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Apr 4, 2007 10:19 PM

Famima Westwood - closed?

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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  1. 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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    1. re: WBGuy

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

      1. re: WBGuy

        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...

        1. re: WBGuy

          And two within a few blocks of eachother in Pasadena!

        2. 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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          1. re: PandanExpress

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

          2. 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).