Tuesday, December 7, 2010

A Market Comes to NoHo?

Fresh on the heels of news that 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!


Anonymous said...

I honestly hope a Gold's Gym does not make it into this space in place of a market. This area really needs another market. The only one in the area is Ralph's and they basically have a monopoly. With so many transit-oriented communities built here, there needs to be a market in walking distance.

Anonymous said...

I really hope you're right about this one Michael. There was a recent article where the lessor said it wasn't going to be a market because there were too many youths living in this area that don't know how to cook. Rolls eyes.


Michael Higby said...

What I had originally heard some time ago was that a Manager at the Henry's in Burbank had mentioned they were opening in NoHo to a film crew that was shooting at the Burbank store.

Another source of mine said that Eric Reuveni had confirmed it was a grocery store, however he's now telling the Business Journal it's not.

Unless he's being cagey it probably is something stupid like a gym or a Home Depot. ;)

Mitch said...

It's been more than a week; a full month now. Has anyone heard if a Henry's Farmers Market store is coming to the location?

Although if thishttp://freshneasybuzz.blogspot.com/2011/01/talks-on-sprouts-farmers-market-henrys.html is correct it might be a Sprouts Farmers Market instead.