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Altadena Food Fair Market to Change Ownership

The market and cafe at the corner of New York and Allen will be open under new ownership in about a month, according to the new owner.

The Altadena Food Fair Market at New York and Allen will be closing down, changing ownership, and reopening in about a month, according to the store's new owner.

Armen Gharibi, the store's new owner, is also the owner of a market in Glendale called "Armen's Market," the name which is also planned for the new market in Altadena.

He said the market will be shut down soon for remodeling.

The market will open with a deli and will also continue to serve food as the current market does, Gharibi said.  He said the new market will be similar to the old.

As of Monday, the Altadena Food Fair Market's doors were still open, though a large sign declaring 25 percent off of purchases and a placard notifying the public of the change of ownership were prominently displayed.  

Rose Scherr May 01, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I've enjoyed buying Middle East goodies & wonderful fruits & veggies at this market for many years. I remember the kindness of the manager who gave me a case of ripe fruit on several occasions once he heard that I was buying supplies to bring to Union Station Homeless Shelter for that evening's dinner. Best wishes to Mr. Gharibi.
Steve Lamb May 01, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I hope he doesnt change anything. I really like that market
Hilary Cable May 01, 2012 at 04:38 PM
What? "sign declaing 25 percent..." I'll miss the folks who run the store now; I've gotten to know them well over the years and loved the little Cafe Le Vue out in front. Looking forward to welcoming the new owners!
michele Zack May 01, 2012 at 05:03 PM
I'll miss them greatly, also. Their fruit was more reliably good than Super King's, and I loved the Old World mom and pop atmosphere. When business was slow, the staff gathered round an old crate just outside the door on tiny stools, and enjoy little cups of coffee together.
Angela Odom May 01, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Wow, I just checked the reviews of the Glendale store on Yelp (both Armens and Armen's) and they're not good. However, the current Altadena Food Fair has excellent reviews. Aaargh, why change something so successful? I'll hold out hope the new owners will be just as good as the current ones.
Dan MacPherson May 01, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I remember the old "Alley's market" at that location when I was a boy, It was formerly across the street, The building, although just a box, has some classic 1950's lines to it-which I hope they keep. I wish them the best of luck. I will patronize them. Dan
Steve Lamb May 01, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Angela- I was SO afraid of that....Everyone sees Altadena as a underserved area to rip off. The present owners have been wonderful.
Bethany Eanes June 30, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Altadena Food Fair went out of business shortly after receiving sub-par health ratings. While the previous owners were kind, I do not feel the business was very well kept ... as shown by this problem. The new market looks like a big improvement from what I can see so far!
Steve Lamb July 01, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Uh No. The prior owners sold it and the new owners are remodeling.
AnneLiese October 07, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Yes, on many occasions, the previous owners were selling items that were way past the expiration date. I even brought this to their attention to no avail. The new market Armen's Market is a fresh change and it was worth the wait during remodeling.

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