We had the good fortune of connecting with Jason Hsiao and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jason, what is the most important factor behind your success?
It’s about putting people first and the personal connections. A big developer probably would’ve came in and made decisions that were driven by profit and led to a very different finish product. We could’ve also just left everything up to the architect and broker to have a cookie cutter building and tenant mix. Instead we pour over every little detail and worked hand in hand with our tenants to design and build out the space of their dreams.
What should our readers know about your business?
Glendora Public Market is the most unique food halls in SoCal as it preserved the rich history of San Gabriel Valley and the authenticity of the 1940’s warehouse it occupies. Started by Helms Bakery and most recently Hostess’ Wonder Bread, not only are the original architectural elements preserved such as exposed brick walls, 20 foot barrel vault ceilings, and its wooden truss it also features the best curated mix of SoCal’s favorite food and beverage proprietors. From craft beer with Smog City Brewing to Jinya Ramen and Dog Haus, it’s a dynamic gathering place filled with distinct flavors of Los Angeles.
Technically it was challenging to update a mid-century building with zero modern infrastructure to the 21st century. Corralling the different tenants along with various government agencies especially since we sit on Arrow Hwy which is Los Angeles County jurisdiction required a lot of man hours and patience. It also took a lot of buy in from all sorts of stakeholders. It felt like after we took the security fence away people could finally visualize what we were trying to accomplish and became a lot more excited about it.
Ultimately, this is a place to serve the community and the independent business owners within the building. Glendora Public Market is more than just you go to coffee meeting, lunch, or after work hang out spot. We aim to integrate into all aspects of people’s lives with fitness, mommy and me time, and entertainment. For the business owners here we provide tons of permitting, construction management, and arrange a variety of shared services so they can focus on their passion and product.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
An essential to-do would be a taco tour across the city. Some of my favorites that I love sharing with people include HomeState’s breakfast taco, Tacos 1986’s adobada, Tacos y Birria La Unica’s birria tacos, Guisados’ braised tinga de pollo, Sonoratown’s homemade tortillas (and everything charred to perfection from the grill), and Guerilla Tacos for higher end, non-traditional ingredients (but not pretentious) options.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our GC (general contractor) team, Empire Construction, who tackled each challenge that came up head on and pushed this project past the finish line.