The Brentwood Village Market & Wine Shop at 11725 Barrington Court is holding a liquidation sale until March 31 and then closing its doors, according to its owner, who says he's losing his lease after receiving a notice of a rent increase.
"For me personally, I really don’t have any regrets about getting involved here," said owner Michael Satzberg on Tuesday. "It’s been really a educational and fun experience.
He said the market has provided an opportunity to meet with a lot of great people from the community and said his employees are wonderful people. Satzberg bought it 1.5 years ago, yet he believes the market dates back to the mid-1960s "if not longer."
"I'm sad for some members of the community who kind of depend on this store," Satzberg said. "They don't have transportation and they walk in and get their necessities."
Satzberg said the property owner notified him of a 35 percent rent increase and, even though they are running 10 to 11 percent ahead of 2012, he can't keep up with that increase.
"A rent increase like that makes the decision simple," he said. "I believe the owner is getting ready to renovate."
All of the market's inventory, furniture, fixtures and equipment, including the coolers and coffee machines have to go, Satzberg reiterates. They are selling it at a 20 percent discount and as the month goes by, the discount will increase.
"One of things I've learned, it's been a hard lesson," Satzberg said. "It’s really really hard to run a small business and do everything by the letter of the law and be able to make it and compete. There’s a lot of red tape and expenses, overhead and regulation that makes it diffiuclt to operate."
The decor of the business looks like a quaint grocery store with a decent beer and wine selection and a coffee bar, including a large deli with an east coast feel. Employee Michael McClure worked behind the deli Tuesday afternoon while regular patron David Tengbom, of Brentwood, sat at the counter ready to eat a a delicious cheesesteak melt.
Tengbom, who said he lives a block away on Sunset Boulevard, wore a Minnesota Vikings jacket and said he likes to come by often to eat and talk sports. He's been coming to the market for 10 years.
"The sandwiches are the best," he said. "The 'Tommy Boy' is my favorite."
That sandwich is mesquite smoked turkey breast with mozzerella, avocado, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo.
"I'd like to see this place stay the same with the store and the deli," Tengbom added. "The ownership and the people are great."
McClure echoed Tengbom's sentiments, including the 'Tommy Boy' sandwich.
"I work with some really cool guys," he said. "I get to see Dave every day and talk about sports. There's a community feel here. I see the same people five days a week."