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Famima Westwood - closed?

desk_hack Apr 4, 2007 10:19 PM

I just drove by the location of the Westwood Famima and it looked like it was boarded up. Anyone know if/when/why it was closed?

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    mojoeater Apr 6, 2007 09:46 AM

    I talked to one of their VP's before they opened the WeHo location. LA is their test market in the US. They intended to open a lot of stores in various places, knowing some would close. They've done a ton of market research and are just trying to see what works. Hugely successful in Japan and Korea (I think it's called FamilyMart over there).

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      PandanExpress Apr 5, 2007 03:21 PM

      Yeah, they closed last Friday I believe. A couple days before that, they were having a 50% off sale on a lot of items in the store and now I regret not stocking up on some ice-cream mochi.

      I was surprised they closed as well. While the store wasn't exactly bustling, whenever I walked there from work around 3-4pm there was usually one other customer around and I've seen kids go in there afterschool while waiting for the bus.

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        zinFAN Apr 5, 2007 04:56 PM

        They really should open a micro mini-mart at UCLA Ackerman or maybe south campus where all the Asian engineering/science students lunch ;-)

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          compucook Apr 5, 2007 10:56 PM

          Terrible location- no parking!

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        WBGuy Apr 5, 2007 12:16 AM

        They closed March 30th, not enough customers I assume. They have a store in Culver City as well as WeHo and SM.

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          Burger Boy Apr 5, 2007 06:09 AM

          they are opening those things to fast, in my opinion, just like pink berrys!

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            silence9 Apr 5, 2007 09:39 AM

            The (non)parking situation at the Westwood location (Ohio and Westwood blvd) bordered on the absurd, whether at mid-day/weekdays or weekend evenings. That corner has (relatively) little foot traffic, plus competes with nearby establishments with no parking either. I once circled the place like a fool for 15 minutes, just to (unsuccessfully) drop in for their $2 fried curry bread. A mile further north and nearer to UCLA, and they would've made it big. Too bad...

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              WildSwede Apr 6, 2007 09:40 AM

              And two within a few blocks of eachother in Pasadena!

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