HOWS, the former occupant of the grocery store space at NoHo Commons, is closing all but one of the rest of it's stores and essentially going out of a business as a chain, comes very reliable information that next week the announcement will come that a new food retailer plans to open in the space.
Could it be Henry's Farmers Market?
We had heard earlier this year rumors that Henry's was coming to the location. But Joe B. from Mayor Sam said that permits had been pulled to build a Gold's Gym there. However today we have learned from sources that principles involved in the transaction have confirmed a market is coming and that the name will be announced next week.
Henry's, a chain with roots going back before World War II, operates 35 locations in Southern California with a retro-themed, natural foods approach similar to Whole Foods but at a lower price point. Indeed Henry's had actually been owned by Whole Foods before it was aquired by a subsidiary of Smart and Final in 2007.
With a new market moving in and the demise of the HOWS' chain it's sweet justice for a community who was blamed for killing its best chance at an upscale type grocery store. Looks like it wasn't our fault after all.
Let's hope they re-open the wine room, too! Glass of pinot grigio please!