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Point Pizza Malibu Closing its Doors

A manager at the popular pizza and sandwich shop says the owner of the Point Dume Village did not want to renew the lease.

UPDATE at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10: The son-in-law for Hye Song Oh, who owns Point Pizza, said she has made changes, including offering some organic ingredients. Also, a rally is set for 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12 at the Point Dume Village on Heathercliff Road and Pacific Coast Highway. Read more: Outraged Malibu Residents Plan Rally to Save Point Pizza.

UPDATE at 12:12 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10: Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis says he agonized over the decision to replace Point Pizza Malibu with D'Amores Famous Pizza. Read more: UPDATE: Owner Says He Agonized Over Point Pizza Decision.

UPDATE at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9: Opposition to the announcement about the change at Point Dume Village erupted over social media overnight. A Facebook group called "Save Point Pizza" popped up, and had 473 fans as of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, and nearly 900 by midnight Wednesday. See more social media reaction by reading: Malibu Reacts to Closing of Point Pizza.

UPDATE at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9: The property manager for the Point Dume Village says Point Pizza Malibu's lease expired and that the owner of the shopping center opted to go with another locally operated pizza place as part of an effort to improve quality. Read more: Property Manager Says Point Pizza Given Chance to Improve Quality.

ORIGINAL POST from Monday, Oct. 8: Point Pizza Malibu will be closing at the Point Dume Village in December.

"The end of December is going to be our last day," said Eric Ramirez, manager at Point Pizza, which had been in business for nearly 25 years.

Ramirez said local customers have been upset over the news, but the owner of the shopping center, Zan Marquis, did not want to renew the lease.

"We’re trying to stay here," Ramirez said. "He doubled the rent, and we agreed to pay, but it still didn’t work."

A statement on the Point Pizza Facebook page reported that the reason the owner decided to opt for another operator is not known.

"All we can say is that the landlord has told us that he has decided to lease to another operator that will do gourmet, all organic, all natural pizza, which is keeping in his new direction for Point Dume Village. We would like to thank all of the Malibu residents and our loyal customers that have supported us over the last 24 years," the statement read.

Marquis did not respond to repeated requests over email and the phone for comment.

Malibu City Councilman Skylar Peak, who lives near the shopping center, said he was "devastated" by the news.

"I'm crushed," Peak said. "That business has supported employing local kids since its been around and [the owner] Hye Song [Oh] is one of the most courteous, nicest business operators you could ever ask for in the city of Malibu."

He acknowledged the property owner has rights, but said it is time to "preserve the character of local businesses in this town." When pressed, he did not provide specifics.

"Something needs to happen. It is hard to get anything that people will agree on. I hate to say that. We've got to come up with something legit," Peak said, adding that he does not want to see a chain store go in.

A Facebook post on the Preserve Malibu Coalition page called on community members to protest.

"Malibu, are you all hearing this? Another beloved Malibu business evicted. Guido's gone, now our local Pizza. When is enough, enough?" the post stated.

Across town, Antonio Castanos, the owner of Guido’s, recently announced the popular restaurant will be closing after failing to reach a long-term lease agreement. The owner of the Malibu Village, Matt Khoury, told the Malibu Times that Castanos opted to end a month-to-month lease.

