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Point Pizza Owner: 'I am Losing Part of My Own Family'

Hye Song Oh, the owner of Point Pizza Malibu, says goodbye to the Malibu community in the days before the closure of her business of nearly 25 years.

Point Pizza Malibu owner Hye Song Oh said she will close the restaurant on Dec. 31 knowing that she was valued in the community.

"However sad this closure is for me, I will always remember the overwhelming love and support shown by the great people of Malibu and can now close the store knowing that I was a valued part of this great community," Song said in a statement to Malibu Patch.

Point Pizza will close its doors at 8 p.m. Dec. 31 at the Point Dume Village shopping center on Heathercliff Road and Pacific Coast Highway. The shopping center's owner, Zan Marquis, opted not to extend her lease and instead decided to sign a new one with D'Amore's Famous Pizza, which has another location in Malibu.

Hundreds in the Malibu community have protested the closure, but Marquis has not changed his mind or agreed to meet with proteters. Many have said they will boycott D'Amore's when it opens.

Song thanked the Malibu community for its support at the rallies and over Facebook, where a group "Save Point Pizza" has nearly 2,000 members. A closing party is planned for 5:30 p.m. Dec. 31 at Point Pizza.

"The most difficult part of this closure is the fact that I will not be able to see the customers that have been coming into the store over the years. I know their families, have seen their children grow up and bring in their own children, and I know what they are going to order even if they have not been in the store for months or years," Song said. "I feel like I am losing part of my own family."

Barbara Jean Carey December 29, 2012 at 03:57 PM
You have touched us in many ways. Thank you for everything. No one can compete with your subs! I wish you all the love, health, wealth, happiness and success in your journey.
Bette D December 29, 2012 at 05:06 PM
There is no comparison to the quality and service at Point Pizza. I will miss hearing Hye Song asking, "Lunch special with a diet?"
Marilyn Sands December 29, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Thank you for your wonderful food. Marilyn Sands
Michel Shane December 29, 2012 at 06:55 PM
A true community supporter, giving back, not just taking...some merchants could learn a lesson here, its not about just making money but giving back to the community that supports you. I am sorry to see you go and will make sure to come in for a pie one last time. Thank you for all your support and one of the best pizza's around.
J. Flo December 29, 2012 at 07:40 PM
I am so, so sad. I feel like we failed her. Let's all keep looking for a new location for Hye Song! If we look - one will be found! She is family - let's keep her here!
Malibu December 30, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Even if you did it's too late. All of the equipment has to be sold and b/w low vacancy and insane lease rates to encourage big box stores there would never be a return enough to buy new equipment without a small pizza costing $50.00. New zoning and local retail needs to be approved and built in the canyon. Malibu will quickly become a touristy eyesore with no character and everyone including landlords will lose in the end...
Cindy Vandor December 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Lou, Joan, John, Laura, Skylar: you have dithered for years and not delivered on your promises to do all you can to maintain resident-serving businesses. Have you done all you can? Or have you favored developers and made the business climate much harder here for resident serving businesses? Did the way you set up the finances for the Lumber Yard hurt or help Malibu residents? Have Reva Feldman and Jim Thorsen proven to be good financial forecasters? Not judging by me or Hye Song. She has been put out of business and I have no need nor desire to shop at the Lumber Yard. Ever. It is time City Council and highly paid city employees did something for the residents they represent by passing a tough retail diversity ordinance covering ALL of Malibu.

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