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Very soon to be RIP: How's Market in North Hollywood

maxzook Jan 10, 2010 03:40 PM

I went there Friday night to find they've posted going-out-of-business-everything-must-go signs, also that they're closing nightly at 8 pm until they shut down entirely. Which I think will be very soon -- they've already deleted the store from the website.

The store, part of the mini-chain owned by the family that used to run the Hughes Markets, opened four or five years ago in the NoHo Commons minimall at Lankershim and Chandler across from the Red and Orange Line stations. From the beginning they never seemed to attract much business, even on weekends. The storefront faced a side street, people would drive by on Lankershim and see the signs but not the store and had no idea where to park.

I'll miss the store mainly for its convenience to my daily commute. Like the other stores in the HOW's group (Pasadena, Malibu, Torrance and Granada Hills remain) they served somewhat-above-average prepared food, highlighted by excellent barbecue brisket and ribs that they cooked on an outdoor grill near the entrance.

The area is a poster-child for the bursting of the residential real-estate bubble -- I can't say I'm at all surprised. But I will miss those brisket sandwiches.

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    Burger Boy RE: maxzook Jan 10, 2010 04:24 PM

    I guess I will go to Pasadena

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      Jack Flash RE: maxzook Jan 10, 2010 05:08 PM

      That's quite unfortunate. I went there once when I was in the neighborhood (I regularly shop at the Pasadena store), and although the store itself was quite nice (everything is new & shiny, obviously), I must say that I had a difficult time finding it and getting into the parking, even though I knew generally where it was. Definitely the best supermarket in the area, too.

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        Burger Boy RE: maxzook Jan 10, 2010 05:22 PM

        I do not get that, I had no trouble figuring out to go around back and park the car. I can not believe that was what kept people away, I mean it is not that hard or maybe it is. To bad, maybe they can try Glendale again or take over the old Cordons on Hollywood just west of Edgemont, oh how I wuold love that.

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          maxzook RE: Burger Boy Jan 10, 2010 06:08 PM

          When it opened I had two people tell me they gave up trying to find the entrance, and another who didn't stop because they assumed they'd have to park in the Red Line lot. They eventually got around to putting up better signs but it may have been too late.

          I would have thought they'd get a certain amount of business from Red/Orange Line patrons but maybe it was too expensive. Maybe if they'd sold more of the hundreds of empty condos within walking distance they might've had a better shot.

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          Harry Nile RE: maxzook Jan 10, 2010 05:28 PM

          We'll find other places to buy food -- let's hope the employees find new jobs.

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            maxzook RE: Harry Nile Jan 10, 2010 06:00 PM

            Amen to that -- more important than the brisket.

          2. maxzook RE: maxzook Feb 4, 2010 10:10 AM

            Followup: It's coming up on a month since How's announced their imminent closing, and they're still open, albeit on reduced hours.

            My only reason for bringing this up is that although they're more or less down to canned food, wine and some cheese, they're running a 20% discount on everything in the store. I'm not a wine drinker, but I know they have some good stuff left.

            Call first - (818) 432-4766 - to make sure they're still open and to check the hours.

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              schrutefarms RE: maxzook Feb 4, 2010 11:32 AM

              When I lived in Toluca Lake (for about 6 months untill I couldn't hack the valley anymore), I pretty much only shopped at How's. Great customer service, food in the quality of, say, Gelsons (which is good), great produce, lovely wine selection. I never understood why it was NEVER busy. I guess that's kind of a weird location-it always seemed dead over there.

              1. Akitist RE: maxzook Feb 4, 2010 12:44 PM

                That store is/was super-convenient for me, but while the place was nice it was also pricey. Other than the previously mentioned condos most of the residences in the area were better served by the way-less-expensive Superior or Vallarta just a few minutes' drive away.

                The semi-hidden entrance couldn't have helped business. You pretty much had to know the store was there and how to access it.

                For me the only attraction was the great quality meat close to home. For that they couldn't be beat, and I'll miss them.

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                  ns1 RE: maxzook Feb 4, 2010 03:46 PM

                  I find that the problem is that I also have a Ralphs, TJ's, Jons, Albertsons, and Von's within 5 minutes of me (I live Vineland/Magnolia)

                  I mean I tell myself to go there and check it out, but I always end up at Vons or Albertsons instead...

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