Storefront Report: Echo Park gas station goes corporate

Echo Park’s former Magic Gas aka – Echo  Fuels – service station will be operating under the Chevron name, according to building permits.   Workers have begun install dark blue exterior paneling  across the top of the station canopies that will be part of illuminated signs with the company logo and the word “Chevron,” according to building permits that were issued.  In fact, just to make sure there is no confusion about the gasoline brand, the station will have 10 signs: 6 illuminated wall signs; four individual channel letter wall signs and two box wall signs.

The station at the corner of Echo Park and Morton avenues has been closed for nearly a year,  leaving an open space that has been used by residents and shoppers as a community parking lot.  After a series of  owner came and went in recent years,  Jafar Rashid, who owns four other gas station in Los Angeles, took control of the station earlier this year.   Rashid told The Eastsider back in February he was looking into turning the station in a Chevron but provided no details.


  1. and now here comes the bitching…..

  2. This is the corner gas station where the movie Mi Vida Loca was filmed in the 1990’s.

  3. aawwweee……

    tHee pilgrims are to blamee!

  4. No more magic 🙁

  5. WOW, I use to work here before it was painted and tried to be a coffee shop gas station. it was a great place to work and I loved the people who lived in the area. never felt in danger did get stuck in the station a few times when a person with an AK locked down the area but hell I had a tv and soda.

  6. I really don’t care anymore if they keep the “Magic Gas” name, I just want the place to open.

  7. I like the idea of being able to actually buy gas there…but now that the signs are up and they are leaving the mega-lights up all night long, I am horrified. It looks like Glendale Boulevard. Nasty, bright, flourescent, obnoxious. Did I mention I live across the street? IS all of this insane amount of light necessary? I almost want to drive into it as I come up Echo Park Ave, it’s so mesmerizing and everything else is thrown into shadow. Time to move, Echo Park is officially dead.

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