Harvest Ranch closes at Del Mar Plaza

By Claire Harlin

Those who attended wine tastings and special events at the Harvest Ranch Market —which abruptly closed Dec. 31 after serving Del Mar for 25 years — can continue attending those events at La Jolla’s Jonathan’s Market, a specialty grocer of the same company.

Al Bercuson, the director of Jonathan’s, said the owners did not renew the lease at the Del Mar Plaza, located at 1555 Camino Del Mar, and he was not authorized to comment on why. He said he would be updating the website, www.harvestranchmarkets.com, later this week with more information. In the meantime, store employees are cleaning up the 12,000-square-foot Del Mar site, a large task that includes moving all the wine to the La Jolla location.

“The good news is that 90 percent of the people who worked at Harvest Ranch got moved to other stores,” Bercuson said.

Harvest Ranch was known for its extensive wine selection, as well as its rare and imported meats, cheeses and snacks.

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2 Comments for “Harvest Ranch closes at Del Mar Plaza”

  1. charles

    Al Bercuson is a liar. Only 4 people were kept and there was no notice to employees of closure. They did it on New years Eve. Cold, heartless and insensitive.

  2. guppylady

    Charles is right. He is a liar. When Jonathan’s shut down, for months and months prior he said it was NOT going to be closed. It did. He also told that almost everyone could keep their jobs. very few did. Not only that, almost ALL the employees at Harvest Ranch in Encinitas have been fired or bullied to quit. Harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Snide and sarcastic. He is not a professional, nor does he know anything about a gourmet market. People are right. He is the Grim Reaper for stores. Anyone want to take a bet he will drive Harvest Ranch to closure before the end of the year.

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