L.A. CONVENIENCE: GOURMET TAKE-AWAY, PREPACKED -- AND FAST

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Urban Epicuria, a new store here that seeks to streamline the fresh-meals segment by serving only prepackaged ready-to-heat foods, has opened on busy Santa Monica Boulevard.What differentiates this operation from standard supermarket fresh-meals programs is that Urban Epicuria focuses exclusively on gourmet packaged meals and components, beverages, and a select number of

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- Urban Epicuria, a new store here that seeks to streamline the fresh-meals segment by serving only prepackaged ready-to-heat foods, has opened on busy Santa Monica Boulevard.

What differentiates this operation from standard supermarket fresh-meals programs is that Urban Epicuria focuses exclusively on gourmet packaged meals and components, beverages, and a select number of accessories, according to co-founder Wayne Davis.

"[Customers] should be able to

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