It seemed, for a time, that Famima!! would take over the world — or at least Los Angeles. Now, less than a decade after the Japanese-based brand first landed in the City of Angels, they’re pulling out completely.
Word of the departure first comes from Toddrickallen, in a short post noting the disappearance of Santa Monica’s outlet on the Third Street Promenade. He also points to a Wikipedia entry saying that all Famima!! locations will be shuttered across Southern California by the end of October, and a call to one Downtown storefront confirms the news.
It’s a surprising end for the slightly upmarket convenience store from Japan. As recently as 2012 various websites were touting the rapid expansion and growth of the near-ubiquitous brand, but just as fast as it arrived it now looks like all traces will be disappearing. Need your fix of any of their grab-and-go steam buns, rice balls, or deli sandwiches? You’ve only got a couple of weeks.