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Brentwood Village Market & Wine Shop Holding Liquidation Sale

Store inventory selling at a 20 percent discount until the place shutters on March 31.

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."

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Joslyn Buffet March 13, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Such a sad day for the Brentwood Community. The store had such a great wine, beer and gourmet selection, it was my favorite place to shop. I am just devastated to hear this and certainly will not support this landlord or any of the other business that they own - its a disgrace........
Taxpayers United March 13, 2013 at 05:22 PM
Very sad. In other news: Paul (Taxman) Koruptz supports new Tax for services the state is responsible for (clean water FEE) which is really a TAX. A plan to charge Los Angeles County property owners a fee to fund the cleanup of local waterways seemed destined to be abandoned on Tuesday, at least temporarily. Nearly two months ago, the Board of Supervisors acknowledged that the plan (aka. Clean beaches, clean water) needed to be reworked. But now, Supervisors Gloria Molina and Don Knabe have formally recommended against instituting the measure ``at this time.'' Combined with Supervisor Michael Antonovich's vocal opposition to imposing what he's characterized as a tax, there are sufficient votes to kill the fee.
Amanda F. March 18, 2013 at 04:14 PM
It's sad that Brentwood has lost this local market that is such a big part of the community. My kids go there every day after school and I often pick up everything I need and more here. I wish the residents of Brentwood would have made an effort to be more supportive of this business and to let the landlord know that a vital part of our community is being gentrified and pushed out for god only knows what?? Too bad. I will really miss this place


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