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Our Story

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—  olives  —

committed in providing the best, freshest food to all their customers Since 2004

Olives Gourmet Grocer is, above all else, about people.  A real neighborhood store, it's the kind of place where you will be greeted by name, where the employees will remember your favorites and suggest your favorites-to-be.  Owners Laurie Semon and Erin O'Hagan both worked in the food industry - Erin for more than 25 years in prepared foods and Laurie, after a career change from x-ray technician to culinary school to chef.  They always thought about opening a neighborhood delicatessen, the kind you might see in New York City. Then, after dinner one night, as they were walking down Broadway, they saw a 'for lease' sign in a window...and within days, Olives Gourmet Grocer was born. 

Olives Gourmet Grocer opened on October 15, 2004, to great acclaim in the Belmont Heights/ Bluff Park Neighborhoods.  Now, Olives regularly has customers from Naples, Seal Beach and Bixby Knolls coming in for homemade specials!  It serves as a neighborhood anchor, providing grocery staples such as flour, milk and bread, as well as full service prepared foods, homemade specialties and hot meals every night.  

On June 25, 2008, Olives Gourmet Grocer opened it's second market in the heart of Belmont Shore.  On the corner of Argonne and Second St. this store boasts twice the size as the orginal, seating for to enjoy your lunch or dinner, a pizza oven and panini sandwiches.  With the addition of a fresh meat program and produce.  On July 8, 2014, we closed our Second St. location to focus on our growing catering business and open a cafe/ wine bar next door to our Broadway store. Stop by "taste wine-beer-kitchen" located at 3506 E. Broadway Long Beach, Ca 90803. Or call to make reservations (562) 433-1000.  taste is a farm to fork, small plate style restaurant focusing on local, fresh ingredients, with a menu that changes seasonally.


Recent Press

Grunion Gazette


Woman's Day Magazine

Long Beach Post
Best Caterer Award