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HOWS Market to Close in NoHo Arts District
Redevelopment can be a bitch. The struggling and slowly burgeoning NoHo Arts District took a hit on Monday when HOWS Market owners announced to employees that the store would be shut down over the next few months. "It's not doing the sales," explained partner and owner Mark Oerum to LAist. On Monday, the store will begin the first steps of closing down, which will take a few months. Oerum said the company will focus on its other four stores, which are doing well.
HOWS Market was brought into NoHo Arts District as part of the neighborhood's revitalization, a long-term project that over the years has brought in such employers as Disney's Interactive Group and the Academy of Television Arts. Restaurants and bars like Pitfire Pizza Company and Big Wangs have entered the neighborhood along with a cadre of condo and apartment complexes. An art house movie theatre is in the works in addition to various other projects. Across from HOWS are terminuses for the Metro Red & Orange Lines.
"This is a sad day for NoHo," wrote Michael Higby on his website, the Downtown NoHo Times. Oerum agrees, noting the hit to his employees: "It affects a lot of people."