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Famima Heads to the Historic Core

By Eric Richardson
Published: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, at 12:55PM
New Famima!! in Union Station waltarrrrr [Flickr]

This Famima location in Union Station opened in October of 2010.

Upscale convenience chain Famima has blossomed Downtown in recent years, even as its efforts elsewhere in the Los Angeles area have met with mixed success.

The chain closed its Culver City location last month, but will soon be opening its seventh Downtown location according to city permit filings.

A signage permit application places the new location in the Spring Arcade Building, likely in the area currently closed off for construction at 544 S. Broadway. Two applications were filed last Thursday, one for a window sign and one for an exterior sign.

The location will be the closest one to the Historic Core's large residential population. The company's other six locations are focused on office workers and transit users.

The Spring Arcade building reopened as a residential property last year after a lengthy on-again-off-again conversion.

Famima's first Downtown location opened in October of 2006. Three of the company's Downtown locations—Union Station, 700 Wilshire and 727 W. 7th—are open 24 hours.

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