Point Pizza Malibu Prepares to Close

Hye Song Oh, the owner of Point Pizza Malibu, has been left with no choice but to close her business of 25 years at the end of the month, according to her family.

With just weeks left until Point Dume Pizza's owner Hye Song Oh plans to close her business of 25 years, community members have ratcheted up their efforts to have a sit-down meeting with her landlord.

"He won’t even talk to us, much less meet with us," said Kim McGee, a Malibu resident and one of several protesters who marched into the management office of Point Dume Village owner Zan Marquis and requested a meeting on Nov. 10.

"We really want to understand what his agenda is here," McGee said. "Why is he unresponsive to his neighbors?"

Andy Borenzweig, a USC student who grew up in Malibu and started the Save Point Pizza Facebook Page, said he also requested a sit-down meeting with Marquis.

"I emailed him. It was a very respectful and nice email. He didn’t respond, which was kind of expected. I wanted to sit down and have a more intimate way to elaborate our stance on why we wanted Point Pizza to stay," Borenzweig said.

Hye Song Oh has said previously she wants to stay at the location. Marquis has said he wanted to bring in a new local operator, D'Amore's, as part of an effort to bring healthier options to the center.

The Point Pizza ownership has said they offered healthier options over the years and agreed to a rent increase. Now that Oh is getting older, she does not have the ability to open a new location, according to Charles Lee, Oh's son-in-law.

Lee, who speaks on behalf of his mother-in-law at her request, said they have not tried to meet with Marquis.

"We do not think anything would result from a meeting with Zan. Point Pizza will be closing on Dec. 31," Lee said. "Mr. D'Amore agreed to take the space 'as is' so Hye Song can run the store through the 31st."

He said is not sure what Oh plans to do after the closing other than spend some time with family and look for a new job.

"I am not sure what she can do with her skill set. Maybe working a cash register in a restaurant or retail," Lee said.

Both Borenzweig, McGee and others have been working on a last-ditch effort to allow Point Pizza to remain open.

"I think that the protests are still a good method, but they are being exhausted and they have their limitations," Borenzweig said.

Borenzweig, who is a graduate of Malibu High School, said he got involved because of his love for Point Pizza, and that he is hopeful that perhaps people in Malibu will consider donating funds to help Oh.

Marquis did not respond to a request for comment on this story.

Kim McGee December 06, 2012 at 11:28 PM
The closing of Pt Pizza is sad and tragic on many levels; the loss to our community of yet another beloved long-standing local business, the incomprehensible and perplexing unwillingness of a landlord (who claims he wants to "serve his community's needs") to meet with or even listen to people from the community, etc. But the real tragedy here is what is being done to a fellow human being. Hye Song has agreed to every single demand the landlord has made on her including increased rent, changing her menu, etc. Yet still she is being forced out of her 24-year-old business and left with nothing. And for what? What benefit is it to a retail landlord to force the close of a successful and popular business? What does he gain? Not to mention the fact that another local business is willingly participating in this callous and heartless situation. (Watch out D'Amore's - your true colors are showing. Do you always kick a person when they're down, or do you only do it when there's something in it for you?). Is this what our community has come to? Are we willing to stand idly by and watch someone be treated this way? Hye Song has fed our families, employed our kids, and supported our schools and community for all these years - she is now being unjustly wronged. That is the real tragedy here.
Kim McGee December 06, 2012 at 11:31 PM
We currently have thousands of signatures from local people who strongly object to the bullying tactics of Zan Marquis and D'Amore's, and who refuse to support another restaurant moving into Pt. Pizza's location. What is being done to Hye Song is so clearly wrong - how loudly do we have to scream before we are heard?
Ken Griffen December 07, 2012 at 12:04 AM
I personally feel bad for Point Pizza however the landlord owns the shopping center and is within his rights to not meet with the protesters and rent to whom he decides.
From afar December 07, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Zan, Merry Christmas, I hope Jacob Marley pays you a visit!
Benny December 07, 2012 at 01:39 AM
I hope an attorney will volunteer their services to see if Hye Song has a case against the landlord. Whey wasn't Point Pizza invited to the "taste test" which the landlord claims decided who the tenant would be? How can a landlord choose a tenant based upon taste unlike objective criteria as payment history, financial reserves, credit, etc? A good case could buy Point Pizza some time or perhaps a legal victory including damages.


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