Howards Appliance and Flat Screen Superstores will be coming to Alhambra, according to city officials. It will be located at 2012 West Main Street, in a site that was previously designated for Circuit City next to Fresh & Easy. A Sears Appliance & Mattress, which opened last spring, is nearby.
While Howard's now has branches all over Southern California, its roots are in San Gabriel. Howard Roach started the store in 1946 as a television repair shop in the back of a sporting goods store. When the service side prospered, he expanded it to its own shop at on the corner of Valley Blvd. and Palm in San Gabriel. More than a half century from those humble beginnings, Howard Appliance has grown to more than 10 southern California locations, including La Habra, Torrance, all the way down to Laguna Hills. Howard's also is 100 percent employee owned company, with the majority of their employees having a financial stake in the company, according to the store’s website.