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