J. Flo October 09, 2012 at 03:17 AM
OK, the problem with boycotting the center is that it will only hurt the local, small tenants. THEY are one's paying him and we if all stop going there, they can't stay in business. We don't want to harm Pt. Pizza further or Lily's, the Pharmacy or Savory - any of those small businesses. Let's hold a big rally for all those businesses at the Pt. Dume center ASAP, bring signs, bring kids, get this on the TV news and newspapers. Let's stand up and loudly let these landlords know that Malibu residents want to protect our small businesses. And then, each and everyone of us must come to City Hall. Preserve Malibu has been working around the clock for 1.5 years trying to get this city to enact and enforce legal safeguards that will protect our small businesses and our local services! Without that protection, we will all be fighting evictions business by business - until they are all gone. It will eventually hit them all - let's help put a stop to this at the city level with a strong ordinance. John Sibert has been a force in helping this forward - we all need to get our city to get this done. Other city halls across our country have done this, with force and with willingness. Including our sister city, Ojai. Even San Francisco. Malibu can and it must, this incredible, beautiful gem of a city and its wonderful people and businesses are worth that. Our city, our home, the joy we have living here - is worth it.
Di October 09, 2012 at 03:21 AM
I suppose this Marquis guy could care less if people boycott or protest. He's sitting on a potential gold mine for himself and he knows it. MAYBE he would notice a dip in profits "off-season", but afterall, it's not as if Malibu is buried in snow and inaccessible. And I guess there would always be enough sales generated to keep him afloat. The only answer might be to find a BIGGER fish in the sea who could buy the guy out....someone who has enough money and would rather have the Pt. Dume shopping center truly represent "old Malibu".... bring back the Dume Room, the little jewelry shops (maybe with locally made items) .....maybe a Saturday market.... the whole retro Malibu scene with appropriate prices (NOT Rodeo-style)... and I bet that kind of a casual day-in-the-Bu type of place would actually attract visitors. Maybe a re-construct of a (slightly smaller) Colony Coffee shop with old-school waitresses on rollerskates coming to your car! ANYhoooo.....yeh. I'm afraid buying him out would be the only way. As Hans said, you can't restrict the kinds of businesses allowed on private property as long as they ARE allowed. Idea #2: Maybe proposing an Old Bu Center would interest Marquis, if he thought he could make money from it. Naive ideas, I know, but I just wish we could all do something to stop it. Look what happened to our darling Paradise Cove!! yick Talk about too much!! Well, good luck!
Di October 09, 2012 at 03:25 AM
I totally agree with you J Flo. Please...nobody do the boycott thing. It really would just hurt the very shop owners we want to help.
Jessica E. Davis October 09, 2012 at 03:59 AM
I've added more quotes to the story from Councilman Skylar Peak and a bit about calls for protests from the Preserve Malibu Coalition. Also, I have not given up on trying to get in touch with Mr. Marquis.
Jessica E. Davis October 09, 2012 at 04:16 AM
@Jacks, while I appreciate your enthusiasm, I had to delete your comment because you used a highly offensive cuss word. Feel free to re-post your comment without the profanity. Thank you.
Kristina Kell October 09, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Kids hanging out in front a problem? If that's the excuse for not renewing the lease, it's a load of BS. The people who hang out in front of Point Pizza are mostly neighborhood folks. AND what about Subway? The landlord surely didn't give any consideration to Point Pizza, (who's menu consists of pizza AND sandwiches) when they allowed Subway to move in next door. It's as if they wanted to put them out of business - but Point Pizza kept on plugging away, clean, good food and polite service - doing their best in the face of the competition - then he doubles the rent and cites kids as the problem. This is terrible. Malibu is turning into one big shopping mall.
Alessandra DeClario October 09, 2012 at 05:04 AM
I agree with J. Flo - rallies and march to City Hall with demands. There are not enough places for kids to hang out in Malibu. I enjoy watching the teens at Pt. Pizza interact... And J. Flo - great insight - what you said above (another pizza joint is going to step in and reap the benefits of her 20+ years of hard work and Malibu devotion).
hellwood October 09, 2012 at 05:09 AM
...kids hanging out? Hmm...I wonder if a creative lawyer could turn this into a case of discrimination if compelling evidence was produced?
Zareh Baghdasarian October 09, 2012 at 06:11 AM
you gone see more local businesses closely soon. With new landlords moving in from other areas with giant portfolio of big clients all they would care about is to increase their revenue by bringing big names and sell high to another giant, and city can not and will not do anything to stop. The lease terms and prices have reach to a level that only brand names can survive with little traffic for sake of being in Malibu. Actually, I know for fact brand names get much better terms than small local business owner. It is a no win situation for local business owner. With another giant nationwide developer buying Malibu Lumber Yard, expect much more changes.Unless city comes to an agreement for special treatment of small business owners and demand for them to honor it, I dont see why anything will change. I see land lords go in front of city council and give very good lip service, but when it comes to act, they do not care at all. They just care about getting maximum out of their lease space and will kick the small guy out for a brand name who will pay the price they are asking. I have seen even they give better terms to major brand so they can run a flag up and donw the media that they have so and so as tenant. This is the fact and the reality. Sad but true.There are solutions that easily can be implemented. City council needs to be strong to put it in place and enforce it, and do not buy in the lip service given by the land lords . What they say to city is full of crab.
