Cost of living just went up for Glassell Park bargain hunters

For more than 20 years Jose Mejia shopped at Shims Bargain Center in Glassell Park for deeply discounted and 99-cent packs of napkins, tape, paint rollers, disposable plates, sodas and Christmas decorations. Nearly a week did not go by when the Glassell Park resident did not stop at the store at the corner of San Fernando Road and Fletcher Drive to pick up another bargain. But last week, when Mejia came to pick up some carpet deodorizer on his way home from work,  the construction worker found the doors to Shims Bargain locked and a green banner hanging overhead announcing the store’s closure.

“It was so cheap,” said Mejia. “We are going to miss them.”

What’s going to replace Shims?

A listing on LoopNet shows that the 11,600-square foot space is up for lease starting at a monthly asking rate of $2 a square foot. The owners are offering to cut up the space at the strip mall that anchors one corner of the busy intersection – aka Fletcher Square – into smaller storefronts and update the facade with a screen and brown and tan color palate.

Some of the other tenants were not aware of the landlord’s plans for Shims. Ana Kim, owner of Hans Gift shop, which remains in business next to the now empty discount store, said she was aware that Shims lease had expired but had did not know any other details. “People have been coming by asking” about Shims, she said.

Rendering from LoopNet.com

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  1. Bet you it’s Target. Or a Walgreens.

    • more likely the owners greed. always more profitable to pull in a handful of rents, than 1 long time renter that pays the same rent they did in 1981.

  2. Plus size ladies clothing

  3. Bring back Hughes!!

  4. Do brown and tan really make a color “palate”? Not that’s it’s currently anything to behold. That rendering just looks like every other barren wasteland strip mall in this city. Is there a free template online somewhere for commercial slumlords to submit to the city? This must be it!

    Expanses of torn up/worn down asphalt? Check!
    Lack of any foliage? Check!
    Brown/Beige/Tan color scheme? Check!
    Prime intersection for some serious sign twirling action? Check!

  5. Even though it’s a major intersection, I remember when it was Hughes it was difficult getting in and out of the parking lot. As I remember, the opposite corner (Denny’s, Pollo Loco) was being considered for some different use itself (something to do with the old bakery?).
    There were plans to improve San Fernando Road in this area (plans either delayed or cancelled), and that huge white elephant, the old KMart store and lot…unless the owner of this property knows something about the KMart property or something else going on in the area, I can’t think of any chain stores that would want to come in. I can’t think of that many small businesses that could thrive in this location; it would take a lot of foot traffic (not much there, really) and a high volume of sales to meet the overhead. The mini-mall to the north takes care of fast food (burgers, subway, chinese, etc) so what else?
    Naming it Fletcher Square doesn’t change the fact this intersection is stuck back in the 80s…
    It’s a neighborhood intersection, not a destination, and a neighborhood going nowhere as yet….
    Sorry to see Shim’s go.

  6. What a shocker? No one even knew they were closing. And, what an eyesore. The place looked horrible for many years. The owners did not care to fix it up. It was a shocker that a Panda Express came into the building. Hopefully those cheap owners will now fix up the place so it will look nice. All the owner cares about is the money. They never cared about the neighborhood.

  7. And, this eyesore for many years is in Councilmember Eric Garcetti’s area, who is now running for mayor. He didn’t care that this place was an eyesore ever since Hughes Market moved out. Don’t vote for anyone that has not done their job.

  8. I also remember that before the crappy Shims it was a Hughes Market that had a Van de Kamps Bakery outlet inside (bakery was still operational at that time). It’s been a second rate area probably since they put the 2 Frwy thru there. I agree, that area is a hot MESS. Gangs, empty real estate, Van de Kamps going on for too many y e a r s….

  9. Income Property Los Angeles

    Yet somehow 99-cent stores survived on Fairfax and Wilshire, AND Fairfax and 6th!

  10. I vote for 6 organic pharmacies

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