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Famima!! to Shutter All U.S. Convenience Store Locations By End of October

The corner store outfit just couldn't hold on.

Famima!!, Downtown
Famima!!, Downtown
Farley Elliott is the Senior Editor at Eater LA and the author of Los Angeles Street Food: A History From Tamaleros to Taco Trucks. He covers restaurants in every form, from breaking news to the culture, people, and history that surrounds LA's dining landscape.

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.