Claudia Ramirez October 09, 2012 at 06:52 AM
Go to point pizza's facebook for an update! https://www.facebook.com/PointPizzaMalibu?ref=ts&fref=ts
Jessica E. Davis October 09, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Thank you Claudia. I have included the statement in the story.
Mark Hayes October 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Hey Marquis we dont like it when you throw out businesses that we frequent. Did you get permits for all of that expensive seating you installed overnight?? I know you think we are just peasants and dont really care what we think but peasants have overthrown a dictator before. I dont want an organic pizza I want Point Pizza and the handmade subs my family has been eating for years. You better not blink without a permit cuz we are watching you and your corrupt practices.
Mark Hayes October 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Hey Marquis did you get a permit for the big community table in the "no seat bakery"?
Dreamer October 09, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I usually bite my tongue but find I cannot this time. First off let me remind EVERYONE that there are two sides to every story, example would be Malibu Business Shipping Center, or wait excuse me Malibu Business and Shipping CONNECTION, (I forgot they changed their name). One could go and speak to their last 2 landlords and the current one as well and find out their side of the story, I know firsthand both stories there and it isn't pretty (for the Landlords) Mostly what I see here is "I HEARD" well people don't you know not to go with what 'you heard' but instead get facts? Especially in these parts! Most of the people we live around have their lives ruined by false statements. We scream and cry that we hate war, What is this I ask?? A war in our own town / neighborhood, people screaming mad, being overly vocal (again without all the facts) Maybe, sometimes it is time for people to have change in their life, whether it be from God (or the universe as some of you believe) we need to have Faith. Calling in the boycotts, and protests and God forbid, the media (Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!) This is what causes division (war), issues and disagreement, one side not getting their way. Everyone wants change, but then when they get it they complain about that too. When I moved here a few years ago there was no grocery store or anything in that plaza, really it was quite sad, like a mini ghost town, and then things started happening, and what else? Complaining an Grumbling!
Dreamer October 09, 2012 at 04:39 PM
And those that do are the lineage to the ones that laughed and mocked at the guy that invented the wheel, or those brothers that put wings on their bicycle or the guy that tied a key to his kite string (you get my point) Another note, we don't buy Pt Pizza, it is too expensive, and my kids have had it at various get togethers and say they don't like it. D'Amoires? same thing, and they say it makes their stomach hurt, so go figure, you can please some of the people some of the time and most of the people none of the time. As far as kids hanging out down there, that is not a place for kids to hang out, they need a rec hall etc, but guess what, when the city tries to suggest that here soon, you all will be out there with your torches and pitch forks again. Here is my challenge, go sit down there and open your eyes and watch what goes on. I have. You'll see young people 'pimping' alcohol, you'll see them run out of the store with a case of beer and a bottle of Hard A (as they call it) why not too long ago the security guard over there had a full time drug shop out of his trunk for quite some time. If you don't believe me ask around, for a time I didn't even want to enter the store because of 'the crowd' that loitered in front of the doors, some were employees, some were customers of the 'security guard' many from here and some from else where. (again you can ask, or you can open your eyes and see it for yourself)
Dreamer October 09, 2012 at 04:43 PM
So again we do not know what is going on behind the scenes with the leasor and leasee, but another thing I do know, it is quite possibly some issues that we don't know, and when we all take one side and gang up, we can victimize the accused side in ignorance, and thus enable the accuser. Like it or not, Malibu has become an attraction, just turn on the TV, all the movie scenes, Hanna Montanna, Sonny with a chance, 2 1/2 Men, Iron man (just to name a couple) people wanna come here and touch the things and see the places they think these people have been, rather than realize that is all created in a studio somewhere else. Ya know how many visitors I have had come visit me and when asked 'what do you want to do?" can you guess their answer? They all want to see Charlie Harper or Tony Starks houses. (I rest my case!) I came here not knowing these things about this town, any of it (yes I was raised in a cave, or close to it :) but I love it here, all the chaos, the people, from Bums to Billionaires. Listen to the Byrds sing Turn Turn Turn or read it in Ecclesiastes
