranged by what the company calls “merchandising artistry.”

During Mommy In Los Angeles® Magazine’s print edition launch party and art exhibit on August 1st, Bristol Farms will sponsor light bites for all guests.

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