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Jan 10, 2010 03:40 PM

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

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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  1. I guess I will go to Pasadena

    1. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: Burger Boy

          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.

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

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          1. re: Harry Nile

            Amen to that -- more important than the brisket.

          2. 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.