John October 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Sad to see a local business that supported the kids and families go, but honestly the food stinks.
austin hardy October 09, 2012 at 05:23 PM
The only solution here is for the city to float a massive bond issue to purchase all the commercial property within the city limits. As was proved with the new City Hall and Legacy Park the city will always be a much better trustee than private enterprise. Who else but government brainiacs could have destroyed a world-class music venue to make more opulent offices for politicians or created a park designed for the needs of insects and weeds instead of tax-paying human beings?
Dru Ann Jacobson October 09, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Oh my gosh...where do I start! Another local, single owner business, being pushed out by a "greedy" landlord! How are we going to stop this? Hue Sung is a wonderful person ,as is any of the other business owners that have been pushed out, over rent increases, etc. I had a long talk with Hue Sung a couple of weeks ago, and she was near tears, as she told me about what was happening...she was going to accept the rent increase, change her business name, and go as organic as possible, to remain in her store...but NO, Zan Marquis, is not a gentleman, (is Subway going to go organic? No way, it was awful he even let them go in right next door to Pt. Pizza) it seems he already had a deal brewing with D'Amore's...Shame on Mr. Marquis and D'Amore's!!! One local business pushing out another...really kind! My children have grown up at Point Pizza, one has worked there, Hue Sung and her staff have treated all the kids and their families of Malibu as FAMILY....Preserve Malibu and the the rest of our community have to make a stand...at least let Zan Marquis know how you feel...Come on everyone, let's rally, we still have that freedom!!
Jessica E. Davis October 09, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Zan Marquis has been out of the country in Israel and I just got off the phone with the property manager and I'll have an update posted shortly.
Bob Perkins DDS October 09, 2012 at 06:06 PM
Dru Ann- great comments....Hue Sung is as much Malibu as anyone else out here....maybe we could organize a big gathering at Pt. Pizza in support of her and her business. If for no other reason, to show her how much she has meant to this part of town. It's the least we can do. It might be a way to let other landlords know how much we support the local businesses (25 years) and how this kind of thing is going to be met with a lot of dissent.
Niles Akbar October 09, 2012 at 06:06 PM
What in God's name are you blathering about, "Dreamer?" Your posts are nearly entirely incomprehensible. Edit, edit, edit next time.
R Y A N October 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Does the change proposed allow revisitation of the CUP/septic/parking capacities? All the parameters side-stepped during the major remodel to bring in Pavilions left customers without places the needed capacities to access and park, and were forced to endure further construction and horrible sewage stench. Perhaps the storefront must be boarded up until any parking and sewage deficiencies are cured.
Dru Ann Jacobson October 09, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Thank you Dr. Perkins! Come on everyone...let's get a rally going!!! The sooner the better...this Friday or next Monday...we want to be there when the property offices of Zan Marquis are open! Malibu High School students, have your voices heard!
J. Flo October 09, 2012 at 07:32 PM
I hope that everyone here goes to the new thread of this center's response!!! Please take a read > http://malibu.patch.com/articles/property-manager-says-point-pizza-malibu-given-chance-to-change#comment_5002502
Sam October 09, 2012 at 07:42 PM
this is just terrible, point pizza is a great place, and we really do need to fight this. Zan Marquis is killing point dume. hes already pushed out too many local business's and we need to show him that it is not ok. if you know anybody that works at point pizza, you know how wonderful the people there are, its like a family, Hye Song is like a mother to our small community, she helps local kids get jobs when no one else will hire them, if you dont have money, she gives you food anyways. its how a local business should be and if we dont fight this its all going to be gone.
John October 09, 2012 at 08:38 PM
the service sucked anyways
Jessica E. Davis October 10, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Thank you Jae. I have also included a link to the property manager's response at the top of this story.
James Sanders October 10, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Jessica Ysordia writes on the Patch: "What fellow Malibu residents are unaware of is the fact that Mr. Marquis has financially invested in businesses, such as Savory (which he legally owns a share of)" I concur. A financial source connected to the center has also conveyed to my wife and I that Mr. Marquis was making demands on the owner of Savory Restaurant, while charging him an exorbitant rent, in order for his business to survive this tenant was forced to relinquish a percentage of his monthly profits to Marquis. Handing him a part ownership of the restaurant. I am asking that our local Malibu Patch investigate this information and confirm. If this is indeed fact, this defines in my mind the most egregious of landlord behaviors.
Diana Mullen October 12, 2012 at 03:35 AM
I'm sure a great number of people would be very interested in that investigation, James! I hope The Patch follows your lead.

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